Conferences and events

Conferences and events can positively contribute to career progression in STEM and the advancement of scientific discovery. It is essential that these events enable and support the attendance and involvement of a diverse range of participants. STEM Women has built a collection of resources, tools, policies, examples and opportunities to assist you and your conference or event on its gender equity journey.

This collection aligns with strategic recommendation 4.1 of the Women in STEM Decadal Plan. Learn more about the decadal plan.
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WiTWA in Conversation with Julia Gillard on Women and Leadership

On 23 Jul 2020

Women in Technology (WiTWA) in partnership with Boffins Books are thrilled to be hosting a special online event with former Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Women and Leadership.
 

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Webinar: Reducing Stress and Building Resilience

On 15 Jul 2020

Franklin Women are offering a webinar featuring ‘R U OK? ambassador Chelsea Pottenger sharing tips for stress reduction, coping and enhanced productivity. The webinar will be held at 10.30 am AEST on 15 July and costs $14.50 for members or $35 for guests.

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Could the COVID-19 lockdown solve one of the persistent barriers to gender equity in research?

Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly and A/Prof Caroline Ford provide comment on a potential silver lining of COVID19 for women and carers in STEM, changes to conference travel.

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Women in BrainStim database

This database provides the details of female scientists working in the brain stimulation field, including their research interests and achievements. The database can be used to help conference organizers, journal editors, universities and other institutions to identify appropriately qualified female scientists to speak at conferences, join editorial boards, participate in advisory groups and on committees.

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Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology Women Speakers Database

A database to discover women in immunology

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Speaking out about gender imbalance in invited speakers improves diversity

Omissions of qualified women scientists from major meeting programs continue to occur despite a surge in articles indicating persistent gender-discriminatory practices in hiring and promotion, and calls for gender balance in conference organizing committees.

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Guide to Organising Inclusive Scientific Meetings

This document presents some concrete recommendations for how to incorporate inclusion and equity practices into scientific meetings, from the ground up.

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How to banish manels and manferences from scientific meetings

A Nature analysis finds that several fields of science are moving away from male-dominated conferences and panels — but it’s easy to slip back into old habits.

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Science Technology Australia Diversity and Inclusion Policy

An example of STA diversity and inclusion policy that applies to there workplace, programs and activities. 

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Conference Diversity Distribution Calculator

This calculator models the probability distribution for male/female speaker balance assuming random selection, which roughly follows a binomial distribution.