On the occasion of Australian Science Week, the AFRAN association and the Embassy of France in Australia are organising a free event celebrating women in science, to be held at the Powerhouse Museum on the 17th of August, from 5pm to 9.15pm.
The event will begin with a panel discussion bringing together top female scientists from Australia and France:
- Prof Katherine Daniell (ANU),
- Prof Natalie Hannan (Uni Melbourne),
- Dr Jiawen Li (Uni Adelaide),
- Dr Madge Martin (CNRS),
- Dr Claudie Haigneré (CNES/ESA), the first French female astronaut
The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception and a screening of the film Marie Curie: the courage of knowledge.
Supporting gender equity and equal career opportunities for all in science is a commitment Australia and France have stated in their joint Roadmap for innovation and science collaboration. Many fields of science have unbalanced gender representation, and initiatives have been launched both in Australia and in France to raise awareness, fight gender bias, and implement actions plans for a more balanced and inclusive science world.
In the context of the Australian Science week, the AFRAN community on health and medical sciences is organising an event dedicated to discuss the similarities and differences in challenges encountered by women in their scientific careers in Australia and in France, where the structure and organisation of the research and funding landscapes are significantly different. The focus of this event will be on health and medical sciences, in order to compare two systems related to the same field of science.