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GenWomen: Scientists smashing the glass ceiling

17 August, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Illustration of a circle at the centre showing chemistry beakers. Seven smaller circles connect to the central circle. Two of these outer circles frame images of women

Most people think ‘man’ when they think ‘scientist’ – but what does a scientist really look like?

Join us as we celebrate leading women scientists who will share their personal stories on being a successful woman in a male-dominated field. Hear the different perspectives of women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s as they share their experiences and challenge the stereotypes and preconceptions about what being a scientist means.

Six women. Six generations of science.

Women are often squeezed out of scientific careers by structural barriers and assumptions, leading to a loss of expertise, knowledge and talent. This evening aims to showcase how this is changing over time. However, with all the breakthroughs in modern science, why aren’t we celebrating the contribution of women to science? Why must women be forced to be either a female, or a scientist?

It’s time for women to don their space suits and rocket through the glass ceiling!

Confirmed speakers

Team 20s: Kirsten Banks, a proud Wiradjuri woman, physicist, an Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory, a passionate science communicator and an avid Twitter user.

Team 30s: Dr Nural Cokcetin, a microbiologist who studies honey, awarded best science communicator in Famelab Australia 2017, and self-confessed pun-lover.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Adriana Vergés, a marine ecologist who studies the impact of climate change on underwater forests, and spends most of her time SCUBA diving.

Host – Dr Elaine Laforteza

In the spirit of the evening, a percentage of all tickets sales will be donated to a chosen charity.


17 August, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Giant Dwarf Theatre
199 Cleveland Street
Redfern, NSW Australia


Giant Dwarf – Hosted by Dr Elaine Laforteza