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UTS Superstars of STEM

15 August, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us during National Science Week for a networking lunch followed by insights from women whose interesting work brings research, outreach and innovation together to forge exciting career paths. This annual event has grown in 2019 to celebrate UTS’s success in achieving an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Hear from Superstars of STEM: Dr Sue Barrell FTSE (2018 Superstar of STEM and ex-Chief Scientist of the Bureau of Meteorology), and Dr Alex Thomson (2019 Superstar of STEM and Manager, Deep Green Biotech hub).

Join the conversation: in a Q&A with a panel of UTS women bringing together research, outreach, innovation and governance work to build the UTS cross-collaborative community of women in STEM.


  • Dr Sue Barrell FTSE, 2018 Superstar of STEM and ex-Chief Scientist of the Bureau of Meteorology
  • Dr Alex Thomson, 2019 Superstar of STEM and Manager, UTS Deep Green Biohub
  • Dr Arti Agrawal, Director, UTS Women in Engineering and IT
  • Dr Catherine Burke, Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, UTS
  • Isabella Hajduk, Project Coordinator, School of Life Sciences, UTS
  • Chaired by Professor Kate KcGrath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Lunch and networking: 12:30pm-1:00pm
Talk and panel discussion: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Meet the superstars:

Image: Sue BarrellDr Sue Barrell FTSE was an inaugural Superstar of STEM in 2017/18, and Chief Scientist at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology until her retirement last year. Her experience spans from forecasting to research to science/climate policy to leadership roles in IT, observations and science.

Sue has been actively involved in national and international efforts relating to climate science, climate policy and the coordination and integration of earth observations, and has led several high-level activities of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Image: Alex ThomsonDr Alex Thomson is a 2019 Superstar of STEM and the manager of the UTS Deep Green Biotech Hub. Alex is spearheading the world’s first dedicated algae accelerator program, joining biotechnology and entrepreneurship, and creating opportunities for STEM-preneurs. She has led creative science projects such as the “Living Lights” algae-filled installation for Vivid Sydney (2018), and the Deep Green Forest tent at Splendour in the Grass (2019).

Alex is an advocate for developing the career paths of young scientists, sharing her passion in schools both locally and regionally.


This event is jointly hosted by the UTS Faculty of Science and Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion.


15 August, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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