A booklet showcasing the incredible scientific achievements by female researchers in STEM across a cohort of universities, has been published by the Regional Universities Network (RUN).
The booklet, titled “RUN Women in Science, Technology and Engineering in Regional Australia” supports the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Decadal Plan, and includes works by female scientists across a host of industries including winemaking, transportation and micro-technology.
RUN is a network of seven universities primarily from regional Australia including Charles Sturt University, Southern Cross University, University of New England, and University of Southern Queensland.
Its primary goals include providing policy advice to government, promoting the contributions of regional universities and building institutional capacity and sustainability through the sharing of best practice in educational delivery, training, research and organisational management
Today is World Science Day for Peace and Development! To remember the importance of science in our daily lives, check out our new booklet on #WomenInSTEM at RUN universities in #RegionalAus: https://t.co/iRsqHtZNdY #wsdpd
Photo: Britt Klein, @FedUniAustralia pic.twitter.com/6v7JFgdsfG
— Regional Universities Network (@RegUniNet) November 9, 2019
“The booklet is a prime example of the tremendous impact that research by women has on regional development and beyond,” RUN chairperson Professor Helen Bartlett said in a statement on the launch.
“Women are contributing enormously to advances in STEM. But we know that they still face barriers to reaching their full potential. We must make sure that women have equal research and career opportunities in STEM. This is not only the right thing to do – it produces good outcomes for communities, business and for Australia.”
With the Olympics of #Engineering on in Melb, let’s put the spotlight on Fatemeh Javidan, an engineer from @FedUniAustralia. She wants young women to study #engineering as it helps to shape the modern world: https://t.co/X7y0ZktCe7 #WomenInSTEM #WEC19AUS @EngAustralia @wfeo pic.twitter.com/MXWUZNDZsJ
— Regional Universities Network (@RegUniNet) November 22, 2019
Highlighting some of the significant work of female scientists
We’ve extracted just a small taste of some of the incredible stories of women.
To read the entire booklet, check it out here.
Dr Fatemeh Javidan
Javidan is at Federation University and has spent years testing steel hoping to highlight the positive aspects of high- strength steel, which brings sustainability benefits. She’s a specialist in structural engineering and also has a Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University. In her work as a lecturer, she cosines on advanced structural analysis and construction.
Cummins studies micro-technology at the University of New England. As a researcher, she wants small devices to inform rugby league training and recovery, and provide an improved basis for training professional players, especially women. She’s got her eyes set on developing better training, recovery and injury prevention protocols specific to female rugby league players.
As a researcher at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Jelocnik is looking at the genetic diversity of infections in livestock and wildlife. This will ultimately reduce the number of Australians each year contracting infections from infected native birds and the loss of foals on farms; and lessen economic losses suffered by farmers.