SAGE Program receives funding boost

11 January

The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot – a partnership between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) – will be the first Australian trial of the successful UK Athena SWAN gender equity accreditation program.

Thirty-two organisations will participate in the pilot, including universities, medical research institutes and the CSIRO.

The program rates the gender equity policies and practices of participating organisations with a gold, silver or bronze award and helps them to develop ways to promote and retain women and gender minorities in their organisations. The Athena SWAN charter began a decade ago with just 10 universities but has grown today to include as a member nearly every STEMM education and research institution in the UK.

“Most science disciplines are dominated by men in senior positions, despite the fact that roughly equal numbers of men and women study science and start science careers,” said Professor Andrew Holmes, President of the Australian Academy of Science.

The Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program will receive new funding as part of a $13 million package targeting women in science in the government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda announced in December 2015. 

The SAGE initiative is chaired by Academy of Science (AAS) Fellow Professor Nalini Joshi and Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) Vice-President Dr Susan Pond.

“Diversity underlies innovation. This government support will enable us to grow the diverse, talented research sector that Australia needs to create, shape and maintain the innovative society we want in the future,” Professor Joshi said.

“Full inclusion of women in our innovation system is essential if Australia is to reach its economic and social potential,” Dr Pond said.

Originally published at SAGE

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