veski supports Women in Research Forum

20 January

veski has joined forces with Monash University to deliver the following forum... Women in Research - Achieving it all

Event Details

Date: Thursday 4 March 2010

Time: 9.30am - 12.30 pm

Venue: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton campus

Transport: If demand is sufficient free buses will be provided from Federation Square. To register your interest email admin@veski.org.au no later than Friday 19 February.

Register online now for this free event

Research, supervising, conferences, papers and family life; Welcome to the hectic but rewarding world of female researchers.

Hear about the challenges women face and the opportunities presented when juggling personal life with a career in research. Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Australia's first female Nobel Prize winner will provide her unique perspective. Appealing to researchers and aspiring researchers (female and male), the forum will include perceptions from our expert panel of current researchers and policy leaders.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Australian born Professor Elizabeth Blackburn is recognised as one of world's most distinguished molecular biologists. She is renowned for her discovery of the molecular nature of telomeres. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards for scientific achievement and public service, Professor Blackburn was honoured as the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.

Facilitator

Anna Burke MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Federal Member for Chisholm A Monash alumna, Ms Burke was first elected as the Federal Member for Chisholm at the 1998 Federal Election, having joined the Australian Labor Party ten years earlier.

Anna has been an active member of many parliamentary committees during her political career as well as the driving force behind local and national campaigns. She was widely praised for her efforts to raise awareness of anaphylaxis and of eating disorders.

Expert panel includes:

Dr Megan Clark PhD, Chief Executive Officer, CSIRO

Dr Megan Clark is the first woman to lead Australia's peak science agency, the CSIRO. She began her career as a mine geologist but more recently was Vice President Technology and Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Sustainability with BHP Billiton. She participated in the 2008 Australia 2020 Summit discussing the future of the Australian economy.

Professor Margaret Sheil PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council

In addition to her busy role on the ARC, Professor Sheil is an active member of numerous Federal committees and councils. She has held senior positions at the University of Wollongong and as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and the University of Utah, USA.

Professor Sharon Bell, University of Melbourne

Professor Bell is Senior Program Developer at the LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne. Prior to taking up this role she was Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Canberra. The current focus of her research is tertiary education leadership. In 2005 she undertook a study of Women in Research in Australia for the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee. Professor Bell recently completed a report for the Federation of Australian Science and Technological Societies on Women in Science in Australia expanding on her earlier work.

Professor Kim Cornish, Monash University Developmental neuropsychologist

Professor Kim Cornish is a world-leading expert in genetic disorders, especially Fragile X syndrome – the most common cause of hereditary mental retardation, and yet one of the least recognised. She is the Deputy Head of the School of Psychology and Psychiatry and also leads the Developmental Neuroscience and Genetic Disorders Laboratory at Monash. Professor Cornish has worked extensively with educators, clinicians and families to ensure research findings are disseminated to the public domain where they can benefit the wider community.

Associate Professor Rebekah Brown, Monash University

Associate Professor Brown specialises in the broad governance and transition management dimensions of urban water resources. She leads Monash University's National Urban Water Governance Program and engages with interdisciplinary issues relating to institutional development, organisational change and regime transformation in relation to urban environments becoming more sustainable.

Register online now for this free event Enquiries - researchmatters@adm.monash.edu.au

Information courtesy of Monash University.

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