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Picture a Scientist

You are invited to a screening of award winning film 'Picture a Scientist' followed by a panel discussion on gender equity in science.

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Turner Theatre, Biosciences 2 Professors Walk Parkville, VIC 3010 Australia

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The People & Culture (P&C) committee is pairing up with the BioSciences Early Career Academics (BECA) committee to host a discussion of "Picture a Scientist" from 2-3p in the Turner Theatre (BioSciences 2) on Thurs. 23 Sept. Picture a Scientist chronicles the experiences of biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring with topics ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. The aim of the documentary is to provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. You can find both the 93 & 56 minute versions here.

We also encourage you to view a short video from Ben Barres on women in science. Ben was a Stanford neurobiologist and advocate for women in science before he died in 2017 (Nature obituary). As a transgender man, Ben had a unique lived experience working as both a woman and man in STEMM. He used his position to advocate for women and minorities and offered ways to correct a system that he viewed as fundamentally biased against the advancement of women and minorities.

P&C/BECA committees have organized a session to discuss the barriers for women in our School. Dr. Lisa Godinho will be chairing this session, with senior academics in the School leading a discussion panel. Panellists include Profs. Ute Roessner and Linda Blackall, Dr. Irene Gallego Romero, and A/Prof. Suzie Reichman. We encourage you to watch the documentary ahead of time and join in our discussion session.

Join in the discussion session via Zoom.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/85074016663?pwd=MnNaWGxIUGR3K3lpQ2VXNTA0dGxidz09Meeting ID: 85074016663 Password: 288198

We have also compiled a list of resources for women in STEMM.

UoM Resources:

UoM Diversity and Inclusion page

Faculty/School Resources:

UoM Women in Science page

School of BioSciences People and Culture Committee Canvas landing page


Queers in Science

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE)

Association For Women in Science

Science & Technology Australia – Superstars of STEM

Franklin Women – Mentoring Program

Mentor Walks

Women & Leadership Australia

Women in Engineering

Professionals Australia – Gender and Diversity

Business & Professional Women


Why mentoring for women risks propping up patriarchal structures instead of changing them

Promoting inclusive metrics of success and impact to dismantle a discriminatory reward system in science

The importance of teaching boys about brilliant women

Engineering gender equality

Gender equality and paid parental leave in Australia: A decade of giant leaps or baby steps?


Ben Barres: "It's No Longer Necessary to Live in the Closet"

“Picture a Scientist” Documentary

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