An impressive group of Australian businesswomen, scientists, and technologists have signed up to become mentors for the Superstars of STEM program.
Mentors include the Hon Terri Butler MP; former ABC Catalyst presenter, Dr Jonica Newby;Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia, Professor Tanya Monro; and many more leaders in business, science, technology, research and the media – including representatives from Google, GE, and ASX100 companies.
A mentor herself and the President of Science & Technology Australia, Professor Emma Johnston said the breadth of experience amongst the mentors is outstanding.
“We have gathered together an extremely impressive group of women, and I am proud to see so many decision makers and influencers in Australian business, technology, science, research and the media taking part,” Professor Johnston said.
“Linking participants with women who are already public figures, we intend for them to provide our Superstars with insights in to how they can become public advocates for their science too.”
When launching the program, Professor Johnston said she wanted to bust the myth that the typical scientist was an old man in a lab coat.
“Many of the mentors involved would have faced similar perceptions in their own careers, and I’m excited to show Australians that your typical scientist is harder to pinpoint – it could be someone just like you.”
The 30 Superstars were selected from more than 350 applicants from around Australia, and have received six months of training and support so far. The program is designed to equip participants with advanced communication skills, so they can become role models for the next generation of girls and young women.
“STEM skills will become increasingly important for the Australian workforce, and the more young people who find an interest in science and technology, the better off Australia will be,” Professor Johnston said.
“We hope that by seeing these inspiring women and the very different work they do, many more young women and girls will believe they can be scientists too and pursue a rewarding career in STEM.”
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