Join the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, and CEO of Science in Gender Equity (SAGE), Dr Janin Bredehoeft, in a solutions-driven conversation about gender equity in the research sector.

Learn about a recent study of 20 years of awarded research grants in Australia conducted by the Women in STEM Ambassador research team.

Professor Lisa Harvey Smith and Senior Research Associate, Dr Isabelle Kingsley, who led the research, will share the study findings pointing to a complex issue that extends beyond research granting systems: gender differences in Australian research grant programs primarily arise from unequal workforce participation.

Then, hear from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney, Professor Emma Johnston AO FAA FTSE FRSN, in conversation with multi-award-winning journalist Rae Johnston. Emma and Rae will explore the multifaceted dimensions of gender equity in higher education and research institutions, and the role that research funding plays within this ecosystem. They will dive into practical strategies and best practices to accelerate change towards gender equity in the research workforce.

This event will inform and empower leaders in higher education and research to take meaningful action towards more inclusive and equitable research workplaces.

Contribute to the conversation. Bring your questions and challenges to the interactive Q&A session.

This event will be followed by light refreshments at 2:00 PM for in-person guests. Connect with fellow research professionals, share insights, and establish valuable connections.


Monday, 16 Oct 2023, 1:00-3:00pm AEDT

Where (Hybrid)

In person: State Library of New South Wales, 1 Shakespeare Place Sydney, NSW 2000

Online: Can’t make it to the physical venue? Join us on our virtual platform – it will allow all attendees to participate fully in the session and Q&A.


Register below (scroll to bottom of page) to secure your in-person tickets.  For online registration, click through to register as a virtual attendee.

Who Should Attend

  • University leaders and executives
  • Faculty leaders and deans
  • Diversity and inclusion officers
  • Gender equity advocates
  • Researchers and scholars
  • Students interested in gender equity

Moderated by

• Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning STEM journalist and broadcaster. Rae was the first Science & Technology Editor for NITV at SBS, and her work appears across television, radio, podcasts and online. She has given multiple talks on diversity in STEM and has moderated over 100 panels discussing science, technology, and business. Rae is currently serving as Governor in Council for Swinburne University of Technology. Rae is a proud Wiradjuri woman.


• Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice at the University of New South Wales. First appointed in 2018, Lisa is responsible for mobilising Australia’s business leaders, educators and policymakers to increase participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.

• Dr Janin Bredehoeft is CEO of Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE). Janin is a respected leader and advocate for gender equity, and well-known for her expertise in influencing and driving systemic change through data insights and partnerships.

• Professor Emma Johnston AO FAA FTSE FRSN is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney. Emma is a leading authority in marine ecology and an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in the research sector. During her tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Science at UNSW Sydney, Emma successfully increased the percentage of women at the professorial level through a combination of top-down and grassroots approaches across the faculty.

• Dr Isabelle Kingsley is Senior Research Associate for the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador. Isabelle leads research projects to investigate how to dismantle barriers to girls’ and women’s participation in STEM and contributes evidence-based advice to the STEM sector on the best ways to improve gender equity in STEM.