There are many extraordinary women in science around the country. Indeed, just under half of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) students are female. However, women researchers only hold 20% of senior academic positions.

Join the discussion addressing the issues faced by women in science, and explore a diversity of career pathways.

Panel Members

Professor Melissa Brown

Deputy Executive Dean at UQ’s Faculty of Medicine and will become the Faculty of Science’s first female Executive Dean in March.

Dr Caroline O’Brien

Data scientist at the Commonwealth Bank, active Research Affiliate at MIT, and a mum with two children under 3.

Professor Linda Richards

Deputy Director (Research) at QBI, President of Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), Co-chair Australian Brain Alliance Co-chair Australian Brain Alliance, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Professor Geoffrey Goodhill

Neuroscientist and Group Leader, QBI and UQ School of Mathematics and Physics. Following 10 years in the USA, including 8 as Assistant/Associate Professor at Georgetown University.


A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here. 

About International Women's Day

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. 

Each year the Queensland Brain Institute hosts an event to celebrate women in science, education and industry. Progress towards gender parity is slow and QBI and The University of Queensland are discussing issues surrounding inequality to bring awareness and change. 

The University of Queensland is excited to be a part of the national SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN program to address and improve gender equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. Forty-five Australian organisations, including universities, medical research institutions and government research institutions, are involved in the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN.


Level 7 Auditorium, QBI