Soapbox Science Melbourne 2022

There are many dimensions to science, but to truly represent the researchers in science, STEM Sisters have a keen focus on representation in science. Representation plays a fundamental role in all aspects of life, however especially for girls and women in STEM. The progress made from science can come down to the diverse perspectives of individuals, which can be the key to unlocking innovation and novel achievements. Without the diversity in science, there will be a loss of talent and knowledge – therefore STEM Sisters is committed to supporting diversity and providing a platform for women’s representation in STEM.

Soapbox Science is a public outreach event that aims to promote public scientific dialogue while also highlighting women in STEM and their research. STEM Sisters introduced the first ever Soapbox Science event to Melbourne this year, showcasing 12 local female scientists and their studies.

To round off National Science Week, this event was held on a sunny Friday afternoon. The front of State Library of Victoria was surrounded by banners celebrating STEM Sisters and the diversity the organisation highlights. As the event kicked off, we had four speakers standing on top of soap boxes chat to passersby about their research – in a way that was easy to digest and exciting. At each given time, there were four speakers, so the audience had the opportunity to rotate and hear about the different sciences, ranging from biological, neurological, technological to environmental sciences.

The greatest part about Soapbox Science being in a public setting, was that our audience was diverse. We had people coming in couples, groups and even alone to learn about science!

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Our speakers and their talks

1st hour

Dr Pauline ML Coulon

University of Melbourne

Dr Farah Akram

University of New South Wales

Dr Shwathy Ramesan

The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Dr Sarah Bonell

University of Melbourne

2nd hour

Dr Nadeeka Kumari Wawegama

University of Melbourne

Dr Morley Muse

iSTEM Co.

Dr Caitlin Pfeiffer

University of Melbourne

Jerusha Mather

Victoria University

3rd hour

Dr Menik Tissera

Monash University

Dr Billie Murphy

SolarBuddy

Brenda Denbesten

BrHP

Dr Ruwangi Fernando

STEM Sisters & iSTEM Co.

IN ACTION

Here is a snapshot of some the highlights of the careers fair

Acknowledgment of Country

STEM Sisters, recognises and respects the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Boonwurrung, Wadawurrung and Wurundjeri of the Kulin who are the traditional owners of  land in Victoria.

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