Australian female researchers to receive recognition

Help celebrate the excellence of leading women researchers at the 2018 Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science.

Mid-career female scientists are working hard to help keep the world population healthy.

They join a collective intelligence, which goes beyond individual discipline, to deliver the scientific excellence needed to combat many global health concerns.

Next month, three awards of $25,000 will be made to female researchers, who demonstrate excellence in Quantitative Biomedical Science.

The successful candidates will have a compelling research vision, high academic quality and demonstrate strong mentoring support from their institutions.

The University’s Professor Leann Tilley created the awards as part of her Australian Laureate Fellowship program to support mid-career female scientists across Australia.

The professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, said recognition of these mid-career women is especially important because it’s a time when many leave STEM professions.

She added this is often due to family commitments; the competitive nature of grant allocations; a dip in confidence or self-selecting other occupations.

Named after Georgina Sweet OBE, the first woman to graduate with a Doctor of Science from the University of Melbourne, the award can be used to fund:

  • The direct costs of research-related activities;
  • Travel costs; and
  • Out of pocket childcare expenses.

Georgina Sweet OBE, the first female acting professor in an Australian university.

Join us to celebrate the winners on Monday 8 October at the Bio21 Institute. Hear from guest speaker Leanne Harvey, ARC Executive General Manager, and an open discussion led by Professor Jacqui Matthews.