International Women's Day – Reflections on Women in Science

Event date: 
20 February 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
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Contact for bookings: 
Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or
Booking deadline: 
Monday, 19 February 2018 - 11:00am

This seminar includes an afternoon tea that will be served at 4:30pm. Please RSVP by 11am Monday 19 February to for catering purposes.

The Kirby Institute invites you to attend our special event: Reflections on Women in Science

International Women's Day

Ahead of 2018 International Women’s Day, the Kirby Institute is delighted to be holding a special seminar, Reflections on Women in Science. This session celebrates the women in research who are successfully influencing positive change to improve gender parity and equality in the health sphere and beyond. Tying in this year's IWD theme of #PressforProgress, our impressive lineup of speakers will share their experiences as women in science in Australia and globally, and explore ways in which women at any stage of their career or study can overcome barriers and chart a path towards gender parity through united advocacy and activism.

Women in academia: Experiences from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and personal reflections

Presentation by Professor Dame Anne Mills, Deputy Director and Provost / Professor of Health Economics & Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

There has been increasing effort to promote the contribution of women in academia. Progress in the UK has been driven especially by the Athena Swan initiative. An initial talk on the experience of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in supporting the development of women’s careers will be followed by reflections from leading women academics on how they manage the challenges of an academic career.

Followed by a panel featuring:

Professor Dame Anne Mills

Professor Dame Anne Mills

Deputy Director and Provost / Professor of Health Economics & Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Anne Mills DCMG CBE MA DHSA PhD FMedSci FRS is Deputy Director and Provost of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Health Economics and Policy. She is a leading authority on health economics and health systems in low and middle income countries, with continuing involvement in supporting capacity development.

Professor Robyn Norton AO

Professor Robyn Norton AO

Principal Director, George Institute

Robyn Norton is co-founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health, Professor of Public Health at UNSW Sydney and Professor of Global Health at the University of Oxford. She has published widely on the causes, prevention and management of injuries and leads the Institute’s efforts to improve the health of women worldwide. 

Dr Skye McGregor

Dr Skye McGregor

Epidemiologist, Kirby Institute

Dr Skye McGregor commenced work at the Kirby Institute in 2008. She was awarded a PhD in Epidemiology from UNSW in 2015, after which she commenced work as an Epidemiologist in the Surveillance Evaluation and Research Program at the Kirby Institute. Skye has worked on a number of research projects over the last eight years, including a cluster randomised trial of best practice STI care in remote Aboriginal communities and a government-funded evaluation of the Australian HPV vaccination program. Her current research focuses on the surveillance and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections in Australia, particularly in priority populations. Skye has recently returned from maternity leave.

Ms Rosalind Reidy

Head of Workplace Diversity, UNSW

Rosalind Reidy has more than 10 years’ experience managing diversity and inclusion and employee engagement programs in Australia. She joined  UNSW in late 2015, just as the University was signing on to be part of the Athena SWAN program. She has a Masters in Communication Management and is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Dr Virginia Wiseman

Dr Virginia Wiseman

Associate Professor, Kirby Institute and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Virginia Wiseman is Associate Professor of Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UNSW Sydney and currently two multi-country research studies with the Kirby Institute's Surveillance Evaluation and Research Program. Her research is dedicated to the delivery and financing of health care in low and middle income countries.

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