The Science in Australia Gender Equity Project is now being implemented. Keep up with developments on the SAGE blog.

Deakin University is one of 32 Australian universities, medical research institutes and government science organisations that is participating in the SAGE Pilot program. It is based on the UK’s Athena SWAN Charter, which has significantly progressed gender equality in its tertiary sector.

The President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Andrew Holmes, launched the Australian SAGE Pilot initiative at Parliament House in Canberra on September 16, 2015. The event was attended by Deakin’s Director of Equity and Diversity, Dr Nadine Zacharias, and Deakin University microbiologist Dr Melanie Thomson.

Dr Zacharias noted that one of the major glass ceilings encountered by women academics in STEMM fields is in the transition from Senior Lecturer (Level C) to Associate Professor (Level D). She explained that some of the causes for this include leadership expectations and a lack of confidence. "The SAGE program will also help us to identify where the talent is and observe how women are moving through their careers."

The 32 inaugural members of the SAGE Pilot program are listed at http://www.sciencegenderequity.org.au/athena-swan-charter-members/.

Please share what your institution is doing as part of the SAGE project.


Women in Mathematics Get-Togethers in June

Every year in June and November WIMSIG holds informal gatherings in cities around Australia.

The following get-togethers are confirmed for June (with some details yet to be finalised).


  • Wednesday 22 June, 10:30am - 12:00pm (AEST)
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Room 442, Building 67, St Lucia Campus
  • Host: Cecilia González Tokman


  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • Details: TBA
  • Host: Louise Ryan



  • Monash University
  • The SAGE initiative: how are we mathematicians responding to it?
  • Details: TBA
  • Host: Julie Clutterbuck


If you're interested in hosting a Women in Maths get-together in June (or some future date), please contact WIMSIG-events@women.austms.org.au.

AMSI Winter School 2016

The AMSI Winter School 2016 on Biological and Environmental Modelling is run in collaboration with The University of Queensland and is designed for PhD students and researchers in the mathematical sciences and related disciplines.

AMSI travel grants provide full or partial support for students and early career researchers. Applications for travel grants close on June 5.

Choose Maths grants are also available for women to attend AMSI flagship events such as the Winter School. Choose Maths grants may include support for children related travel expenses.


La Trobe University

Executive Director: SAGE

This newly created role is an exceptional opportunity to make a lasting impact on gender equity across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). As the Executive Director of the SAGE Pilot Project, you will lead a small committed staff to create strong and impactful working relationships with Vice Chancellors, Research Directors, HR Directors and other senior influencers across the STEMM sector.

This is a 2-year contract based in Canberra. For a candidate information pack and further enquiries, please contact Anita Ziemer at Slade Group on 03 9285 5818 or email.

The University of Melbourne

From the job description: "The University Plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas they have been traditionally under-represented. Consistent with this, the School of Mathematics and Statistics is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce across mathematical disciplines. Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), the School is seeking to lift the representation of women and therefore will only consider applications from suitably qualified female candidates for these three positions."


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Updated: 05 May 2016