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Public Lecture: Unconscious bias and outdated stereotypes: how thinking shortcuts lead to bad outcomes

Macquarie University, Sydney, 21 July 2017, 1pm


Women have made up more than 50% of undergraduates at Australian Universities since the 1980s. Thirty years later, there has been little change in the proportion of women at senior levels. This high attrition represents a loss of talent and diversity, a waste of investment, and ultimately limits our productivity and innovation. It seems we are stuck with the stereotypes of the past. To win the war on talent, we need to overhaul what we value, and rethink how we appoint and promote. We need smart initiatives, and new models of success. This presentation will highlight the issues and some of the solutions that can be implemented including the SAGE Athena SWAN pilot in Australia.


Professor Jennifer Martin

Professor Jennifer L Martin is the Director of the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Jenny's research is devoted to understanding the molecular basis of disease, including the discovery of new drug leads by structure-based methods. She is the recipient of many awards including an inaugural ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship, the Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Roche Medal, the Queensland Smart Women Smart State Research Scientist Award and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Wunderly Medal.

Professor Jenny Martin

Professor Jennifer Martin

Jenny is a passionate advocate of gender equity in science and was a founding member of the Australian Academy of Science "Science in Australia Gender Equity" (SAGE) steering committee that implemented a national pilot of the UK Athena SWAN charter. This evidence-based system requires a 2-year self assessment, consultation process, and action plan development to address the attrition of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She is also a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Women in Health Sciences Committee (WiHS). WiHS aims to better understand the issues facing women health and medical researchers for career progression and retention, and enable NHMRC to implement mechanisms to overcome these issues.


Level 1 Lecture Theatre, Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia


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