Gender Equity and Networking with ANSTO personnel
During November as part of the value of “trust and respect” the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has run a number of sessions on Gender Equity.One of these events was a women’s networking lunch held on 13th November 2015. Many members of Women in Nuclear Australia are employees of ANSTO.ANSTO has a female workforce that comprises approximately 29% of the total workforce.As a way for women to create more contacts with each other, ANSTO held a lunch, sponsored by the CEO Dr Adi Paterson, on Friday 13th November to help “strengthen women’s networks”.All female staff on the site were invited to attend and over 130 (plus a few children) attended and connected. This was a chance for many of the women who don’t know each other or may work in isolation to make new networks.
But they worked for their lunch, answering questions around challenges they face, the kinds of events they want to see and what equity means to them.As part of the day, all attendees were able to sign up to Women in Nuclear which has resulted in more than 60 new members for Women in Nuclear Australia.
Those in attendance also had an opportunity to meet and listen to Kate Aitken, Managing Director, Human Capital Management for Asia Pacific at Goldman Sachs who has been involved in their successful gender equity programs for many years.She is a member of Chief Executive Women and was an implementation leader for the CEO of Goldman Sachs in Australia in the Male Champions of Change program.
Women in Nuclear Australia will be working with the ANSTO Gender Equity team in 2016 to deliver a program of mentoring and networking events to further strengthen the professional development and opportunities for the women in Australia who work in nuclear.
L-R Jo Lackenby (WiN Australia President), Samantha Arkapaw (ANSTO Gender Equity Team, WiN member), Karen Wolfe (ANSTO Gender Equity Team, WiN member), Kate Aitken (Managing Director Goldman Sachs).
WiN 2014 Gala Dinner
Entrance to the Gala Dinner is with ticket supplied in your registration pack.
Conference Day 2
Day 2 will focus on Technical presentations, Poster papers, Country and Chapter Reports and the WiN Global General Assembly.
The programme can be found by clicking here
A Cocktail Welcome Reception will be held at Dockside from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. After this event, take the opportunity to have drinks or dinner with newly made friends at one of the many venues in the Darling Harbour precinct!
Day 1 of the main Conference will include the Plenary sessions, Opening Ceremony and Announcement of the recipients of the WiN Global and WiN Honorary Awards for 2014.
The Programme and speakers list can be found by clicking here
WiN Walking Tours
Sydney walking tours will be available on Monday, departing from the Foyer of 4 Points by Sheraton Hotel at 1.30pm – more details will be provided at registration. Guides can be downloaded via the links in our News.
In the evening a WiN Australia volunteer will guide those not on the harbour cruise to Opera Bar to meet with cruise passengers as they disembark. This group will depart from the Foyer of 4 Points by Sheraton Hotel at 5.30pm. Alternatively, take a taxi to this venue. Purchase some food and drinks while you enjoy this iconic Sydney location!
WiN Global Board and Executive Meetings
These will occur on Monday 20th in the Rose Bay Room of the Park Royal Hotel (150 Day St, Sydney NSW 2000)
Please note these closed meetings are for formally recognised WiN Global Country Contacts, Board Members and Executives only.
Monday Conference Registrations
Monday Conference Registrations are in the Foyer of 4 Points by Sheraton Hotel
Seminar by Dr Cathy Foley -‘Women in Science’
Preceded by WiN-Australia Morning Tea
2013 NSW Woman of the Year
For the last 28 years, Cathy has been actively promoting the role of women in physics and science. Her determination to see women excel in the field has seen her form numerous groups including the AIP Women in Physics Group, Women in Superconductivity and Women in Science Enquiry Network. She has been the keynote speaker at the Women in Science and Engineering Symposium held at Parliament House in Canberra, she was President of the Australian Institute of Physics and Science and Technology Australia representing over 68,000 researchers, and she has served on several boards and advisory groups, including the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
It is impossible to sum up Cathy’s scientific achievements as they quite simply cannot be confined to one page. Her system for mineral exploration, LANDTEM, contributed to the detection of more than $6 billion worth of mines worldwide. She has boldly pursued ground-breaking research and ideas in all areas of science, winning not only numerous accolades but also the respect and admiration of her peers.
All of this from a woman who overheard a teacher in high school describe her as not being very good at maths. Dr Cathy Foley has proven that particular teacher wrong many times over. Her enthusiasm, professionalism, resourcefulness and pragmatism have made her an ideal role model for young women around Australia, especially in science where there are still relatively few women at the highest levels.
This powerhouse of science has not only been a trailblazer for women in her field, she also worked to ensure that there was enough childcare available in her community. She lobbied for government grants in order to build the Bradfield Park Child Care Centre in 1988. She also established after-school care at Beaumont Road Public School. She was an active member of Parents and Citizens Associations and School Councils. For this work, in 2006 she was recognised as the NSW Public School Parent of the Year.
Her work with young people and her community does not end at school. She has also well and truly earned her merit badge as a scout leader. Cathy started out as secretary of the parent committee for the North St Ives Scout group but since 2001 she has been a Joey Scout leader. More than 300 children have been in her group over the years and in 2007 she was honoured for her work with the scouts.
“Being a physicist has been rewarding, not only because it has enabled me to participate in all aspects of science research and its commercialisation and to witness the huge impact this has had on our society, but it has also allowed me to balance my work life with a happy family life and strong community involvement. It is becoming increasingly clear that the role of the workplace in creating the right environment for women is critical if we are to embrace the full human potential.”
Cathy has upended the science stereotype to become one of the most recognisable faces of science in Australia, paving the way for future generations of women in the field. She is proof positive that with hard work and resolve, anything is possible.
Dr Cathy Foley
Dr Cathy Foley was appointed Chief at CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) Division in April 2011 and highlights of her long career include leading the High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) group in 1995, instigating CSIRO’s presence in quantum engineering in 2001, and developing the fabrication technology which is the basis of CSIRO’s successful HTS devices used in award-winning applications such as LANDTEM™ mineral exploration systems.
She has been awarded numerous distinctions throughout her career, including:
- 2013 Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year
- The AUSIMM Mineral Industry Operating Technique Award (MIOTA), 2011 for LANDTEM
- The 2009 Telstra National and NSW Business Women of Year – Innovation award
- The 2007–08 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ‘Distinguished Lecturer’ award
- The 2007 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement, for LANDTEM.
- The 2007 Macquarie University Alumni Award for Distinguished Service
- Divisional awards in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008
- A Public Service Medal in the 2003 Australia Day Honours for service to physics and promotion of women in science
- The 2003 Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science.
She is a former President of the Australian Institute of Physics, and Chair of Science and Technology Australia, she currently serves on the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) and the Bragg Institute Advisory Council at ANSTO.
Archived Previous Events
Networking Event at NSW Parliament House
Presentation – The Japanese Nuclear Emergency
Presentation – Australia’s Nuclear Choices
Presentation – International Practices in Low Level Waste
ANSTO Distinguished Lecture and WiN Lunch
Professional Development Event – Human Factors
Professional Development Event – Seizing Opportunities
Professional Development Event – Lessons on the Resources Road