Celebrating our women in science

Equity, diversity and inclusion are at the core of everything we do. The Faculty of Science acknowledges, values and engages with the rich diversity of our communities, and seeks to remove systemic barriers which contribute to inequity.

Globally, women continue to be underrepresented across science-related disciplines. The Faculty of Science is working hard to create an environment that challenges this.

We are proud supporters of the HunterWiSE Outreach Program, an active contributor to the University’s SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation, and engaged in equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives across our regions. Our continued engagement in this important space is guided by Professor Jenny Bowman, Assistant Dean – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Here, we celebrate some of the many achievements by staff who identify as female.

Video: Video: The HunterWiSE Outreach Program - Setting female students up with STEM

More stories from women in science


News • 21 Aug 2020

Farmers experiencing drought-related stress need targeted support

Farmers experience drought-related stress. Improving their mental health enhances adaptive capacity and resilience. Drought support must address relationships between drought and mental health

Emily Freeman

News • 21 Aug 2020

Kids learn valuable life skills through rough-and-tumble play with their dads

When dads engage in active play with their kids they actually help them cope better with some of the challenges they'll face in life. And no reason why mums can't join in the fun as well.

Andrea Griffin

News • 21 Aug 2020

To reduce fire risk and meet climate targets, over 300 scientists call for stronger land clearing laws

A petition is urging state and federal governments to rein in Australia's rampant land clearing, which worsens the risk of bushfires and threatens to undo the work of the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Bonnie McBain

News • 20 Aug 2020

Logically, how is it possible to use more resources than Earth can replenish?

You may have seen reports that humans use more resources than the Earth can produce – but, logically, how is that possible? A bathtub can help explain.

Emma Beckett

News • 19 Aug 2020

Curious Kids: Why do people get the hiccups and how do you get rid of them?

Hiccups serve no clear purpose. Tadpoles have a hiccup reflex which helps keep their lungs safe while they transition. So our hiccup reflex might be from our amphibian ancestors.

Jenny Bowman

News • 19 Aug 2020

No butts – it’s time to help people with mental health conditions quit smoking

Smoking rates are high among Australians with a mental illness. Quitting is likely to improve their physical and mental health; supporting them to do so should be part of mental health care.

Associate Professor Kathleen Mee

News • 19 Aug 2020

Is this a housing system that cares? That’s the question for Australians and their new government

May 28, 2019: The Morrison government, having added a housing minister to its ranks, needs to recognise housing as having more than just economic value. Its impact on our ability to give and receive care is critical.

 Professor Billie Bonevski

News • 18 Aug 2020

Smoking increases your coronavirus risk. There’s never been a better time to quit

If you’re a smoker, there’s really never been a better time to quit. Coronavirus affects your lungs, causing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and fatigue. In the most serious cases, sufferers struggle to breathe at all and can die of respiratory failure.

Professor Sarah Wright

News • 18 Aug 2020

Welcome to my Country: seeing the true beauty of life in Bawaka

September 15, 2014: Tony Abbott is spending this week in North East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories does the PM need to hear while he’s in the Top End?

Hannah Power

News • 14 Aug 2020

Yes, a tsunami could hit Sydney – causing flooding and dangerous currents

To stay safe in a tsunami, remember that the sequence of waves may occur over hours to days, and the biggest wave in the sequence could occur at any time, writes Dr Hannah Power and Kaya Wilson.

Tamara Bucher

News • 1 May 2020

Maths, reading and better nutrition: all the reasons to cook with your kids

Through cooking children learn maths and comprehension skills, as well as how to be confident. Research also shows involving children in cooking helps them eat more healthily.

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