HunterWiSE is an initiative that will establish mentorship avenues for women in STEM throughout the Hunter region; promoting positive collaboration and sharing of experiences. This project builds on a partnership between The University of Newcastle, and a number of key regional partners.

The HunterWiSE program features two key interlinked actions aimed at increasing the number of girls and women participating in STEM. The first is a targeted school intervention, and the second is a series of networking events for female STEM professionals across the Hunter.

These two actions will work in unison to increase interest in STEM careers among young women and to develop a positive community for females currently working in STEM in the Hunter. By using this dual approach we hope to increase the number of females entering, and simultaneously encourage retention of women already in, the STEM pipeline.

Get Involved


HunterWiSE Outreach is a 10-week program that directly targets female high school students in Year 8. The program provides students with the opportunity to work alongside STEM professionals and students from the University of Newcastle to solve local community issues whilst developing STEM skills. Ten schools across the Hunter and Central Coast have participated in HunterWiSE Outreach since 2017. If you would like to nominate your school to participate in future intakes for the HunterWiSE Outreach Program, or you would like more information please contact the HunterWiSE team.

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

Women in STEM

The HunterWiSE Network was established in 2017, providing networking and mentorship opportunities for women working in a wide range of STEM fields across the Hunter. Each year HunterWiSE will be hosting a series of informal networking events for the benefit of HunterWiSE Network members. Members will also be afforded the opportunity to support and engage with students taking part in the HunterWiSE Outreach Program. If you would like to join the HunterWiSE Network and/or receive more information about becoming a HunterWiSE Network member you can sign-up, or contact the HunterWiSE Team.


The delivery of the HunterWiSE Outreach Program and Network would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. For more information about how your organisation could support HunterWiSE please download our brochure (PDF, 800kb).


Professor Regina Berretta

School of Information and Physical Sciences

Associate Professor Karen Blackmore

Associate Professor
School of Information and Physical Sciences

Professor Anna Giacomini

School of Engineering

Professor Sarah Johnson

School of Engineering

Professor Juanita Todd

Deputy Head of College
Office PVC - Engineering, Science and Environment

Associate Professor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez

Associate Professor
School of Education

Professor Erica Wanless

School of Environmental and Life Sciences


The HunterWiSE initiative is generously supported by the following partners:

Gold sponsors

University of Newcastle Australia logo
Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group

Silver Sponsors

Roads and Maritime Services 
Hunter Water 
Muswellbrook Shire Council 
Bradken Logo  GHD

BHP Logo

Bronze Sponsors

Quarry Mining  Impervium Solutions logo 

Supporters of HunterWiSE

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources logo
Jacobs Logo 

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Athena SWAN Member
The HunterWiSE project is an initiative of the University of Newcastle's Athena SWAN SAGE pilot.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.