Women in Science

Inspiring Women Program - Victorian Government support for women in science

In 2014, the Inspiring Women Program, a Victorian Government initiative to enhance the state's research capabilities by supporting women to pursue and stay in science careers was launched.

Supported by the Office of the Lead Scientist and delivered by veski, this new program aims to improve the information, resources and support available for women to pursue science careers in Victoria.

The program features a suite of integrated initiatives including:

  • Fellowships valued at $150,000 each to support women scientists to return to research following a career interruption
  • Internships for female honours and masters students in STEM disciplines, hosted by regional and metropolitan industry partners
  • Web portal to provide easy access to relevant professional development, networking and mentoring information to assist researchers to identify relevant resources and opportunities.

The fellowships will be awarded over a period of up to five years and provide flexibility through activities which may include returning to work part-time, engaging a research assistant or paying childcare.

In addition to providing alternative career pathways for female scientists not wishing to pursue a PhD, the internships will foster links between academia and industry and help to meet current and future skills gaps.

Express interest via the veski website to receive updates during the program's development.

Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders

Women in Science Panel Discussion

In 2014 the Lead Scientist hosted a panel discussion as an ancillary event to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014). 

The panel featured:

  • Professor Francoise Barré-Sinoussi - IAS President and International chair AIDS2014
  • Professor Sharon Lewin - Local Co-Chair AIDS2014
  • Professor Douglas Hilton, Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research
  • Professor Tanya Monro, Director of the Institute for Photonics and ARC Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale BioPhotonics.

The panelists spoke of their personal experience and then responded to questions from a diverse audience of young scientists, leaders, managers and their mentors from many different disciplines in business and research.

Discussions allowed for exploration of challenges and opportunities for women in science, and an aspiration for a greater representation of women in senior leadership roles. Guests asked thought provoking questions of the panel and shared insights about the challenges and solutions in their organisations.

Listen to the panel discussion