Science 50:50 to inspire new generation of female scientists

24 March 2015

“I believe girls need to hear real stories from real people whose own pathways to success make it abundantly clear that science and technology really is for girls,” said Professor Veena Sahajwalla at the launch of Science 50:50.

The march to secure gender equity in science will continue on Friday with a new initiative seeking inspire a new generation of female scientists. Science 50:50 is the brainchild of University of NSW engineer Veena Sahajwalla, who has gained international attention for her work in creating “green” steel from car tyres and plastics.

Professor Sahajwalla’s new initiative is part of her ARC 'Georgina Sweet' Laureate Fellowship.

“We are living in a science and technology dependent era. “The link between innovation and national economic prosperity is now well documented as is the critical role of education in building the scientific and technological skills and literacy the next generation will rely on,” Professor Sahajwalla said. “High school girls are currently under-represented in the science subjects that underpin so many important university courses.

I believe girls need to hear real stories from real people whose own pathways to success make it abundantly clear that science and technology really is for girls.”

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