Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Wellington welcomes women in science

Wellington welcomes women in science

Around 150 women in science will be gathering in Wellington this week to share war stories and inspiration, including fourteen school students from across the country.

The eighth triennial Association for Women in the Sciences brings together women and girls from across the New Zealand sciences to share ideas and learn from each other.

“The networks built at AWIS conferences are incredibly important, whether for a short time or a lifetime,” says Esther Haines, AWIS National Convenor. “Whilst most women attending the conference have very different scientific backgrounds, many have similar issues during their career, such as choices around family or working in a male-dominated environment, particularly at higher levels of the science system. AWIS’ activities, and most especially the conference, give women a chance to learn from each other and share thoughts, problems and successes in a positive environment.”

Highlights from the 2014 conference include presentations of scientific research related to specific issues facing women in science, such as how research rankings may be biased towards men, and the differences between male and female behaviour and thinking. Sessions will also include career case studies from some of New Zealand’s foremost women in science – including Massey University’s Professor Brigid Heywood, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor Susanne Rasmussen, Professor in Grasslands Technology.

On the second day of the conference, a panel of three political women - Hon Jo Goodhew, Minister of Women’s Affairs; Moana Mackey, Labour Party’s spokesperson for the Environment and Climate Change; and Eugenie Sage, Green Party spokesperson for conservation, environment, conservation, local government and Christchurch – will discuss the policy and personal decisions for women in science.

The official presentation of the inaugural Dame Miriam Dell Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring will also take place during the conference, to Dr Judith O’Brien from the University of Auckland. The award is named for the AWIS Patron, who celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year.

This year, a group of fourteen secondary school students will be taking part in the conference, thanks to sponsorship from the Faculty of Engineering at Waikato University and the MacDiarmid Institute. These students will be hosted by a group of students from and sponsored by the School of Chemical & Physical Sciences at Victoria University Wellington.

Other sponsors of the conference include conference sponsors the faculty of Science at VUW and the Cawthron Institute, as well as the Allan Wilson Centre, Catalyst IT, NIWA, Division of Science at Unviersity of Otago, Royal Society of New Zealand, MetService, Plant & Food Research and WelTec.

More information about the conference, including the programme, is available at For those who wish to attend but are not yet registered, registration is available from the Registration Desk.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Hourly Wage Gap Grows: Gender Pay Gap Still Fixed At Fourteen Percent

“The totally unchanged pay gap is a slap in the face for women, families and the economy,” says Coalition spokesperson, Angela McLeod. Even worse, Māori and Pacific women face an outrageous pay gap of 28% and 33% when compared with the pay packets of Pākehā men. More>>


Housing: English On Housing Affordability And The Economy

"Long lead times in the planning process tend to drive prices higher in the upswing of the housing cycle. And those lead times increase the risk that eight years later, when additional supply arrives, the demand shock that spurred the additional supply has reversed. The resulting excess supply could produce a price crash..." More>>


Sweet Health: Sugary Drinks Banned From Hospitals And Health Boards

All hospitals and DHBs are expected to kick sugary drinks out of their premises. University of Auckland researcher, Dr Gerhard Sundborn who also heads public health advocacy group “FIZZ”, says he welcomes the initiative. More>>


NASA: Evidence Of Liquid Water On Today's Mars

Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. More>>


Bird Brains: Robins Can Just Be Generally Clever

Research from Victoria University of Wellington has revealed that birds may possess a ‘general intelligence’ similar to humans, with some individuals able to excel in multiple cognitive tests. More>>


Psa-V: Positive Result On Whangarei Kiwifruit Orchard

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has received a Psa-V positive test result on Hort16A and male vines on a kiwifruit orchard in Whangarei. This is the first confirmed case of Psa-V on an orchard in the Whangarei region. More>>

Regional Accents: Are Microbes The Key To Geographical Differences In Wine?

A new study of six of New Zealand’s major wine-growing regions has found that differences in flavour and aroma of wine from different areas may depend more on microbes than was previously thought. More>>


Science: AgResearch To Cut Science Staff In Areas Of 'Reduced Demand'

“We are therefore consulting with our staff from today on a proposal to reduce science staff in areas of shrinking demand. Combined with recruitment planned in areas of growing demand, this would mean a net reduction of 15 scientists and 41 technicians at AgResearch in the 2015/16 year." More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news