Leadership for Women in STEMM: Lessons from Antarctica


How do women in science resolve the dilemma between recognising sexism and gender bias in their organisational contexts, and seeing their organisations as gender neutral? A National Science Week event.

Start Date

17th Aug 2017 6:00pm

End Date

17th Aug 2017 7:00pm


Aurora Theatre, IMAS Waterfront Building, Castray Esplanade, Hobart

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Presented by Dr Meredith Nash, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Tasmania.

Moderated by Professor Brigid Heywood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Tasmania.  Professor Heywood is leading the university’s involvement in the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot.

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields worldwide, particularly in leadership positions.

In this presentation, Dr Nash will discuss her findings from a mixed-methods sociological study drawing on the experiences of 25 women in STEMM fields who were all participants in a three-week transformational leadership program in Antarctica in 2016. She will use a feminist intersectional analysis to examine the women’s experiences of science leadership, including challenges they face as women in male-dominated fields, and their perceptions of how the Antarctic environment and adventure-based program design facilitates leadership development.

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