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A word from the President

Oh what a night at the 18th annual WiT awards !

The 2015 WiT awards held last month were amazing. A sell-out event with 300+ guests, fantastic finalists, food, fashion and fireworks.

We want to sincerely thank our sponsors and judges for all of their support and effort - but mostly we congratulate the everyday efforts of the nominees, in particular the finalists and winners.

The awards will be back next year – bigger and better - with nominations opening in June 2016.

It’s never too early to start thinking about who you can nominate or your own application.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Fiona Hayes
WiT President


Queensland women shine bright in 2015 Women in Technology awards
Two new Advance Queensland funds open

Queensland women in technology and life sciences sparkled at the 18th annual Women in Technology Awards on Friday 28 August at the Royal International Convention Centre.

More than 300 people attended the prestigious awards to be inspired by Queensland’s talented women making a difference in technology and life sciences.

The awards, now in their 18th year, were a massive success with nominations up 50% across nine award categories.

Every year the awards grow – in status, nominations, support from sponsors and attendees.

The professionalism, intelligence and ambition of these women is just extraordinary. From pioneering lifesaving medical research, developing vaccines and medicines, to driving global conservation and running successful and innovative businesses these women are leading the way in technology and life sciences.

The judges had the challenging job of selecting just nine winners from 30 amazing finalists.

Read all about the finalists and winners


Advance Queensland

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch has announced two new funding programs as part of the $180 million Advance Queensland program.

Advance Queensland PhD Scholarships program

Speaking at the opening of the inaugural Life Sciences Queensland gala on 15 August, Minister Enoch said the Advance Queensland PhD Scholarships program would provide $1.9 million over 3 years to support undergraduates in gaining a research PhD degree.

The program provides top-up funding of up to $45,000 over 3 years for scholars to undertake an applied PhD research project.                

Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund

Minister Enoch announced the $1 million Advance Queensland Women’s Academic Fund at the Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Women in Queensland science event at the State Library on 16 August.

The 3-year funding program will support women researchers in Queensland to maintain their research careers and support Queensland organisations in promoting the achievements of their women researchers. It will allow up to:

  • $25,000 for a female researcher going on maternity leave to employ another researcher or a research assistant
  • $1000 to fund any relevant out-of-pocket child care or respite care expenses if a female researcher has to take time away to present at a national or international conference or is sitting on a professional research committee
  • $2000 to organisations to arrange conferences, lectures or presentations to highlight the work of leading Queensland women researchers.

                      More information

For more information go to the Advance Queensland website.


Did You Know?

WiT has continued to double our membership numbers every year since 2012.

WiT now has over 3000 Twitter followers

Event Wrap Up

August was a busy month with a regional breakfast and networking event in Cairns, be the entrepreneur you want to be – from start-up to stardom panel event at River City Labs and “Smashing the Glass Ceiling” science week forum.

Smashing the glass ceiling

The event was a smashing success. We had a full house with 280 crammed in to be inspired by a panel of leading Queensland smart and savvy female scientists who shared their career journeys and advice for young women and girls considering a career in science. The Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Science and Innovation was a special panellist alongside a number of inspiring women including WiT Board Member Mathilde Desselle.

Check out Mathilde’s interview with the minister here and the storify here


Industry News: Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot

The Australian Academy of Science has committed to running an Australian pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter to improve gender equity in Australian STEM organisations.

More information about the project and a complete list of organisations participating in the pilot is available at


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