WiT Stories

25 years of empowering women in STEM

For 25 years – long before it was a hot topic on the political agenda – Women in Technology (WiT) has been advocating for gender equality on behalf of women studying or working in professions within information technology and other fields across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

WiT President Bec Langdon

Message from WiT President Bec Langdon

As 2021 draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on and share with you what our community has achieved over the past 12 months and look forward to what lies ahead as part our ongoing quest to Advance, Connect and Empower women in STEM.

Top of the reef

Extraordinary Townsville woman Professor Nicole Webster is an international leader in microbial symbiosis and has profoundly impacted the study of coral microbiology on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sonja Bernhardt OAM

WiT Founder Sonja Bernhardt OAM

Tragic life events can often be the catalyst for inspiring ideas and this was certainly the case for Australian technology industry identity and WiT Founder Sonja Bernhardt OAM.

Flicking the switch on inflammation

Deadly infections could be a thing of the past if this young Queensland woman’s groundbreaking research proves successful.

Incy, wincy success story

Arachnophobe turned spider enthusiast Samantha Nixon is investigating how spider venom can be used to develop new medicines to fight against parasites.

Ever the champ for business women

Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur Leanne Kemp is never afraid to put her courage on the line. Renowned as a global pioneer in blockchain technology she was named WiT Technology Ambassador 2021.

Sun smart on the Sunshine Coast

From remotely-managed sunscreen stations to smartphone apps, Dr Elke Hacker is using consumer technology to encourage Australians to be sun safe.

Strawberry fields forever

Growing luscious strawberries is all part of a day's work for agricultural scientist Dr Jodi Neal as she searches for solutions to food security and the future of farming.

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