STEM superstar set to smash stereotypes
Dr Alex Thomson joins a leading group of women to address society's gender assumptions on women working in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
UTS has a new “Superstar of STEM” with the announcement that Dr Alex Thomson, Manager of the UTS Deep Green Biotech Hub, will join a group of 60 women chosen by Science &Technology Australia (STA) this month to help “smash” society’s gender assumptions about working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The diverse group of inspiring female scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians join a group of 30 chosen in 2017 to kick off the five year Superstars of STEM program. Ultimately 150 female STEM role models will be equipped not only with advanced communication skills but also genuine opportunities to use these skills in the media, on the stage and in speaking with decision makers.
“Superstars of STEM is a great opportunity to showcase some of the innovative and ground-breaking work of Australian women working in STEM. I’ve had the privilege of having some amazing female scientists help me in my own journey to become a scientist, and being able to encourage the next generation of scientists – as well as raise the awareness of algae and algae biotechnology - is a fantastic opportunity, and one I’m passionate about,” Dr Thomson said.
STA President, Professor Emma Johnson, AO, said that one of the aims of Superstars of STEM is to increase the public visibility of women in STEM who would no longer be hiding their “scientific superpowers”.
“We are extremely proud to have seen hundreds of capable, skilled, confident women apply for the program, and really look forward to sharing the stories of these impressive 60 Superstars with the world,” Professor Johnston said.
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