Issue 5
Monday, 02 July 2018
Charles Darwin University
A grant for $155,000 allows CDU to foster female participation in STEM courses
A grant for $155,000 allows CDU to foster female participation in STEM courses

Grant to support women in STEM

Charles Darwin University is one of 22 organisations sharing in more than $4 million worth of Federal Government grants as part of the second round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) programme.

The WISE programme targets women and girls of all ages and backgrounds across Australia, from early childhood to mid-career entrepreneurs and scientists and is designed to foster lifelong interest in STEM, encourage greater participation in STEM careers, and help female STEM professionals build entrepreneurial skills and networks.

Senator Nigel Scullion said CDU’s project, Catalyzing collaboration for Northern Australia's women scientists, had received a grant of $155,000.

He said the project was an example of how NT businesses and organisations could inspire women and girls of all ages and backgrounds to consider a career in STEM.

The project will develop and launch a collaboration programme of Northern Australian female scientists. Teams of women scientists will be established with other institutions to build networks and share ideas.

CDU Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Professor Ruth Wallace said the programme engaged entrepreneurship.

“The programme will be a catalyst in enabling women to drive evidence based approaches, innovation and unique solutions to the challenges and opportunities of northern Australia,” Professor Wallace said.

“Co-designed through partnerships with industry, government, research organisations and the community, the programme will create collaborative teams aiming to solve real-world issues, embrace diversity and commit to long term sustainable outcomes for Australia.”

For a list of grant recipients, visit W: