Issue 1
Monday, 01 March 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU science experts, from left, Christine Collins, Carla Eisemberg, Elnaz Saki, Crystal He and Vinuthaa Murthy preparing for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
CDU science experts, from left, Christine Collins, Carla Eisemberg, Elnaz Saki, Crystal He and Vinuthaa Murthy preparing for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Science event aims to close gender gap

By Carl Pfeiffer

Narrowing the gender gap and inspiring the next generation of female scientists was the aim of an event run by Charles Darwin University researchers last month. 

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science event featured some of the brightest scientific minds in the Northern Territory, who showcased their research and invited participants to undertake a series of hands-on activities. 

The event at Casuarina Library included interactive stations in all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as Environment and Health.  

CDU Science Outreach Manager Carla Eisemberg said community members brought their daughters, nieces, and granddaughters to meet some the Territory’s prominent women scientists. 

“There’s a significant gender gap at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines all over the world,” she said.  

“Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields and diversity is the key to innovation.

“We hope to inspire the next generation of female scientists in the Northern Territory.” 

The event was for primary and high school students and was run by Inspired NT in a partnership with CDU and City of Darwin Libraries.