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Science event aims to close gender gap

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CDU scientists, from left, Christine Collins, Carla Eisemberg, Elnaz Saki, Crystal He and Vinuthaa Murthy will be celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science event next week

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

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

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

CDU Science Outreach Manager Carla Eisemberg encouraged community members to bring 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.

“At the event we hope to inspire the next generation of female scientists in the Northern Territory.”

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

It will take place at Casuarina Library on 11 February from 3pm to 5pm. For more information contact Carla Eisemberg at Carla.Eisemberg@cdu.edu.au