Ambassadors leading change for women in science

March 2015

Science is needed by the world if we're going to be successful as a human race. Science needs women if we're going to embrace the full human potential," said Club Melbourne Ambassador Dr Cathy Foley. 

Sunday 8 March marked International Women’s Day. As the Deputy Director and Science Director at CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship, Dr Foley advocates for accountability in organisations to ensure women are recognised for their potential to lead, that opportunities are presented and management practices are in place to address diversity and equity every month of the year, not just in March.

A number of high profile Club Melbourne Ambassadors have recently been advocating for change on this issue. Professor Kathryn North AM, Director at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), has been a voice for women in leadership. It was therefore unsurprising that she was one of the five Parkville-based institute directors who backed the Women in Science Parkville Precinct (WISPP) initiative launched late last year.  The directors of The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and MCRI stepped up in a collaborative effort to boost numbers of women in leadership and improve gender equity across the precinct.

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The commonalities between Melbourne and Osaka

March 2015

At a glance you might be hesitant to draw similarities between Osaka, Japan and Melbourne, Australia. Population differences aside these sister cities serve as significant biomedical hubs.

Club Melbourne Ambassador and CEO of Biomedical Research Victoria, Associate Professor Jan Tennent has been a key participant in a recent extension of the relationship between the two cities and a return visitor to Osaka over the past year. 

The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Mr Robert Doyle and a group of industry representatives visited Osaka early in 2014 to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the sister city relationship and open up new opportunities for continued engagement. This meeting stimulated two further trade delegations, one in August 2014 that included Associate Professor Tennent as a guest of the City of Osaka and its Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and another in February this year.

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March 2015