Women in STEMM

#WinS

Women in STEMM

There is substantial evidence, particularly from the business sector, that integrating women into projects, programs and positions of leadership produces large social and economic benefits. The Sativus Women in STEMM (WinS) Program is designed to help women in STEMM build their confidence to identify opportunities, apply for opportunities, and practise professional networking in a safe and constructive environment. These skills are critical for anyone working in science, but they aren’t taught as part of standard scientific training.

WinS is a network of women who connect and share opportunities and experiences to develop these essential skills. The free, virtual sessions are designed to be informal 30 minute interactions, making them easy for participants to attend and engage with. Importantly, attendees are encouraged to create and post on LinkedIn about the amazing woman they met at the Sativus WinS sessions, which provides experience with professional social media networking platforms, visibility to them and the woman they met to their networks, and visibility in general of the achievements women in STEMM contribute.

The aim of the Sativus WinS Program is to:

  1. Expand the professional network of Women in STEMM
  2. Increase women’s confidence in networking
  3. Improve women’s confidence to apply for opportunities
  4. Improve the ability for women to talk positively about their achievements and aspirations
  5. Provide a positive experience for women in STEMM.

We’re constantly tweaking the format as we get to know each other and build confidence, but it’s always a lot of fun and a really great positive boost.

We will be holding another #WinS session soon, email Kylie to join. kylie@sativus.com.au

We’d love to have you there!

Wins schedule

4 pm Friday 6th May

Paired networking activity. This session will be a paired networking activity to give you practise networking and the opportunity to meet someone new!

9:30am Tuesday 24th May

Dr Kate Christian will be presenting an overview of her career and many achievements. It’s been a privilege getting to know Kate and her important work supporting Early Career Researchers in Australia. ECRs and those that have ECRs in their team will benefit from Kate’s wisdom! There will be plenty of time for questions too, with a key element of this session being practice for you all with ‘active listening’, generating questions and practise with asking those questions.

Kate has worked in health and medical research for over 30 years.  The nature of her work has involved Kate with many early-career researchers in a range of disciplines, and she has developed skills in teaching them how to manage themselves, their research and their careers. Her book, ‘Keys to Running Successful Research Projects: All the Things they Never Teach You’ is a compilation of the steps she believes it takes to make a successful and productive researcher. Kate’s current research through QUT focuses on the challenges faced by early-career researchers in the sciences in Australia, and identifying ways to address some of those challenges.

I encourage you all to link with Kate on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-kate-christian-357a4b51/

9.30am Thursday 9th June

Paired networking activity. This session will be a paired networking activity to give you practise networking and the opportunity to meet someone new!

9.30am 22nd June

Skills capture exercise. This session we’ll practise defining and writing down our skillsets and experience.

1.00pm Thursday 14th July

Madeline (Maddie) is a plant scientist with broad interests in the social, economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture. While a PhD student University of Cambridge and a postdoc at CSIRO, her research focused engineering novel food, fuel and fibre crops to benefit of farmers, consumers and the environment. She now holds a joint role with RMIT University and Food Agility CRC where she builds, leads and contributes to research projects to support management of carbon other forms of natural capital on farm. Maddie is a member of the Riverine Plains farming system group’s Research Advisory Council and a Director of Cambridge Australia Scholarships as well as Chair of their PhD selection committee. She is an alumna of Homeward Bound and Superstars of STEM as well as a recipient of a Young Tall Poppy Award.

I encourage you all to link with Maddie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-madeline-mitchell-6b326983/

2pm Thursday 4th August

Draft answer to award/job application. With any application for a job, award or even a grant, there is a need to answer similar questions about your capability and experience. This session we’ll start documenting an answer to this question so you have something started for the next time you need it!

2pm Wednesday 31st August

Dr Mahya Tavan will be presenting an overview of her career path to date. There will be plenty of time for questions, with a key element of this session being practice for you all with ‘active listening’, generating questions and practise with asking those questions.

Dr Mahya Tavan is an agriculture and food scientist. Her main research focus is sustainable food production, resource use efficiency and nutritional quality of agricultural products. Mahya completed her PhD research at the University of Melbourne with a thesis on the nutritional, sensorial and postharvest quality of biofortified microgreens and will join the Riddet Institute’s Sustainable Nutrition initiative team (at Massey University, New Zealand) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

I encourage you all to link with Mahya on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahya-tavan/

9.30am Tuesday 6th September

Draft personal talking points. In this session, we’ll go through what ‘talking points’ are, why you need them to describe what it is you do, your ‘wins’ and aspirations; and then start drafting some points.

9.30am Tuesday 27th September

Paired networking activity. This session will be a paired networking activity to give you practise networking and the opportunity to meet someone new!

2.30pm Tuesday 18th October

Review awards for eligibility. In this session, we’ll go through various award opportunities and start thinking through which ones you might be eligible for and how you would go about pulling together an application.

1:00pm Tuesday 8th November

Patricia (Trish) grew up in Adelaide and completed an undergraduate degree at University of Adelaide in Animal Science. She decided to undertake further study and completed a PhD in the field of Animal Science, where she investigated sow and piglet welfare and performance during lactation in different housing systems. Following this Patricia decided to pursue a career within the pig industry focusing on production. Patricia was offered a position at PIC Australia’s Genetic Nucleus in NSW, where after 3 years, she was made Assistant Manager.

Join us to practise some active listening and networking, while Trish practises talking about her career, her wins and aspirations!

1pm Friday 25th November

Paired networking activity. This session will be a paired networking activity to give you practise networking and the opportunity to meet someone new!

10:30am Tuesday 6th December

Reflective exercise. We’ll spend this session reflecting on your WinS for 2022, and aspirations for 2023.

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