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Women in STEM

women in stem

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 STEM (WinS) Program is designed to help women in STEM 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 STEM contribute.

The aim of the Sativus WinS Program is to:

  1. Expand the professional network of Women in STEM
  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 STEM


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.

We’d love to have you there!

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Wins schedule 2024

Tuesday February 6th 9am AEST / 10am AEDT

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

Tuesday March 5th 9am AEST / 10am AEDT

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. Register here.

Wednesday 10th April 9.30am AEST

Guest speaker – TBD. Register here.

Tuesday 14th May 9.30am AEST

Write your own recommendation letter. This activity will provide practise in writing letters of recommendation for others, while working through how you would approach writing one about yourself. Register here.

Wednesday 12th June 9.30am AEST

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

Thursday 8th August 9.30am AEST

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

Wednesday 11th September 9.30am AEST

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

Tuesday 8th October 9.30am AEST/10.30am AEDT

Interview practise. This paired activity will provide an opportunity to practise responding to common interview questions. Register here.

Wednesday 13th November 9.30am AEST/10.30am AEDT

Guest speaker – TBD. Register here.

Thursday 12th December 9.30am AEST/10.30am AEDT

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. Register here.