Women in STEM for International Women’s Day 8 March 2023

The theme for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023 is #EmbraceEquity. It is a day to not only recognise and celebrate the contribution of women to society, but to continue the robust discussions we need to have about what a gender equal world means to us all.

Here are some local events focusing on women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and medicine, with discussions led by leading researchers and important contributions by our rising stars. We hope you can join an event and be a part of the important discussions.

Women in Science: A Science @ The Local Library event

Hosted by: Western Sydney University Library, Science @ The Local and Penrith City Library

Where: Penrith City Library – Peter Goodfellow Theatrette, 601 High Street Penrith, NSW 2750

When: 6.30 to 7.30pm, Wednesday 8 March2023

More information: https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/upcoming-events/women-in-science-a-science-the-local-library-event

Registrations/booking: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/women-in-science-a-science-the-local-library-event-tickets-487244089187

International Women’s Day AI & STEM Celebration

Hosted by: Women in IA (WAI) and UNSW AI Institute

Speakers include:

  • Angela Kim, Women in AI Australia Ambassdor
  • Vicky Liu,  VP&GM, Partner Ecosystem, APAC IBM
  • Kate Carruthers, Head of Business Intelligence, UNSW AI Institute
  • Sonal Surana, General Manager, CBA
  • Prof Flora Salim, Deputy Director of Engagement, UNSW AI Institute
  • A/Prof Fatemeh Vafaee, Deputy Director of uDash

Where: UNSW CBD Campus Level 6 No. 1 O’Connell St Sydney, NSW 2000

When: 5.30 pm to 7.30pm , Wednesday 8 March 2023

Registrations/booking: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/international-womens-day-ai-stem-celebration-registration-564018272837

Dismantling barriers for a gender equal future

Hosted by: The Kirby Institute


  • Dr Tanya Applegate, Senior Lecturer, Kirby Institute
  • Professor Janaki Amin, Department of Health Sciences, Macquarie University
  • Dr Adrienne Lee Withall, Researcher, School of Population Health, UNSW
  • Ms Sally Kinrade, Vice President, Medicines Development for Global Health
  • Associate Professor Angela Kelly-Hanku, Senior Principal Research Fellow & Head, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research and Associate Professor, Global Health Program, Kirby Institute

Where: Online

When: 1 to 2.30pm, Tuesday 7 March

Registrations/booking: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dismantling-barriers-for-a-gender-equal-future-tickets-542317184297

Australia’s Rising WiDS Stars! (WiDS = Women in Data Science)

Hosted by: Australian Data Science Network

Speakers (from NSW):

  • Dr Shibani Antonette, Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
  • Rose Crocker, Quantitative Decision Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Isabelle Greco, Master’s Student, UNSW
  • Abir (Abby) Khazaal, PhD candidate, UNSW School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences (BABS), UNSW Data Science Hub (uDASH)
  • Dr Catherine Kim, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, QUT
  • Dr Sahani Pathiraja, Lecturer, UNSW Data Science Hub
  • Eve Slavich, Statistical Consultant, UNSW
  • Dr Firouzeh Taghikhah, Lecturer, Sydney University
  • Dr Anikó Tóth, Research Fellow, UNSW Data Science Hub

Where: Online

When: 12am to 5pm AEDT, Wednesday 8 March 2023

More information: https://www.australiandatascience.net/wids-2023/

Registrations/booking: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australias-rising-wids-stars-tickets-556277329467

Women in STEM. Empowering high school girls to pursue a career in STEM.

Hosted by: Australian National Maritime Museum


  • Vanessa Pirotta,Wild Sydney Harbour
  • Yvonne Tran,Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University Hearing
  • Eliza Macdonald, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and  UNSW MSc(Research) candidate
  • Suki Jiaswal, UNSW Optometry PhD Candidate
  • Erin Roger, ecologist, Atlas of Living Australia
  • Sally Hurst, palaeontologist, Macquarie University

Where: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000

When: 9.30am – 2pm or 10am – 2.30pm, 9 March 2023     

More information: https://www.sea.museum/learn/school-excursions/high-school-programs/women-in-stem

Registrations/booking: For High School students only

International Women’s Day STEM panel

Hosted by: The College of Engineering, Science and Environment, University of Newcastle


  • Associate Professor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, School of Education (Mathematics) and a co-founder of HunterWiSE
  • Emma Hails, Senior Surveyor, Acciona Construction Australia
  • Karen Livesey, Senior Lecturer School of Information and Physical Sciences (Physics)

Where: Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle

When: 12 to 1pm, 8 March 2023

More information: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/events/college-of-engineering-science-and-environment/international-womens-day-stem-panel

Registrations/booking: For students only