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Prof Emma Johnston at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science has always reported to a male supervisor, never a female. Maja Baska/UNSW AUSTRALIA

How men and women can help reduce gender bias in the workplace

Men still outnumber women in senior positions in Australian universities and other workplaces. Women are pushing for change but it's men who can help redress the gender balance.
We can all reach for the stars in The Milky Way over Western Australia. Flickr/HuiChieh

We should encourage boys and girls to reach for the stars

The drive the get more women involved in science should start at an early age. But as one space researcher found out, girls can get nudged out of science at school.
Professor Amivi Kafui Tete-Benissan (left) teaches cell biology and biochemistry at the University of Lomé, in the capital of Togo. Stephan Gladieu/World Bank/Flickr

How Africa can empower more women to become leaders in science

Getting more women into science, technology, engineering and maths fields is a process that involves many parts of a society. Several African countries are setting the pace.
Ada Lovelace circa 1842, daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet. Reproduced by permission of G C Bond

Mathematical winters: Ada Lovelace, 200 years on

This extraordinary individual defied the constraints of her time and gave a remarkable and farseeing account of computation.
Malcolm Turnbull has now announced his strategy to promote innovation and science in Australia. AAP/Lukas Coch

Expert panel: what the national innovation statement means for science

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). Here's what it means for science, commercialisation and industry in Australia.
Women are the key to encouraging more female academics to seek promotions. Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

Here’s how to get more women promoted to top jobs in universities

Men outnumber women almost two-to one in senior academic positions in Australia's universities. But there is a way that female academics can play a vital role in bridging that gap.
How much do hiring decisions in academia factor in the gender of the applicant? Files image via www.shutterstock.com.

Women preferred for STEM professorships – as long as they’re equal to or better than male candidates

Previous research found a preference in academia for hiring stellar female candidates over stellar male candidates for STEM jobs. A new study investigated what happens if applicants aren't as evenly matched.
Why should astronomy be different from any other field when it comes to sexual harassment? Flickr/PROnate

Change is possible when sexual harassment is exposed

The reaction has been swift since a high-profile astronomer's legacy of sexual harassment against his students was exposed.
Being made to feel you don’t belong in your chosen field is stressful. Woman image via www.shutterstock.com.

What fewer women in STEM means for their mental health

Being underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math means women can be made to feel they don't belong, with long-term mental health consequences.

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