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Key STEM stakeholders to discuss improving opportunities for women

30 March 2016

Encouraging more girls and women to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and go on to pursue high impact careers will be the focus of talks in Brisbane tomorrow (March 31).

Assistant Minister for Science, Karen Andrews, will chair a roundtable on the Government’s Expanding Opportunities for Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship initiative, a key feature of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).

“We know too few girls are studying maths and science at school, and those who do still face significant obstacles to building sustainable, long-term careers that make use of their STEM skills and knowledge,” Mrs Andrews said.

“What we need is action. Fortunately, there are a number of exciting and proven initiatives that NISA can build on.”

The Expanding Opportunities for Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship initiative will provide $13 million over the next four years to boost the participation of girls and women in STEM education and careers.

The initiative supports an expansion of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot and a new project based on the successful Male Champions of Change model.

It will provide funding for projects targeted at girls and women in schools, universities, the research sector, STEM-based industries, and the startup and entrepreneurial sectors.

The roundtable will involve innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and leaders from around Australia and from many different STEM sectors.

More information on the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship initiative and the National Innovation and Science Agenda can be found at http://www.innovation.gov.au/ 

Mrs Andrews' office: 02 6277 4360Department media: media@industry.gov.au