By: Emma Russell

Dr Anna Garden, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Otago. Photo/Supplied

First-hand accounts from two women working in physical sciences will be told on Tuesday at 6pm at the War Memorial Hall in Whanganui.

For the third year running the MacDiarmid Institute will be hosting a free lecture in Whanganui, this time giving an insight into an industry “dominated by males”.

MacDiarmid deputy director for engagement, Associate Professor Nicola Gaston, said despite decades of government effort aimed at getting girls into science, the stats show women are still significantly under-represented.

“Not only in more senior ranks but also at the research student level.”

She said she was happy to be able to say that a third of MacDiarmid Institute researchers were women – even at the most senior levels.

“But while that’s better than usual in these disciplines, it demonstrates the persistent representation gap.”

Dr Anna Garden and doctoral student Ashley Way will each tell their own story about how they came to be a nano scientist, as well as explain some of their research.

Dr Gaston said there had been considerable interest in the lectures.

“We know that having positive female scientist role models helps younger women see a future career for themselves as scientists, so we’re extremely pleased to be able to bring some of our female scientists to speak in Whanganui.”

The talk is part of a wider MacDiarmid regional lecture series, which this year sees 15 MacDiarmid Institute women nano scientists talk at six centres around the country.

Source: Wanganui Chronicle

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