University of Tasmania researcher Dr Rosanne Guijt has been recognised nationally for her achievements, taking home the Inaugural Connecting Women in STEMM Award.
The award aims to support a woman researcher in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine (STEMM).
As part of her award Dr Guijt was given the opportunity to travel to the Women in STEMM Australia’s inaugural National Symposium: Connecting Women in STEMM conference in Melbourne, where she was formally presented with her accolade.
Dr Guijt said the symposium was a good opportunity to link with other women in the STEMM field and find out more about the impact the Athena SWAN project (a national program designed to help improve gender equity and diversity in higher education and research) was having on workplace gender equity.
“The most important thing I got out of the conference was a great sense of optimism and the feeling the tide is turning,” she said.
“It was great to see the initiatives and enthusiasm in the Australian academic community embracing the SAGE project and I was surprised to learn that many large companies have got on board the journey towards equity.”
Dr Guijt said it was the responsibility of leading women in STEMM fields to step up and keep the momentum to change society for the next generations.
“Together we can bundle forces to create a better, more equitable community where diversity is celebrated,” she said.
Dr Guijt said accolades such as the Connecting Women in STEMM Awards were an important part of influencing change.
“I believe it is important to show that there are women who are successful in the STEMM fields to inspire young girls to choose a career in science, but more importantly to encourage women struggling to move their careers forward in a sector that is traditionally male dominated.”
“I also think more attention needs to be paid to successful women, to change the public perception of professional women, especially in the STEMM fields.”
A senior Lecturer in Pharmacy at the Faculty of Health’s School of Medicine, Dr Guijt has both a strong research record and is an active gender equity and diversity advocate who has initiated studies in gratitude practice in the student-supervisor relationship and on the impact of parenting on academic career progression across disciplines and academic levels.
Dr Guijt’s primary research identifies new solutions in the fields of health sciences, chemistry and engineering, through the development of new, miniaturised instrumentation.
She is currently based in Germany, as part of a two-year Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, to work on the development and manufacture of such instruments.