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Tasmanian neuroscientist joins national STEM program

Tasmanian neuroscientist Dr Lila Landowski has been chosen to participate in the national Superstars of STEM program 2021.

Dr Landowski is one of 60 women employed across Australia, in a range of roles in technology, engineering and mathematics, chosen to be part of the program which aims to increase the public visibility of women in STEM.

Dr Landowski is a neuroscientist with the Tasmanian School of Medicine in the College of Health of Medicine at the University of Tasmania.

Science & Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said the program gave women in STEM the skills and confidence to step into expert commentary roles in the media.

“It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” she said. “Women are still seriously under-represented in STEM – especially at the senior leadership levels," she said.

“The Superstars of STEM program sets out to smash stereotypes of what a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician look like – these powerful role models show girls that STEM is for them.

“We thank the Australian Government for its strong support of this important program, which is already having a profound impact.

“Sustaining this type of program for the long-term is more important than ever amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the STEM workforce.”

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews officially announced the women chosen for Science & Technology Australia’s game-changing Superstars of STEM program in 2021.

“This program upends the adage ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ by increasing the visibility of women in STEM and encouraging girls and young women to aspire to an exciting STEM career,” Minister Andrews said.

For more information about the Superstars of STEM program and participants visit the website here.

Published on: 03 Dec 2020 11:44am