Curtin is committed to the Athena SWAN Charter.
It built on work undertaken earlier in the UK under the ‘Athena Project’ and the Scientific Women’s Academic Network (SWAN).
The Australian Academy of Science and Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering joined forces in 2015 to bring the Athena SWAN Charter and associated accreditation program to Australia under the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) initiative. Curtin joined the inaugural SAGE pilot of the Australian Athena SWAN accreditation program and received the Athena SWAN Bronze Institution accreditation award at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 5 December 2018.
Improving the gender diversity of academic staff and students in STEMM is a priority to ensure Australia is competitive with countries which have a greater focus on this area.
Curtin’s participation in the Australian Athena SWAN program and commitment to the Athena SWAN Charter demonstrates our willingness to work towards the achievement of the Charter’s aims:
- advancing gender equity in academia and leadership
- addressing unequal gender representation across disciplines
- removing the obstacles faced by female academics in particular, at major points of career development and progression.
Our STEMM stars
Curtin University’s academics and researchers tell their personal stories about what attracted them to a career in the STEMM fields.
The Panel Pledge
The Panel Pledge initiative is designed to increase gender equity and diversity on panels at conferences, corporate events and other forums to increase the visibility of women and broaden and deepen the conversations generated.
Achievements in STEMM
Stay in the loop with our achievements in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Curtin STEM Outreach collaborated with Women in Technology WA (WITWA) for outstanding Curtin women in STEMM to be filmed as part of their program Techtrails Online. To read more about their stories, visit the Girls in STEM website.
DNA from the south-west Australian native Nuytsia floribunda, known as the WA Christmas Tree, has revealed temperature, rather than rainfall, impacts the tree’s resilience and reproductive success.
Curtin research has recorded the first known appearance of the African carder bee in WA and the need to closely monitor the impacts of such introduced species on the ecosystem.
Curtin University research has found deep listening or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) could be used as an effective tool to encourage pro-environmental behaviour.
A Curtin University research project which uses a home-based virtual reality (VR) simulation to improve function in people with spinal cord injuries has received funding from the Insurance Commission.