sue_stockylmayer_main.jpgWhy aren't girls doing science?


Date: Tuesday 20 May 2014

Time: 6pm 7:30pm

Venue: CSIRO Discovery Centre, lecture theatre, Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT 2601

Free, no booking required.





Are girls voting with their feet, or is it that they really can't do science? The problem of attracting and keeping girls in science has been widely discussed over the past 40 years.


Professor Sue Stocklmayer will look at some of the underlying issues that contribute to the non-participation of girls in science. Despite all the rhetoric, there is still a problem, especially in the physical sciences. She will pose some questions about what might be done to address the problem and discuss possible strategies, especially in physics. Prof Sue Stocklmayer is the Director of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, where she directs a full undergraduate and graduate program in Science Communication.


She is the first Professor of Science Communication in Australia. Research at the Centre based at the Australian National University deals with the interface between science and the public across a broad range of issues. As part of the University's outreach programs, Sue has presented festival science shows, lectures and workshops on all five continents. Prof Stocklmayer grew up in Zambia, graduated in physics and chemistry from the University of London and worked on the Zambian copper mines as a chemist. She emigrated to Australia with her family in 1982 after co-directing an extensive hands-on science program for rural village students in Zimbabwe


This experience opened Prof Stocklmayer's eyes to the importance of hands-on, multicultural, relevant science. She returned to postgraduate study at Curtin University in Perth, where she gained a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science and a Master of Philosophy. Her early experiences in physics laid the foundation for a deep and abiding interest in gender issues in science.


This FREE event is proudly brought to you by the Canberra Skeptics in partnership with Inspiring Australia.


Dinner will follow the lecture. To RSVP for the dinner please email



Warm regards


Anh Nguyen
Inspiring Australia Program (ACT)
02 6246 5432 / 0477 327 132 
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CSIRO Discovery Centre, North Science Rd, Acton ACT 2601 | GPO Box 1600, Canberra ACT 2601