Science Talk, MELBOURNE
All welcome, free, bring your friends!
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

At GTAC, in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)

Wednesday 19th September 2018, 6:30 pm


Professor Frances Separovic

School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne

"Breaking barriers in science"

Much has been written about women in science, the ‘glass ceiling’ and the ‘leaky pipeline’. We know that women in science face persistent challenges and increasingly institutions and professional societies are taking steps to promote the visibility of women. Gender equity continues to make headlines. Unconscious bias and a culture of exclusion have led many women to become disillusioned and ultimately leave science and academia. Professor Separovic will give a personal account of how she navigated a career in a male dominated field, the setbacks and the rewards, and why the culture of science needs to be less challenging and more inclusive.

Prof Separovic has degrees in Maths & Physics from Macquarie University and UNSW. She was awarded the 2009 ASB Robertson Medal and 2011 ANZMAG Medal, and is a Fellow of the Biophysical Society, and the Australian Academy of Science. In 2017 she was named an IUPAC Distinguished Woman of Chemistry/Chemical Engineering and was inducted in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2018.  Her research involves determining the structure and dynamics of membrane components using solid-state NMR spectroscopy. She used them to help solve the molecular structure of the antibiotic gramicidin A and the bee toxin melittin within phospholipid membranes.


Forthcoming talks:

Wed 17th Oct    Prof David Thorburn Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Mitochondrial Donation

Friday 16th Nov   YSA/ANZAAS Annual Dinner

We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series
Further Info:         David Vaux       9345 2941      



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