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This months theme: Scientists smashing the glass ceiling

Most people think ‘man’ when they think ‘scientist’ – but what does a scientist really look like?

Join us as we celebrate leading women scientists who will share their personal stories on being a successful woman in a male-dominated field. Hear the different perspectives of women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s as they share their experiences and challenge the stereotypes and preconceptions about what being a scientist means.

Six women. Six generations of science.

Women are often squeezed out of scientific careers by structural barriers and assumptions, leading to a loss of expertise, knowledge, and talent. This evening aims to showcase how this is changing over time. However, with all the breakthroughs in modern science, why aren’t we celebrating the contribution of women to science? Why must women be forced to be either a female or a scientist?

It’s time for women to don their space suits and rocket through the glass ceiling!

Confirmed speakers:
Team 20s: Kirsten Banks, a proud Wiradjuri woman, physicist, an Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory, a passionate science communicator and an avid Twitter user.

Team 30s: Dr. Nural Cokcetin, a microbiologist who studies honey, awarded best science communicator in Famelab Australia 2017, and self-confessed pun-lover.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Arti Agrawal, a physicist and Director of the Women in Engineering and IT programme at UTS. She is passionate about promoting diversity in STEMM, particularly surrounding race and sexuality.

Team 40s is also represented by Associate Professor Adriana Verges, a marine ecologist who studies the impact of climate change on underwater forests, and spends most of her time SCUBA diving. She is interested in the impacts of climate change and the conservation of the world’s algal forests and seagrass meadows.

Team 50s: Professor Jane Latimer, a medical researcher and STEMM advisor, working with the federal government and the Academies of Science to develop strategies to increase the representation of female research leaders in STEMM.

Team 60s: Professor Elizabeth Elliot, an academic pediatrician, advocate for STEMM and champion for gender equity in medicine and medical research. Elizabeth works to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children in remote communities, low-middle income settings, immigration detention and children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Hosted by Dr Elaine Laforteza

In the spirit of the evening, a percentage of all tickets sales will be donated to a chosen charity.

Concession tickets and Giant Dwarf member discounts available!
$18 tickets are available for groups of 5 or more.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


  • 7 Mar
    7 March 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • 3 May - Generation Women
    3 May 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • 19 Jul : Generation Women
    19 July 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • 17 Aug: Generation Women - Scientists smashing the glass ceiling
    17 August 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • 28 Sep: Generation Women
    17 August 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm



199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, Sydney, 2016, Australia

Generation Women
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