Joint Media Release with Minister For Jobs And Innovation Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Charles Darwin University is one of 22 organisations sharing in more than $4 million worth of Coalition Government grants.
The grants are from the second round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) programme.
The Coalition Government is committed to increasing the participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers.
The WISE programme targets women and girls of all ages and backgrounds across Australia, from early childhood to mid-career entrepreneurs and scientists. The programme is designed to foster lifelong interest in STEM, encourage greater participation in STEM careers, and help female STEM professionals build entrepreneurial skills and networks.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said CDU’s project, Catalyzing collaboration for Northern Australia’s women scientists, had received a grant of $155,000.
Senator Scullion said the project was an example of how NT businesses and organisations can inspire women and girls of all ages and backgrounds to consider a career in STEM.
“I strongly encourage all Territory businesses and organisations to partner with the Coalition Government to help increase the participation of girls and women in STEM.
“I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the CDU project,” Senator Scullion said.
The project will develop and launch a collaboration programme of Northern Australian female scientists. Teams of women scientist will be established with other institutions to build networks and share ideas.
CDU Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Professor Ruth Wallace said the programme engaged entrepreneurship.
“The programme will be a catalyst in enabling women to drive evidence based approaches, innovation and unique solutions to the challenges and opportunities of northern Australia.
“Co-designed through partnerships with industry, government, research organisations and the community, the programme will create collaborative teams aiming to solve real-world issues, embrace diversity and commit to long term sustainable outcomes for Australia,” Professor Wallace said.
Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash said the Government is tackling the national challenge of how to attract more girls and women to STEM studies and careers.
“We must draw on the entire skill set of our community and make the best use of the tremendous knowledge and skills of women researchers, engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs.
“Only by involving all Australians can we take big strides in science and technology, ensuring our nation benefits from the huge contribution these discoveries will make to our future lives,” Minister Cash said.
For a list of grant recipients, visit www.business.gov.au/WISE-grant-recipients