Queensland’s women in STEM applauded

Published Sunday, 26 March, 2017 at 05:06 PM

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Two Queensland scientists have been recognised for their work in paving the way for others at tonight’s (Sunday) annual Women in Science event.

Minister for Innovation Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch announced Dr Nasim Amiralian had been awarded the Judge’s Choice Award, and Ms Jordan Debono had been awarded the People’s Choice Award.

Speaking at the Under the Microscope: Pioneering Women in Science event at World Science Festival Brisbane, Ms Enoch said Dr Amiralian was looking at ways of using spinifex nanofibres to create strong, durable and extra thin latex products, such as surgical gloves and condoms.

Ms Enoch said Dr Amiralian’s work could result in the establishment of new manufacturing industries in Queensland, with the creation of new jobs in the state.

She said Ms Debono’s research is leading to a greater understanding of our blood system and the interactions that occur, and could lead to the discovery of new drugs to combat heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Ms Enoch said the scientists, both from the University of Queensland, would each receive $5000 in prize money.

“The Queensland Women in STEM competition highlights the dedication of Queensland’s women scientists, as well as their contribution to inspiring, and engaging with, the broader community about Queensland science,” Ms Enoch said.

“We have marvellous talent in our state, and the aim of the Queensland Women in STEM prize is to not only showcase that talent but to inspire all girls and young women to consider a career in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.”

Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman said it was fantastic to see “the number of women who are smashing stereotypes and navigating successful careers in traditionally male-dominated industries”.

“We need to continue to celebrate women and encourage more girls and young women to take up careers in STEM fields,” Ms Fentiman said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is working hard to encourage the participation of girls in STEM subjects by engaging and supporting them in initiatives such as the STEM Girl Power Camp and through specialised mentoring by STEM champions.”  

Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Suzanne Miller said engagement and communication by our scientists is incredibly important for building awareness of the great science happening in Queensland, and showcasing the career opportunities available.

“It is initiatives like these that create science role models who will inspire young women and men to consider a career in STEM,” she said.

The Queensland Women in Science Awards are supported by the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist, the Office for Women, and World Science Festival Brisbane.

“The World Science Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of women who are making a real difference in Queensland, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Ms Enoch said.


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