Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Why Aren’t Girls Doing Science?

Canberra Skeptics and Inspiring Australia Proudly Present:

Speaker: Professor Sue Stocklmayer AM
Date: Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, North-Science Road, Acton, ACT 2601

Free Admission

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 forty years.  Despite all the rhetoric, there is still a problem, especially in the physical sciences.  Sue Stocklmayer will look at some of the underlying issues that contribute to the non-participation of girls. She will pose some questions about what might be done to address the problem and discuss possible strategies, especially in physics.

Professor 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 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.

Sue 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 Sue’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 an M.Phil. Her early experiences in physics laid the foundation for a deep and abiding interest in gender issues in science.

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue tbc). To RSVP for the dinner please email

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