[ASA] ASA Women in Astronomy Workshop 2012 - first announcement

Sarah Maddison smaddison at swin.edu.au
Wed Aug 15 16:46:42 AEST 2012

First Announcement:

*ASA Women in Astronomy Workshop 2012
10-11 October 2012* *
Swinburne University, Melbourne*


The second ASA Workshop in Women in Astronomy will be held *10-11 October
2012* at Swinburne University in Melbourne.  This 2-day workshop will focus
on how unconscious biases in our professional and personal lives affects
women’s leadership and participation in the workplace. Over the two days
there will be both presentations as well as workshop sessions.  These will
cover some of the issues and obstacles that women face during their
astronomy careers, and strategies that both women and men can use in
overcoming them. Descriptions of new approaches and schemes implemented
over the past 18 months, by individuals and institutions, to help improve
the status of women in astronomy will be examined. Guest speakers include Mary
Crooks <http://philanthropywiki.org.au/index.php/Mary_Crooks>, Executive
Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust.  A (non-subsidised) dinner will
also be organised on the 10th to provide further opportunity for discussion.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop. For catering purposes
please email Sarah Brough (sb at aao.gov.au) to indicate your attendance, no
later than* 10 September 2012*.

All are welcome! The reduction in the percentage of women at each career
step is an issue that affects everyone, as women and men are equally
talented and deserve equal opportunity, and full participation of men and
women will maximize excellence in the field. With that issue in mind, this
workshop is open to all and everyone is strongly encouraged to attend.

Please circulate this email throughout your department, and encourage all
students, postdocs and colleagues to come. At the end of the workshop we
will submit a report on the outcomes to the ASA council.

Workshop Goals:

   1. To raise awareness of general issues that impact on the decision of
   women to continue in a research focused career.
   2. To illustrate the validity of the many career paths for astronomers.
   3. To highlight how institutions can help women succeed in our field.
   4. To recognize and combat unconscious biases.

For more details, please see the workshop website:

Kind regards,

Sarah Brough (AAO)
Kate Gunn (CAASTRO)
Virgina Kilborn (Swinburne)
Sarah Maddison (Swinburne)
Steven Tingay (ICRAR)

 A/Prof Sarah Maddison
 Associate Professor of Astrophysics
 Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing
 Swinburne University of Technology
 PO BOX 218, Hawthorn, VIC 3122,  AUSTRALIA
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 e: smaddison at swin.edu.au
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