Women in science we admire

Women Scientists We Admire

About our competition

On 11 February 2017, honouring the second year of the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the University of Tasmania invited all staff and students to participate in an image competition to contribute to raising awareness about the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology communities. Participants were asked to send a picture of a woman scientist they have been inspired by, along with a short description of her major scientific endeavours.

Twenty-eight entries were received, all telling wonderful stories about a diverse range of women scientists. They acknowledge past and present scientists world-renowned in their field, but also stories of men and women inspired by their current peers.

Our digital exhibition honours women scientists nominated by members of our University community. 

We hope you enjoy finding out about the amazing women scientists we admire. 


Why nominate a female scientist?

Through 4,000 years of recorded scientific discoveries, there have been countless women scientists in all fields. Unfortunately, they have too often been relegated to footnotes in history. On 15 December 2015, the United Nations decided to proclaim 11 February of each year the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS), to raise awareness about the need to inspire and provide equal opportunities for women’s participation and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Source:  UTAS Gender Equity news item, United Nations International day of women and girls in science


Would you like to nominate your favourite female scientist or share how you have been inspired by a female scientist?

Nominate a female scientist by filling in and submitting the online nomination form.


Looking to find out more information on Gender Equity at our University?

Please visit the gender equity website which offers a wide range of informative and useful resources showcasing the University’s commitment to creating and supporting a diverse and equitable workplace.



Exhibition curated by: Dr Ariadna Martinez-Marrades, Project Manager, SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN 

Original Women in Science  2017 static exhibition was held  in Morris Miller Library,  Sandy Bay Campus, University of Tasmania. 

Online exhibition curated by: University of Tasmania, Library Discovery Services and The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).