Physics, medicine, engineering: the world of science may appear to be dominated by the male gender but in fact many are the research studies and discoveries made by female scientists and researchers. To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney, in conjunction with the office of the Science and Technology Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Canberra, organised the conference entitled “Italian Women in Science” with the aim of making a reflection on gender equality in traditionally male-dominated sectors and highlighting the presence of Italian female scientists in Australian universities.
The conference, scheduled at 6 p.m. on 9 March at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC), will present research studies by Italian academics working in Australian universities and research centres. The conference will be opened by Donatella Cannova, the director of the IIC in Sydney and Oscar Moze, the Science Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Canberra, who will make an overview of Italian women in science, from antiquity to date. The Italian scientists will illustrate their respective research sectors and talk about their career advancements since they moved from Italy to Australia.