We wonder how you spent International Women’s Day this year? The UPS Student Leadership Team visited the South Australian Museum for a special forum, also attended by students from North Adelaide Primary School and Adelaide Botanic High School.

The forum featured four prominent women researchers working in different science fields in South Australia. The researchers were:
• Prof Tanya Monro (Physicist and newly appointed defence chief scientist – photonics)
• Dr Cath Kemper (Mammalogist, SA Museum)
• Rebecca Richards (Anthropologist, PhD student and First Aboriginal Rhodes Scholar)
• Dr Hannah Brown (Biophotonics researcher and science communicator SAHMRI)

It was a great afternoon that included questions directed at each individual speaker, as well as the group collectively. The women talked about their work, their personal lives and their journey to success. At the end of the presentation we had some afternoon tea and enjoyed having a chat with the women.

It was a great session and we gained an unique insight into the work of these wonderful scientists.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the parents who accompanied us on this excursion: Sue Bates, Monica Nieva-Zaloumis, Danny Zaloumis, Rebecca Hill and Kerry Volkers.