Professor Sharon Bell: A Marathon for Change

Professor Sharon Bell AM will discuss the most recent findings from her series of studies on gender in Australian science and reflect on her academic background as an anthropologist in this context.


Sharon will draw on the findings of her research ‘Women in the Science Research Workforce’ (2015), which focuses on the disciplinary fields of biology and chemistry. This is a landmark report in that it is cross-sectoral in two important fields of science, draws on data from both men and women across all career stages and draws on evidence from those who have left the science research workforce.

  • Professor Sharon Bell - A Marathon for Change
  • Wednseday 4th September
  • 4pm Jackson Lecture Theatre
  • 5pm wine reception

Professor Sharon Bell is an academic leader with over twenty-five years of leadership experience in the Australian higher education sector. She is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor Strategy and Planning at Western Sydney University and an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University. She is also an Emeritus Professor at the University of Wollongong.

In 2019, her ‘service to tertiary education, and as an advocate for gender equity’ were recognised by her appointment as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division).

Professor Bell holds a PhD from the University of Sydney in the discipline of Anthropology. In addition to holding senior executive roles in Australian universities over the past decade she has conducted research on gender equity in the Australian academy and she authored the influential report Women in Science in Australia: Maximising Productivity, Diversity and Innovation (FASTS, 2009). With Professor Lyn Yates from the University of Melbourne she has recently concluded a major project as CI on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant on Women in the Scientific Research Workforce: Identifying and Sustaining the Diversity Advantage.

This event is free to attend, but booking is essential.

The talk will be followed by a wine reception where you will have the opportunity to chat with Sharon.

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