Women remain underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and despite lots of work being done to try and close the gender gap there’s still more to do.
A new video promoting STEM-based careers and the importance of these skills in the workplace has been developed to inspire women and encourage them to consider choosing a career in a STEM field.
The video features three scientists from the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) who are currently based at the Clare Research Centre:
Dr Christina Walela, Research Agronomist, Sarah Day, Research Officer, and Dr Penny Roberts, Research Scientist who feature in the video, talk about the STEM subjects they use to support their daily work, such as chemistry, physics, technology, maths and English.
Dr Penny Roberts said it’s not only science and maths that support careers in STEM, but being able to communicate clearly is also essential.
”In my role as site team leader at Clare Research Centre it is important that I have strong communication skills so I can work effectively with my team, while maths and science support my daily research,” she said.
“It is important that women are encouraged to develop their interests in STEM so they can do what they love, as this is what drives people to succeed.”
The video was originally produced for Mace Engineering Services’ program ‘Super STEM Regional SA’, which was funded under round 1 of the Australian Government’s Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program.