Congratulations to our very own Dr Helen Salouros of the Australian Forensic Drug Laboratory who was selected to be part of the 2019/2020 Superstars of STEM. This initiative aims to smash society's gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Science & Technology Australia (STA) established the Superstars of STEM to create a critical mass of celebrity Australian female scientists and technologists as role models for young women and girls, and to work towards equal representation in the media of young women and men working in all STEM fields.
Each Superstar will connect with hundreds of school children; feature in local, national and international media; and serve as a representative for their work, their discipline and their sector.
Professor Emma Johnston AO, STA President: “We are extremely proud to have seen hundreds of capable, skilled, confident women apply for the program, and really look forward to sharing the stories of these impressive 60 Superstars with the world.”
Dr Bruce Warrington, Chief Executive Officer (A/g) of National Measurement Institute (NMI) and Chief Metrologist has congratulated Helen on her selection, which is a wonderful opportunity: “Helen is a great ambassador, and will inspire more women to enter into careers in STEM. Her profile as a Superstar will also introduce more women to metrology, the science of measurement; raise awareness of the research done outside universities, in agencies like NMI; and highlight the impact that a career in STEM can have.”