Science 50:50 is the name of a recently launched initiative by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), which aims to get a much higher percentage of girls to take up science-related study and careers.
The Science 50:50 initiative is based on the premise that if half the population is female, then half of our scientists should also be female. It will provide university scholarships, mentoring, industry experience and networking opportunities for young women. The launch of Science 50:50 coincided with a Women in Science symposium at which leaders from Australian industry spoke and answered questions from budding scientists.
Professor Veena Sahajwalla from UNSW leads the Science 50:50 initiative, which is supported by her Australian Research Council Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowship, along with industry and science partners.