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The Governor with students at Meet a Scientist Event

More than 150 girls gathered at Government House ahead of International Day for Women and Girls in Science to hear how Victorian women are delivering world-leading advances in medical research and clinical care. 


The  Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, hosted the “Meet a Scientist” event for the Royal Women’s Hospital for students from Melbourne and across regional Victoria.

The event gave the young women the opportunity to hear and meet leading female scientists from the RWH, to encourage them to consider careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

“We know that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations will require STEM skills. We simply cannot afford a gap in these important areas,” the Governor told them.

“And we know that to achieve the best possible workforce to shore up our future, we cannot afford to draw on just half our talent pool. We need you, our clever girls and women, as well as our clever boys and men.

“It is simply not good enough - for our future prosperity – that right now only about a quarter of our STEM workforce are women.

“And it is simply not good enough either - for the finest innovation – if our workforce is devoid of diverse views and voices. Such diversity will always drive the best innovation.”

One of the priorities of the Governor, who is patron of the RWH, is to showcase Victorian innovation, manufacturing and technology, particularly in the areas of design, startups, biomedicine and biotechnology, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics).