15 September 2016
Celebrating 10 years of the Australian L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships
Dr Joanne Whittaker - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at University of Tasmania.
“The position for women in science is getting better”
Marine Geophysicist, Joanne Whittaker goes back in time, over 200 million years, to study the formation of the world we know. She investigates the interactions that control the motion of the tectonic plates and the circulation of the deep earth. Her ongoing projects look at understanding the big mechanisms that controlled the formation of continents and the pieces that break away during this process. Understanding the processes that occurred in the past, will help to understand those of the future, and have many potential applications including the prediction of climate change, and location of gas and mineral sources.
Since receiving the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship in 2013 Joanne has been a leading figure around the world in Marine Geosciences. When asked her opinion on the current position for women in science, in Australia: “Where I am, it definitely feels like it’s getting better. I really think the biggest impact is at a society level, and we need to share child care.”