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12 February 2024

International Day for Girls & Women in Science 2024: listen to our podcast!

Sunday 11 February marked the annual International Day for Girls & Women in Science – a UN-led day which promotes full and equal access to, and participation in, the field of science for women and girls. The 2024 theme, ‘Women and Girls in Science Leadership: A New Era for Sustainability, recognises the pivotal role of women and girls in science as catalysts for positive change and sustainable progress in STEM.  

Listen to Deakin’s podcast

To celebrate women and girls in science, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion invites you to listen to the latest Respect. Belong. Thrive. podcast episode, Women in Science, featuring Zoë Brittain and Brooke Jensen, Deakin STEM students and In2science mentors.

Women in Science podcast thumbnailIn this podcast, Tordy Rowe (Deakin’s In2science Program Coordinator), Zoë and Brooke delve into the world of science and STEM education, exploring their journeys as STEM mentors, while also discussing the importance of strong female role models and offering valuable advice to women pursuing careers in STEM fields. Listen to the podcast now.

Learn more about our presenters

Zoe BrittonZoë Britton, Zoologist and In2science Mentor
Zoë has a diverse educational background, including a Bachelor in Zoology and Animal Science, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) and is currently undertaking her Ph.D. in Marine Humanities/Science. With six years of experience at Zoos Victoria and her role as an In2science classroom mentor, she’s breaking down the stigma that science only belongs in a lab and is making science accessible and fun for students. Zoë’s supervisory work in the Deakin Seaweed Research Group showcases her commitment to being a role model for women in STEM.

Trust your instincts, embrace the challenges, and lean on the support of others. – Zoë

Brooke JensenBrooke Jensen, STEM Educator and In2science Mentor
Brooke is a passionate STEM educator. With a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Certificate in STEM Education, Brooke has a wealth of experience in science outreach programs. She’s dedicated to inspiring high school students and encouraging their interest in STEM. Brooke is currently undertaking a Master of Teaching to continue to mentor students in the classroom and showcase the diverse opportunities in STEM fields.

Embrace the opportunities in STEM, build on your skills, and don’t hesitate to try new things. – Brooke

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of In2science – an innovative and proven multi-university school partnership program that places volunteer university students as peer mentors in Victorian low socio-economic secondary schools. Read more about Deakin’s partnership with In2science.


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