Women and girls in STEM, the planet needs you!

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A senior Victorian forum was livestreamed to explore education and career opportunities and challenges for girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEM).

Watch the video to hear the advice, experiences and passion from our fantastic line up of Speaker’s and Panellist's.

“Forge your own path, and back yourself”

“Scientists are curious, creative and passionate about solving problems for people and planet”

“The planet needs you!”

“Believe in yourself”

This inspiring and dynamic discussion on the importance of girls and women in science took place to celebrate the 2021 International Day for Women and Girls in Science, on Thursday 11 February 2021.

Viewers included secondary students and teachers streaming live into the classroom, to a range of interested participants at different stages in their careers. View and share the recording with young Victorians!

Students, young people and teachers can now watch the recording from anywhere, at any time and be inspired.

This event was delivered by the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in partnership with the Royal Society of Victoria to celebrate this important day. The event is also a collaboration between the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria’s Lead Scientist and Victoria’s Chief Environmental Scientist.

Thank you to our speakers and panel members.


  • Dr Muneera Bano
  • Associate Professor Misty Jenkins
  • Dr Amy Coetsee


  • Dr Andrea Hinwood
  • Dr Amanda Caples
  • Dr Gillian Sparkes

Women and Girls in STEM

Low representation of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a significant barrier to achieving our scientific potential. Many STEM activities support the development of women and girls in Victoria yet are difficult to access.

The 'Women and Girls in STEM Map' launched by the Victorian Government last month, shows a range of programs available to Victorian women and girls. This is an important new resource for a person’s STEM education, from primary school through to their professional career, enabling more women and girls to pursue a career in STEM.


More information

E: info.ces@ces.vic.gov.au


Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria

In 2020, the Commissioner released the Science for sustainable development guide – a Framework for the Victorian State of the Environment 2023 Report, read more.