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

This dynamic discussion on the importance of girls and women in science celebrated the 2021 International Day for Women and Girls in Science on Thursday 11 February 2021.

Students, young people, and teachers can now watch the recording from anywhere, at any time, and be inspired throughout 2021.

Get a sneak preview of what lies ahead for young women considering a career in the sciences.

Hear the advice, experiences and passion from our fantastic lineup of speakers and panellists: “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” …

The scientist’s world of inquiry, invention, and intervention offers us a wealth of important roles, from protecting threatened species from extinction to protecting our society from the next pandemic to shaping the future through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and of artificial intelligence and the way we work in an increasingly automated world.

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.

Viewers included secondary students and teachers streaming live into the classroom, to a range of interested participants at different stages in their careers.


  • Be inspired by speakers – Dr Muneera Bano, Associate Professor Misty Jenkins, and Dr Amy Coetsee, to explore the opportunities for careers in STEM.
  • Panel discussion – Listen to the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria’s Lead Scientist, and Victoria’s Chief Environmental Scientist.
  • Q & A – Conversation with Panellists and Speakers.

Thank you to our speakers and panel members. Speakers: Dr Muneera Bano, Associate Professor Misty Jenkins, Dr Amy Coetsee. Panellists: Dr Andrea Hinwood, Dr Amanda Caples.

View and share this recording with young Victorians and inspire the next generation of scientists.


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.


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Quick fact

Did you know that Victoria is one of only two jurisdictions in Australia (the other being the ACT) with an independent Commissioner charged with periodic State of the Environment reporting? Read about Victoria’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.


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