Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium

  • By Stella Martinez

In a tribute to the outstanding career of Dorothy Hill, a world-renowned palaeontologist, stratigrapher, the first female professor in an Australian university and the first female president of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the inaugural Dorothy Hill Women in Earth Sciences Symposium was hosted by the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the UQ Campus in November 2017.

The symposium brought together leading women in the Earth Sciences from the academe and industry, with early career researchers and students from across Australia and overseas.

The symposium networking sessions brought about the meeting of like-minded, proactive women who realised the need for an association that joins together Earth and Environmental Scientists from the academe, government and mining sectors. The group was named WOMEESA (Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Australasia) and was launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018.

The objectives of the group include: a) creation of a supportive network for women in Earth and Environmental Sciences in Australasia, especially those in early career stages and/or with family responsibilities, b) facilitating greater collaboration between academia, government and industry, c) raising awareness on gender equity issues and developing strategies to support indigenous Australasians, d) providing a platform for networking opportunities and e) promotion of Earth and Environmental Science research and activities through social network and the media.

To find out more about WOMEESA and its activities, visit

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