Women in Science Parkville Precinct (WiSPP) brings together five of Australia’s largest medical research institutes to boost the numbers of women in science leadership.

Our Vision

To advance research and translation by providing an environment that allows more women in science to lead and excel

Our Institutes


International Women’s Day 2019

Parkville Precinct is celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day with free events that showcase women in science. Walter and Eliza Hall institute will host “My Brilliant Career” on the eve of IWD, Thursday, 7th March. Peter Mac will host a symposium on Friday, 8th March.


In the News: Parkville Leaders Acknowledged on Australia Day


Three Parkville women have been awarded Australia Day 2019 Honours recognising their contributions to science and their inspirational achievements. This year saw a record 37.4% of women received an award.

Professor Kathryn North received the Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia for her work in genomic medicine and medical research. Kathryn is the Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Sharon Lewin received the Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for her research and education into infectious diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS. Sharon is the Director at the Peter Doherty Institute and Professor of Medicine at The University of Melbourne.

Professor Julie Bernhardt received the Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for her efforts in medical research and her advocacy for women in science. Julie is the Deputy Director and Co-Head of the Stroke Theme at the Florey Institute. She is also a founding member of WiSPP and a driver for change.


Celebrating Our Achievements

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One Year On…

We hear from Dr Lucy Sullivan and Dr Jess Nithianantharajah about how the 2017 Future Leaders Award impacted their career.


Planning for the Future

We believe diversity is essential for world class scientific discovery

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WiSPP Announces a Proposal for Growth at Victorian Parliament House

On 21 August, WiSPP celebrated the achievements of Victorian women in health and biomedical research, and discussed new strategies to achieve gender equity in this vital sector.