International Women’s Day 2019

The Parkville Precinct hosted a number of events to celebrate International Women’s Day.


Peter maccallum cancer institute

Date: Friday, 8th March

Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm

Venue: Level 7, Lecture Theatre B/ Concurrent parent and children friendly session in Theatre A).

This event is aimed at showcasing outstanding research by women scientists at Peter Mac and across Victoria. The event will facilitate discussion on how we can break down barriers to better enable women to excel in their independent research careers. The keystone of our IWD event will be announcing the 2019 Lea Medal winner. The Lea Medal is awarded to the most outstanding emerging female research leader at Peter Mac.

Special Guest Speakers

Maxine Morand Chair: Peter Mac’s Board of Directors
Louise Davidson Director: Peter Mac’s Board of Directors

Registration and program details will be announced soon!

For further information please contact Elaine Sanij, Research Gender Equity Committee on

My BRILLIANT Career - The University of Melbourne

Date: Thursday 7 March

Time: Panel discussion from 6.30pm – 7.30pm; Refreshments from 7.30pm – 8.30pm 

Venue: Arts West Forum Theatre, University of Melbourne, Building 148, Medical Road, Royal Parade, Parkville Victoria 3052

Questions: email:; phone: (03) 8344 9800 

On the eve of IWD 2019 hear from our panel of female leaders in biomedicine.

Learn from their journey, advice and lessons.

Advancement of women in medical research remains a challenge. But opportunities to explore the complexities of human health, continued research momentum and access funding are reaching new frontiers for women in science.

Want to know how?

The School of Biomedical Sciences has assembled a panel of highly accomplished and diverse female leaders who will:

  • Share their journey in biomedicine,

  • Provide advice to younger generations interested in professional healthcare and

  • Discuss the lessons that have enabled them to be successful.

Hear from – and meet – these inspirational women in biomedicine:

  • Professor Fabienne Mackay, host
    Head of School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

  • Associate Professor Megan Munsie, moderator
    Deputy Director of Centre for Stem Cell Systems, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne

  • Dr Andrea Douglas
    Senior Vice President, Organisation Transformation and External Affairs, CSL Limited and Director of AusBiotech and Baker Heart and Diabetes

  • Professor Kathryn North AC

    Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Health Research, University of Melbourne 

  • Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO
    Paediatric neurologist and Professor at the University of Melbourne, Austin Health and The Royal Children’s Hospital 

  • Professor Kanta Subbarao
    Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza and Professor at the School of Biomedical Sciences and Peter Doherty Institute