WiSPP has implemented a number of workshops, events, and programs that address gender equity at different levels of the system. 


  • Career Showcase - May

    Due to its popularity, WiSPP repeated our Career Showcase event for a second year. Six presenters with diverse careers in science shared their stories of how their navigated their career path.


Three awards were given to emerging or current leaders to help them achieve their leadership vision.

Our showcase event launched the series to celebrate the diversity of career pathways in science, as well as, foster career mobility between academia and other sectors. The showcase was followed by three workshops focused on the tools needed to empower scientists to be in the driver's seat of their careers.

A program that connects senior scientists with early to mid career women involving a combination of facilitated events and unstructured breakout sessions. The aim is to give participants opportunities for networking and skill development that will lead to a strong grant proposal.

On 21st August, WiSPP held an event at Victorian Parliament House to celebrate the achievements of Victorian women in health and biomedical research, and discuss new strategies to achieve gender equity in this vital sector. 

This program partnered a WiSPP institute mentor with teams from high schools in Gippsland to work on a project over 12 weeks.


  • Writing a Disruption Statement Workshop - December

    This workshop was held on December 13th, 2017 at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. It was open to all staff and PhD students of all genders to learn the do’s and don’ts of writing effective statements. An interactive Q&A session with a spectacular line up of experts helped with preparing an NHMRC fellowship or grant proposal and writing a career disruption statement.

  • Becoming an Online Influencer Workshop Series - October

    This was a series of three workshops held in October 2017. Michelle Gallaher from The Social Science conducted a two part workshop with 20 participants from across the precinct.  Participants built a deeper understanding of the power of social media and learnt skills, tools and techniques to position themselves as an influencer and opinion leader on social media. This small group workshop had the unique opportunity to work with social media guru Michelle Gallaher and their  peers to define and develop their own personal social media strategy and learnt how to invest their time and resources for the best results. A third Social Media Workshop was held on October 31st, 2017 focusing specifically on how maximize your use of social media platforms LinkedIn and Twitter for professional purposes.

  • Women who Code Workshop - August


This unique cross-sector mentoring program was launched in February 2016 and involved the pairing of 15 mentors at the Senior Management level from the National Australia Bank (NAB), with up and coming researchers or research support staff in the five WiSPP institutes.

  • NAB Leadership Development Day - August

Thirty WiSPP scientists and support staff participated in engaging and interactive sessions on growth mindset, coaching essentials, personal leadership and communication styles.

  • Women who Code Workshop - August

On the 18th of August WEHI hosted a Women who Code workshop which was presented in collaboration with Research Platform Services from The University of Melbourne and was designed to give a taste of tech tools and how they can transform researchers work. The workshop showcased seven platforms, on R, Matlab, Python, Spreadsheets, Social Media, 3D-slicer, LaTex and D3. The workshop attracted a high level of interest in the precinct and we are anticipating holding further workshops in the future.


  • Grant and Fellowship Workshop - December

In December 2015, Women in Science Parkville Precinct (WiSPP) hosted a grant and fellowship workshop to provide attendees with strategies to write a strong track record section. Guest speaker, Dr Saraid Billiards, Director of Project Grants at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), said it was essential to use plain English, be consistent with terms, references and writing style, and identify weak links in the application.

For more tips from Dr Billiards, as well as other guest speakers Professor Mary Wlodek, Associate Dean of Research at the University of Melbourne; Professor Katie Allen, Theme Director Population Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute; Professor Ricky Johnstone, Associate Director Peter Mac Laboratory Research; and Professor Vicki Anderson, Theme Director Clinical Services,  ResearchChildren's Research Institute listen to our Vodcast from December 2015.

  • Career Disruption Workshop - February

WiSPP held a workshop on writing Career Disruption Statements on 9th February 2015 at the Doherty Institute. Professor Margaret Sheil, former CEO of the ARC and Dr Saraid Billiards, from the NHMRC addressed the group and a lively panel discussion followed. To learn more please download the post workshop statement.