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10 December 2019

Institute news

The Institute is very proud to offer a five-year Alice Baker and Eleanor Shaw Gender Equity Fellowship for a senior female researcher.

This senior research appointment at the level of lab head aims to increase the number of senior female scientists at the Institute, and forms part of a range of initiatives to champion senior women in science.

The Alice Baker and Eleanor Shaw Gender Equity Fellowships have been a critical cornerstone of the Institute’s Gender Equity and Diversity Program for several years thanks to our long-time supporters, the Baker Foundation. The Institute is also pleased to contribute funds to be able to offer this unique five-year fellowship.

This fellowship is named in honour of two women who were instrumental in the establishment of the Baker Institute in Melbourne in 1926. Alice Baker and her sister, Eleanor Shaw were known for their philanthropic activity supporting the Baker Institute and other charities.

Baker Institute Director, Professor Tom Marwick said: “I think it is critical that we take steps to address barriers facing senior women in Australian science, and I am proud that the Institute can offer this unique Fellowship”.

In December 2018, the Baker Institute was recognised with a prestigious Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN Bronze award. The Bronze level, the first SAGE award to be made available in Australia, recognises the Institute’s commitment and actions to champion change around gender equity and diversity.

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