Strategies to address gender equity in astronomy research institutes

Thursday, 20 August, 2015 - 15:00

It has been long recognised that there is a strong gender disparity in
many professional fields, and astronomy is no exception. Only a third
of professional astronomers are women, and the fraction decreases
with increasing seniority. This proportion has not changed for the past
decade. I will explain why this is a problem for our profession and
community and why change is needed. I will suggest some approaches
that have been used by institutions around Australia to begin to
address the issue and the impact they are having, in order to
facilitate discussion and hopefully open up opportunities.