STEMM and International Women's Day address

On 8 March 2023, Prof Veena will speak at the Celebrating [STEMM] Women event at UNSW as part of International Women's Day 2023.

Veena will talk about her journey to leading the UNSW SMaRT Centre and a range of national research programs, her vision for a sustainable future, and the importance of creating a circular economy and how using waste as a resource must be at the centre of innovative decarbonisation efforts.

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Events hosts say:

Each year the 8th of March provides an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day has become a collaborative effort of people across the globe calling for action to accelerate women’s equality. 

This year, the UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future’.

Innovation is a driver of change and by embracing modern technologies and championing the unique skills and knowledge of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM), we can accelerate our progress towards a gender equal future.

Join health and science reporter (ABC), Tegan Taylor, as she sits down with three inspiring women who are making an impact in their field:

  • Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology at UNSW Sydney
  • Hannah Beder (B.Eng ’18), Learning Designer and Research Lead at Creatable
  • Scientia Professor Anushka Patel, Chief Executive Officer at The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW Sydney

Tune in as our guest speakers share their expertise and experiences, and how they have cracked the code throughout their STEMM journeys.


Please register to receive the link to the livestream. There will be no live Q&A but registrants are invited to submit questions ahead of the event to the guest speakers. There will be a short Q&A with all speakers at the end of the event.


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