The demand for formal networking opportunities has emerged repeatedly over the years and has been recognised by many as critical to academic success. In particular, early-mid-career researchers and postdoctoral staff in STEMM spoke about the value of having a women-only network to make connections with colleagues in other departments, having a platform to make their voices heard and a source of support.
In response to this feedback, the Athena SWAN Committee developed an action item to establish "STEMM Women Academic Network" (SWAN) with the aim of facilitating network and mentoring opportunities within Monash University.
The STEMM Women Academic Network was launched on Friday 13 December 2019. Thank you to those who attended and to our speakers: Professor John Carroll (Director, Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Athena SWAN Committee Chair); Professor Maria Garcia de la Banda (STEMM Women Academic Network's Chair); Professor Rebekah Brown (Network's Executive Sponsor); Associate Professor Jane Tong (Co-founder of Women's Empowerment Network at Monash University Malaysia).