Diversity and Equity Group in Australian Physics (DEGAP)

Our vision is to enhance Australia’s capacity in physics by supporting the increased engagement of women in physics.

The mission of the Women in Physics (WIP) group is to support women in physics, to advocate on their behalf, and to work towards removing impediments to their career advancement through cultural change within the discipline and via the advancement of policies.

SUPPORT: WIP members act as a point of contact and as a confidential source of advice and mentoring for female physicists who have questions or concerns about career paths, about work/life balance, and about inequitable, inappropriate or uncomfortable situations that occur while studying or working.

ADVOCATE: WIP makes representations on behalf of female physicists to academia, industry, and government, and works with these bodies to develop and identify opportunities for women in physics.

CHANGE: WIP proactively identifies cultural issues that discriminate against women in the physics workplace. WIP instigates programmes which educate the physics community about gender equity issues, and which attempt to remove barriers to career advancement, and which aim to eliminate structural impediments that may restrict the ability of women to fully contribute to and/or engage in physics.

The current Women in Physics Committee:

Chair: Victoria Coleman (NSW)
Past Chair:Pegah Maasoumi (VIC)
Helen Maynard-Casely (NSW)
Secretary: Joe Hope (ACT)
National WIP lecture co-ordinator: Jo Turner (QLD)
Data/Stats officer: Maria Parappilly (SA)

Sarah Maddison (VIC)
Jodie Bradby (ACT)
Solmaz Saboohi (SA)
Sophie Hollitt (SA)
Olivia Samardzic (SA)
Kirrily Rule (NSW)
Cathy Foley (NSW)
Sarah Kaiser (NSW)
Jacquiline Romero (QLD)

Please follow the links below for information on:

  • AIP Women in Physics Lecturer – promotes women in physics by having a woman of research excellence give lectures to high schools and universities around Australia.
  • Our blog – keeping you up-to-date with Women in Physics – Australia