4 Jan 2015

Women in science - The Wireless

From The Weekend , 8:13 am on 4 January 2015

Women in science
Drs Michelle Dickinson and Siouxsie Wiles in the studio.

The place of women in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – has received a lot of media coverage in the past couple of years.

A 2011 report by the New Zealand Association of Women in the Sciences found that women with a BSc or PhD earned $30,000 less on average than men with the same qualification level. Women were also under-represented at higher levels of University employment, in funding allocation, and were awarded fewer the top prizes in New Zealand science.

Megan Whelan spoke to engineer Dr Michelle Dickinson; microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles and chemist Dr Nicola Gaston; and computer science student Hayley van Waas.