The Stem Equity Network

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Professor David Tscharke of ANU discusses how our current funding system is set up to benefit those in power, and how the hyper-competitive nature of science rewards those with resilience and confidence.

Show Notes

Professor David Tscharke is the Head of the Department Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Australian National University (ANU), studying the interactions between the immune system and viruses.  

In this brave and honest podcast we discuss the systemic bias that exists in the current funding structure in Australia, perpetuating men in leadership roles.  We tackle bullying tactics, humiliation and manipulation accepted as normal teaching practices, and handling inappropriate remarks at conferences.  We speak of building confidence and resilience in order to handle the competitive nature of science in Australia.  How both and woman need to push for independence, and during this time emerging leaders really can use a helping hand from external sponsors.  We explore how men deal with impostor syndrome by just driving ahead, expecting to fail at any stage.  We look at the serious lack of women in decision making or executive groups, and the lack of candidates in the pipeline.  And finally we discuss the hyper-competitive nature of funding in Australia driving all decisions, and how it mainly benefits those currently in leadership – so why should they change it?

What is The Stem Equity Network?

A series of interviews with STEM professionals and leaders, detailing their career highlights and outlining the steps needed to achieve leadership equity.