Across scientific fields of research, there is extensive evidence that women are under-represented, which means we are missing potential talent and innovation, and opportunities for science careers is inequitable. There is a need to extend the diversity of our society by supporting researchers from different ethnic, cultural, religious, geographical and socioeconomic backgrounds, researchers who may be disadvantaged due to sexuality or disability, and those who need support for other reasons.

We aim to achieve the following goals:

1. Gender balance in ANS committee and conference positions that reflects the ANS membership

2. Increased opportunities for caregivers to engage with ANS

3. Increased awareness in our membership of the obstacles to gender equity, and the importance of addressing these obstacles

4. Increased awareness in our membership of strategies to address gender inequity in science

5. Initiatives to support conference attendance by researchers from underrepresented areas in our region

6. Be an influence for positive change in academic institutions, funding bodies and society more broadly

Term of Reference

Equity & Diversity Policy


Other Resources on Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Competence:

NHMRC Gender Equity Strategy 2022-2025:

ARC Diversity and Inclusion Framework:

SFN - Neuroline Diversity Resources:

Black in Neuro:

Stories of WIN:

Lowitja Institute - Supporting Indigenous Researchers:

USYD free cultural competency training Massive Online Open Courses:

Centre for Cultural Competence Australia (CCCA) training courses: 

Queer in STEMM:

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Standard for Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables:


 Gender Equity & Diversity Committee


Lyndsey Collins-Praino

University of Adelaide


Lindsey Collins

 Gila Moalem-Taylor

University of New South Wales

Acting Chair

Gila Moalem Taylor


Johanna Montgomery

Deputy Chair

University of Auckland







Ethan Scott

University of Queensland






Lizzie Manning

University of Newcastle




Michelle Rank
University of Melbourne


Athena SWAN program for gender equity for Women in Science

Please see below a link to a small study of the impact of the Athena SWAN program for gender equity for Women in Science, the principles of which have been adopted by ANS.

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