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Networking Breakfast - Perth, Australia

Activity by Kathryn Linge   |   added on Nov 19, 2010   |   Australia Official_iyc_logo


A Networking Breakfast as part of the International Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time Event

Join us as we celebrate the pivotal role of Marie Curie in Chemistry through a networking of women involved in chemistry around the world! Starting in Australia, the event will continue around the world as part of the launch of the International Year of Chemistry. Sister breakfast events have already been organised in Europe, Asia and South America. The Perth breakfast will link with events in neighbouring states and countries and welcomes all chemists (female and male) who would like to opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to Chemistry.

Where and when: ARRC on the Park Café, Australian Research Resources Centre, Kensington, 7.30 am to 9.30 am

Cost:  $15 for RACI members and students, $20 for non-members
The breakfast buffet will include hot items, pastries, cereal, fruit, tea, coffee & juice.

To register or for further information contact: Kathryn Linge (

Topic: networking, chemistry, celebrating chemistry Audience: students, professional chemists, women chemists, graduate students


Kathryn Linge | Jan 24, 2011 01:55PM

The Perth breakfast was attended by 52 chemists (including 3 men!) and was opened by WA Chief Scientist Professor Lyn Beazley. Professor Beazley gave a fantastic speech highlighting the significant contribution of women to chemistry and Western Australia, and also reflecting on the achievements of Marie Curie.  It was great to have this level of support from our State's Chief Scientist! During the breakfast, we linked by Skype to Brisbane, Taipei and Singapore, and also chatted to chemists around the world via Twitter. It was particularly great to link with Brisbane, as the Brisbane breakfast had been in some doubt because of the Queensland floods and had required a very last minute venue change. Perhaps the best aspect of the breakfast, however, was the opportunity to network with other women chemists in Perth and we were particularly pleased that a variety of sectors were well represented, including academia, education and teaching, industry and analytical laboratories, government, research organisations, and a number of postgraduate and undergraduate students. Thanks also goes to Del Corish and Evolve Scientific Recruitment, who provided prizes for the icebreaker raffle.

Feedback about the breakfast and the ‘Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time’ event has been extremely positive and there have been several requests to make the breakfast an annual event! We expect photos from the Perth breakfast to appear internationally in the Royal Society of Chemistry Newsletter, at future IUPAC conferences, on the UNESCO website, and possibly even featured the during the official launch of IYC on 27 January 2011 in Paris. Attendee Magdaline Lum, who is currently enrolled in a Master of Science Communication at UWA, has also written about her experience at the Perth breakfast on her blog:

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