Women in Science Network

An informal group for women in science to meet and provide places of discussion, support and connection.

The Women in Science Network is both an informal collection of women who meet on an ad-hoc basis, and a means to organise regular events designed for women in science, to provide places of discussion, support and connection. We take an inclusive orientation to the question of gendered identity, based on gendered-self-identification.

We send out notifications of events and other activites of interest to the Women in Science Network email list. Please contact Bizza Zainab at b.zainab@auckland.ac.nz if you would like to be added to our list.

Our coordinators

Kate Hannah

"I'm a cultural historian who looks at the cultures and subcultures of science. My theoretical approaches are informed by feminist and postcolonial thinkers, and I use aspects of postmodernism and Marxist theory to understand the cultural history of science.

"I am particularly interested in women in science history, along with contemporary issues of equity, access and inclusion in science and academia more broadly. Presently, I'm working on developing mixed methods approaches for the application of complex systems to historical data, particularly looking at 19th and 20th century history of science in New Zealand.

"I love the opportunities for deep thinking and development of ideas that comes about as a humanities person working in a science faculty – and the cross-pollination that happens when so many different disciplinary approaches combine. I’m also a big fan of books, lipstick, babies, cats, flowers and food.

"The Women in Science network provides a hugely important connection for women working in the sciences to come together to share experiences, compare notes, laugh, talk and eat. Being a woman in science can be lonely or difficult at times – and the network is an essential part of mitigating against those effects, and reminding us all that we’re in this together."

Kate Hannah
Te Pūnaha Matatini
Phone: +64 9 923 8716
Email: k.hannah@auckland.ac.nz

Associate Professor Claire Postlethwaite

"I'm an associate professor of Applied Mathematics. My job is a mixture of research, teaching and service. My research uses mathematics to answer questions in a range of applications: from animal navigation to cognitive neuroscience and fluid dynamics.

"I've always found mathematics fascinating. Although I really enjoyed the puzzles and abstract ideas that come with some areas of pure mathematics, I think my general interest in science is part of what has made me an applied, rather than a pure mathematician.

"The Women in Science Network is a great way to meet, socialise and network with other women from around the faculty. I’m particularly excited about forging connections between more established academics and younger women, including post-docs, PhD students and undergraduates."

Associate Professor Claire Postlethwaite
Department of Mathematics
Phone: +64 9 923 8817
Email: c.postlethwaite@auckland.ac.nz