RUN Women in Science,
Technology and Engineering
in Regional Australia

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The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is delighted to share these inspiring stories[1] of women in science, technology and engineering who are studying, or have studied, at one of the network’s seven regionally-headquartered universities.

Inspired by the desire to help their communities and to teach others, and supported by their families and universities, the women’s contributions are at the cutting edge of research.

Their research includes: using micro-technology in sports science; improving the mental health of people working in aged care; protecting human and animal health; helping people with disability stay mobile; enticing young people to careers in agriculture; analysing the use of autonomous vehicles; developing stronger and lighter steel; searching for exoplanets; combating disease in plants and animals; investigating ocean pollution; and supporting the management of the Murray-Darling Basin.

The stories of these impressive women are just a few examples of the important and rewarding contributions that women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers are making in regional communities. However, women only make up around 16 per cent of the STEM workforce in Australia. We need more women to study and pursue careers in STEM for the nation’s prosperity.

RUN, a group of seven regionally-based Australian universities that include Charles Sturt University, CQUniversity, Federation University Australia, Southern Cross University, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast, has published these stories as part of our work to champion the Women in STEM Decadal Plan.

The plan, developed by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, with the support of the Australian Government, offers a vision and opportunities for organisations, like RUN, to lead the significant changes
needed to enable greater representation of women in STEM.

Our country needs more highly skilled, university-trained professionals to work in regional Australia. So, attracting more women and girls to STEM and providing an environment for them to thrive and progress is an important part of RUN’s work. It is also encouraging that seven out of ten of the network’s graduates go on to work in regional Australia, compared to the national average of two out of ten.


[1] Written by Guy Healy


Map of member universities

Map of member Universities


Charles Sturt University   CQUniversity   Federation University
Southern Cross University   University of New England   University  of Southern Queensland   University of the sunshine coast



RUN Women in Science, Technology and Engineering in Regional Australia