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Webinar: International Day of Women and Girls in Science – Passion, dedication, achievements and data
Location: Via Zoom Link (registration required)
Date: Wednesday 16th February 2022
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm AEDT (2:00pm-3:00pm NZDT)
Accessibility: Closed Captions will be available through Zoom
Cost: Free

This webinar aims to highlight recent achievements in scientific data and the passionate women that are making waves in the Science Community.

Emma Rath from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is going to speak about her achievements in processing large genomic DNA data to study disease causing mutations and what led her down this career path; while our second speaker Dr. Vanessa Pirotta will talk about how her passion for research has improved wildlife conservation and tackled wildlife trafficking while allowing her to travel the world. 

Inspiring and engaging women and girls in science is a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and we’re thrilled to help in the journey.

We encourage anyone who is interested in hearing some inspiring data stories to join.




Sylvia Howes – Host, Data4Good

Speaker 1

Speaker 1

Emma Rath –​ “An eye-opening moment about career opportunities for women led Emma down a career path that she could match with her passion to discover cures for illnesses. Emma will share the motivating evolution of her work, research and study.”

Speaker 2

Speaker 2

Dr. Vanessa Pirotta“Studying whale snot and tackling wildlife trafficking are just some of Vanessa’s fascinating career highlights. She will share some of her marine and land based research. Having travelled the world for animal conservation and as a passionate science communicator, she is keen to encourage others to explore the wonders of STEAM.”



A chance for the audience to ask questions

Speaker Bios

Emma Rath B.Sc. (Com. Sci), MBA, MPhil, PhD
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Emma received a degree in Computing Science from UTS. After working in Sydney, she lived and worked for many years in Canada where her IT qualifications were well appreciated, gaining experience in the entire software development life cycle of project management, requirements gathering, analysis, design, development, Quality Assurance (QA) testing, production support, and training users. Later on, she went back to uni, earning Masters and a Doctorate from Sydney Uni in bioinformatics and computational and structural biology, including making, characterising, and testing a potential anti-cancer compound in the lab. Since then she has been working for research institutes (Garvan and Victor Chang), processing large genomic DNA data to track down the mutations and differences causing diseases.


Dr. Vanessa Pirotta
Chief Data Scientist | Superstar of STEM | AFR 100 Women of Influence
Wildlife Program – Rapiscan Systems/Macquarie University

Vanessa is a wildlife scientist, science communicator and woman in STEM who’s research uses innovative technologies for wildlife conservation. Vanessa has a keen interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, also known as STEAM and her zoological background has taken her around the world for wildlife research. Currently, Vanessa is a chief investigator on a major wildlife trafficking detection project with Rapiscan Systems, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Some of her career highlights include representing Australia in FameLab, speaking at the UN Food & Agricultural Organisation in Rome and being recognised as one of the top 100 Women of Influence in the Australian Financial Review.

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