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Women in Science

Kia ora and welcome!


We are proud of the many women who are part of our faculty, as students, academics, technicians, professional and administrative staff. These pages are about and for us! We take an inclusive approach to the question of gendered identity – based on self-identification – recognising that gender is not a binary. And we recognise our identities and experiences are intersectional.

So, why focus on our women? Because the long history of sexism in society – of different opportunities for girls and women – is unfortunately echoed in science in many ways.

We showcase the truly diverse ways women participate in our faculty, with twin aims:

  • To demonstrate belonging. Girls and women belong in science, and science is made better by our participation. But stereotypes can often work against a sense of belonging. We seek to highlight and show the very diverse ways we contribute, by telling our stories, as well as showcasing our successes.
  • To change those stereotypes and thereby support our long-term goal of full participation of all genders in all aspects of science study and scholarship. We believe everyone who wants to do science should feel and be welcome, with equal opportunity to participate and flourish.

Leadership towards gender equity is provided formally by the Associate Dean Equity, working alongside many others who care passionately about the issue, and supported by our Gender Equity Platform.

Enjoy reading some stories about what's going on, and get in touch if you want to find out more.

Connect with us

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Connect with someone in your discipline

If you'd like to connect with someone in your discipline, other women in the faculty, or even beyond, check out our list of departmental contacts.



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Women in Science Network (WISN)

The Women in Science Network aims to:

  • Encourage networking and connection between the women in the Faculty of Science
  • Support women in developing skills to benefit both their careers and personal lives
  • Provide a platform to discuss issues and share information relating to women and science
  • Improve representation of women in the sciences
  • Engage girls and younger women in the sciences

We take an inclusive approach to the question of gendered identity, based on self-identification. 

Meet our coordinators and find out how you can stay in touch with the network.


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Undergraduate Women in Science Network (UWISN)

The Undergraduate Women in Science Network aims to increase awareness of issues surrounding gender diversity in Science, as well as to provide a network to support undergraduates pursuing Science. Email the UWISN or connect with the UWISN via their Facebook page.  

We take an inclusive approach to the question of gendered identity – based on gendered self-identification.



Our stories


The women in the Faculty of Science are many, and we're diverse. We love what we do, and we love to tell people about it. Read some of our stories.




Our successes

Professor Deborah Hay

The Faculty of Science is incredibly proud of the success of our women scientists. Read all about some of their recent acheivements.




Our departments and schools

Women in maths

Read about the women in the Faculty of Science's departments and schools.



Resources and links

Student in Library

If you'd like to find out more, please check out our resources page.

We have some women in science/equity-oriented links, both within the University of Auckland and externally. We’re building up this page, so please send suggestions for sites or stories you think would be relevant to Professor Virginia Braun.