Women in Science Appeal

We urgently need your help so young women scientists can reach their fullest potential and achieve life-saving medical breakthroughs.

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Your support will help talented female scientists become future leaders. Please donate today


“Sometimes I feel disheartened about my future career prospects because of the challenging funding situation in Australia and biases against women scientists. I’ll keep going as long as I can because I love what I do. But if I feel I can’t reach my potential, I may have to do something else.”Dr Sarah Charnaud, malaria researcher at Burnet Institute.

Sarah is an example of the promising scientists that make Burnet special – talented, dedicated and driven by a strong sense of purpose. She joined us 10 years ago believing in our mission of achieving better health for vulnerable communities around the world. We believe Sarah has great potential to become a leader in her field.

But science is in danger of losing this amazing talent pool of young women. The sector currently experiences a huge gender pay gap and can often stifle career advancement for women.

Alarmingly, around 50 per cent of female scientists are planning to abandon their careers over the next decade.

The implications of this are huge. Every time we lose a scientist, we potentially lose a cure for cancer, HIV or malaria.

We owe it to our future generations to create a world free from suffering caused by devastating diseases. With more women scientists taking part as leaders in their fields, we can close the gender gap and foster the brightest scientific minds to create a healthier world.

Will you help by donating to the Women in Science Appeal?

Your gift today will help us attract and retain talented women scientists so they can help solve some of the world’s most devastating health problems.

“I need your help to establish a special fund of $200,000 so Burnet can help attract and retain the best and brightest female minds. Please donate today – I am counting on your support.”

– Professor Brendan Crabb AC


Donate Now

Your support will help talented female scientists become future leaders. Please donate today