SPEAKER BIOS


Gina Rippon
Professor Gina Rippon is an international researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience based at the Aston Brain Centre at Aston University in Birmingham. Her research involves the use of state of the art brain imaging techniques, to investigate developmental disorders such as autism. She is a regular contributor to events such as the British Science Festival, New Scientist Live and the Sceptics in the Pub series. In 2015 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association for her contributions to the public communication of science. She is also an advocate for initiatives to help overcome the underrepresentation of women in STEAM subjects. As part of a European Union Gender Equality Network, she has addressed conferences all over the world. She belongs to WISE and ScienceGrrl, and is a member of Robert Peston’s Speakers4Schools programme and the Inspiring the Future initiative

Jo Dunkely
An internationally renowned academic, Jo Dunkley is Professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. She was part of the science team for NASA's WMAP space satellite, and now works on the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the Simons Observatory, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Maxwell Medal, the Fowler Prize for Astronomy, the Royal Society's Rosalind Franklin award and the Philip Leverhulme Prize.
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You don't need to be at the Sydney Opera House on 8 March to experience the main stage action of All About Women. We're excited to be streaming two headline sessions presented by our exclusive Satellite host, live from Sydney Opera House.
 
Designed to make you think and push your boundaries, All About Women is a vibrant festival that asks questions about gender, justice and equality.


11:00 -12:00 | The Gendered Brain 
Gina Rippon with host Natasha Mitchell

For centuries, science has been trying to prove that men's and women's brains are different. Cognitive researcher, Gina Rippon, smashes this persistent myth and reveals the politics and prejudice behind it.
 
In her groundbreaking book, The Gendered Brain, Professor Gina Rippon dismantles the idea that there are distinct differences in male and female brains. Unpacking the dubious historical science, like 18th Century experiments that saw empty skulls measured with birdseed, Rippon shows how early research fuelled the persistent myth that female biology is inferior. She presents cutting edge neuroscience to detail how our brains are highly plastic, individualised, adaptable and full of potential. What if our behaviour is linked not to gender, but to life itself, to all we do and experience?   


12:15-13:15 | The Forgotten Women of Astronomy
Jo Dunkley with host Rae Johnston

Taking a telescope to the night sky and a critical eye to our past, astrophysicist Jo Dunkley explores the universe while unearthing a line of stellar female astronomers who ran the risk of being consigned to the black hole of history.
 
Since ancient times, the cosmos has been an endless source of wonder and mystery. Astrophysicist Jo Dunkley knows all about stellar life cycles, black holes, cosmic evolution and the huge, unfolding history of the Universe. From the basics - like why the earth orbits the Sun - to astonishing facts about star catalogues and superclusters, this brilliant communicator will take us on a cosmic journey of scientific discovery.
 
Along the way, we will encounter some extraordinary, little-known women who defied the restrictions placed on them because of their gender, and whose pioneering research laid the foundations that Professor Dunkley has built on. Take this luminous guide to our astonishing galaxy, and meet the visionary women who have played a vital role in helping us better understand it.

Presented for International Women's Day and screened at Cowra Civic Centre Theatrette

TICKETS
All tickets $10

DATES/TIMES
Sunday 8 March at 11am 

BOOKINGS
Seats are strictly limited so booking in advance is highly recommended
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RUNNING TIME
2 hours 15 minutes

This event will be followed by a screening of the film Ride Like A Girl 
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