A researcher from The Australian National University (ANU) has taken on the role of president of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP).
Professor Jodie Bradby is just the second woman to hold the position, after being nominated by her colleagues. She will spend two years in the top job.
Bradb said she was keen to use her stint as president to challenge some of the stereotypes around what a typical physicist looks like.
“I’m taking the role quite seriously. I feel humbled and privilege to be asked to do it,” Bradby said.
“A real passion of mine is making sure women consider STEM and particularly physics as an interesting career option, and if they have an interest they’re not put off when they enter high school or university.”
Bradby said she believes simply getting out there and being seen can make a big difference.
“Even now when I look around me and look up, if I don’t see other women in those positions it’s hard to picture yourself there.”
Bradby said she was also eager to set an example for her peers, and that she hopes that by taking the role she’ll encourage others to make the most of leadership opportunities.
“I really appreciate the faith put in me by my colleagues,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to travelling around and meeting other physicists – both in Australia and overseas.”