International Women's Day Symposium

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day at the UQ International Women’s Day Symposium on Tuesday 5 March.

International Women’s Day is celebrated internationally on 8 March each year and focuses on celebrating women’s rights and progressing gender equality. This year’s theme, “Balance for Better”, focuses on engaging everyone to build a gender-balanced world where people of all genders have equal rights and freedom.

The symposium will open with a presentation from Catherine Fox, one of Australia’s leading commentators on women and the workforce and author of Stop Fixing Women. Following this, you will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A session with some of UQ’s diverse women, about “Balance for Better” and intersectionality. The event will conclude with a networking lunch. 

Details of the Symposium are confirmed below:

Date: Tuesday 5 March 2019

Time: 10-12.15pm

Venue: Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute (79), UQ St Lucia

RSVPs are essential. Please register your attendance using the online form by 26 February 2019. Staff of all genders are invited to attend. As seats are limited, this event will be live streamed online. For access to the live stream, please use this Zoom link.

In celebrating International Women’s Day, UQ aims to show its commitment to creating an environment where all staff feel valued and empowered to grow, and show recognition of the strength that diversity and inclusion bring to the University.

Meet the speakers

Catherine Fox headshotCatherine Fox

Catherine Fox is a leading commentator on women and the workforce, an award-winning journalist, author and regular presenter to audiences around Australia. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the Corporate Woman column; and she has published five books, including "Stop Fixing Women” which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her most recent book “Women Kind” (with co-author Kirstin Ferguson) examines how female solidarity and support is rebooting the global women’s movement. Catherine helped establish the annual Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012 and was named a Woman of Influence in 2018; she was a member of the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board, sits on the Australian Women Donors Network board, and is co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.


Julie Cogin headshotProfessor Julie Cogin

Julie Cogin is the Dean and Head of UQ Business School, University of Queensland, a role she took up in January 2018. Presently she is the only female Dean of a Go8 Business School in Australia.

Julie currently serves as a non-executive director on the board of an ASX listed company G8 and previously was a Director on UNSW Hong Kong Limited’s board.

Prior to joining the University of Queensland Julie was the Deputy Dean of UNSW Business School and the Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) from May 2014 – January 2018. Preceding this, she held multiple senior academic roles at the University of New South Wales. In 2012 Julie was awarded UNSW highest leadership award.

Julie is a recognised thought leader in high performing workplaces and corporate culture, having authored three books and published more than 50 academic articles, including those published in the world’s top journals. In June 2015, Julie was included as one of 15 trail blazing UNSW female scholars:

Julie has received numerous teaching awards, including a national citation in Australia for contributions to education and a Vice-Chancellor teaching excellence award. She was also ranked by the London Financial Times as the 6th best teacher in Global MBA programs (outranking Faculty from Harvard, Wharton and Stanford).

Julie has over 25 years’ experience leading consulting engagements for many leading companies throughout Australia, Asia and in the USA including Australia’s top four banks and Hong Leong Bank in Asia, several large insurance companies, Qantas, GE, News Corp, Boral, Deutsche Post DHL, PWC, KPMG and Optus. She has been engaged as an expert witness on several occasions and presented evidence in one of the largest class actions in Australian history that was resolved in the High Court.

Julie is a regular commentator on Business television programs, and is frequently interviewed on the radio and quoted in the press.

Julie is actively involved in Athena Swan programs internationally which seek to advance the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

In 2016 Julie was named as one of Australia’s women of influence by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac.

Meet the panel

Bronwyn Fredericks headshotProfessor Bronwyn Fredericks

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and responsible for leading the implementation of the Indigenous strategy, Indigenous Engagement and the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) within the University and with Indigenous communities.

Prior to joining UQ, Bronwyn was Professor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at CQUniversity (CQU). She was also the Chairperson of CQUniversity’s Academic Board and the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance Chair in Indigenous Engagement.

Prof Fredericks is a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and a member of the Beyond Blue National Research Advisory Committee. She was research lead in the health node of the Australian Research Council-funded National Indigenous Researchers and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). She has over 30 years of experience working in and with the tertiary sector, State and Federal Governments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based organisations.

Bronwyn holds a DipT (Sec), B.Educ, M.Educ, PhD, J.P. (qual), along with several VET qualifications. She has been a recipient of numerous research awards and fellowships, including both NHMRC and Endeavour awards and has published over 300 articles, chapters and reports.

In 2016, Professor Fredericks was appointed as a Commissioner with the Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) (one of only two appointments) to lead the Inquiry into service delivery in Queensland’s remote and discrete Indigenous communities. In 2019, she was again appointed as a Commissioner to work on the QPC’s Inquiry into Imprisonment and Recidivism in Queensland. 

Neena Mitter headshotProfessor Neena Mitter

Professor Neena Mitter, Director, Centre for Horticultural Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, the University of Queensland has been  involved in molecular biology and biotechnology in Australia and India for over 20 years. Her scientific journey began as an agricultural scientist in India, where she learned first-hand the significance of agriculture in shaping the world, economically, socially, environmentally and politically.  Her innovations creating change by research at UQ, namely 'BioClay for crop protection''Nanovaccines for animal health', and "Clonal propagation of avocado using plant stem cells" are ground breaking platform technologies impacting agricultural production, environmental sustainability and socio-economic dynamics of farming community. She is at the forefront of increasing UQ’s international presence, to support global collaborations in priority geographies, particularly India. With increased scrutiny on use of chemicals as crop and animal disease control agents; she is focused on developing clean technologies for the horticulture of tomorrow.

The recognition received by Prof Mitter, including Young Scientist Award from the Prime Minister of India, Queensland International Fellowship, Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Award, Women in QAAFI Award, and more recently ‘Women in Technology Outstanding Life Sciences Award’ are testament to her achievements, leadership, and passion to enrich the UQ community. She is actively contributing into UQs vision of diversity and inclusion and is also the Deputy Council member of the Leadership and Diversity Council (

Amanda Acutt biographyDr Amanda Acutt

Amanda graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours in Criminology in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts/Laws in 2011. She was awarded a PhD in Criminology from UQ in June last year. Amanda recently completed a graduate placement at Vision Australia, where she was involved in a range of Vision Australia’s systemic advocacy activities concerning education, employment, independence and social inclusion for people who are blind or have low vision. To kickststt her career in the public sector, Amanda undertook work experience at the Public Service Commission, working with the Workforce Futures and Inclusion Team on the Disability Confidence Project. Following that, she gained employment at the Dpartment of the Premier and Cabinet as a policy support officer in the Criminal Justice System Reform Program Management Office. Currently, Amanda holds a position o the 2019 Policy Futures Graduate Program, working at the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. 

Tarriaki Duncan headshotMs Tarriaki Duncan

Tarriaki Duncan is a proud Aboriginal Sistergirl with family ties to the Western Bidjara and Southern Kamilaroi tribes. Tarriaki works in the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion team at The University of Queensland. Tarriaki works to create an inclusive environment for the UQ Community, where she supports Diversity and Inclusion programs and initiatives across the organisation.

Tarriaki is also the Sistergirl Representative on the Brisbane Gar'ban'dje'lum Network Committee, which is an independent social network for the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Sistergirl and Brotherboy Community (GLBTISB), which aims to provide a safe space of belonging for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander GLBTSB that is peer-based and culturally supportive. The name gar’ban’djee’lum was given to the network by elders from the Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi people meaning ‘Us Mob’. 

Tarriaki is also completing her Bachelor of Arts at UQ, majoring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Public Policy. Tarriaki is passionate about the intersectionality of the LGBTIQASB+ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and hopes to advance policies and practices for better inclusivity of the LGBTIQASB+ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Tarriaki finds power in the art of story-telling and enjoys sharing her story as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sistergirl to empower others and create change. 

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