Hosted by the SAGE/Athena SWAN ACT Regional Network

SAGE: Science in Australia Gender Equity 

The SAGE/Athena SWAN ACT Regional Network are proud to announce that we will be hosting UK Athena SWAN Gold leader Professor Tom Welton, Dean of Natural Sciences from Imperial College London. This program is open to all SAGE ACT Regional Network members and others by invitation.

In his "Going for Gold" presentation, Professor Welton will discuss the work done in Imperial College's Chemistry Department on valuing diversity and enabling all of the department's members to reach their full potential, regardless of who they are. He will ask the audience to be actively involved in the discussion, to bring their own experiences and ideas, and to steer the conversation into the areas that are most important to them.

"Going for Gold" will be followed by a Q&A panel session with Professor Welton alongside senior representatives from the ACT Regional SAGE Network.


  • Free

Event date: 20Jan 2017

Friday 20 Jan 2017

Discovery Lecture Theatre

  • 9.45am - 3.45pm

CSIRO Black Mountain, Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT

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About your host

  Professor Tim Welton

Professor Tom Welton, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London and the world's first Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, began his academic career with a B.Sc. at the University of Sussex followed by a D.Phil., in the Chemistry and Spectroscopy of Ionic Liquids.

After research positions at the University of Sussex and the University of Exeter he joined the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London in 1993 as a Lloyd's of London Tercentenary Fellow. In 2002 he was awarded a Readership in Catalysis and undertook the role of Director of Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry. In 2004 he was promoted to Professor in Sustainable Chemistry.

Tom was Head of the Chemistry Department from August 2007 to December 2014, during which time the Department achieved an Athena Swan Gold Award. He became Dean of the Faculty in January 2015.

Tom uses solvents to improve chemical processes. He has worked with ionic liquids throughout his career, in order to develop sustainable solvent technologies. The central academic aim of his research is to understand the role that the immediate chemical environments in which reacting species find themselves influence the reaction process. He also aims to use this understanding to provide more effective chemical processes by the matching of the reaction with its optimum solvent environment.

Tom is the author of over 100 papers, primarily on the structures and chemistry of ionic liquids and their solutes. He was the 2007 RSC Christopher Ingold Lecturer, the 2012 RSC Thomas Graham Lecturer, and the 2011 DFG Paul Walden Lecturer.


Parking is available on site, but there are still extensive site works which means continual changes to parking areas and access. For this event you can gain access to staff-only carparks by buzzing the intercom at any of the car-park boom-gates on site and stating your name and the SAGE event you’re attending. See the CSIRO Black Mountain site map, but once again, allow a few minutes longer to find a suitable spot. Entry / exit to the site via Julius Road (roundabout) entry off Clunies Ross Street (gate house). Staff-carparks are on located at the end of Hill Street as well as on South Road.

We hope you can take this opportunity to join us on the 20th January 2017!

Kind regards,
The SAGE/Athena SWAN ACT Regional Network

For more information, please contact:

Dr Megan Osmond
SAGE Project Manager
02 9490 5035


Time Activity
9.45-10.15am Morning tea available outside Discovery Lecture Theatre
10.15-11.15am Presentation: “Going for Gold: Just the beginning”
11.15-12.00pm Q&A Panel Session
12.00-1.00pm Lunch
1.00-1.45pm Hot Topic Discussion: “To target (and where) or not to target?”
1.45-2.30pm Hot Topic Discussion: “How do we surface unconscious bias and create a will to change?”
2.30-3.15pm Hot Topic Discussion: “Why the male voice is important”
3.15-3.45pm Next steps...

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Event type: Conference or seminar