The webinar aims to showcase Australian and Japanese policies and initiatives in Women in STEM by facilitating discussion between Australian and Japanese policymakers and researchers on the topic. It also aims to seek new opportunities for collaboration through discussion.


  • Free

Event date: 20Nov 2020

Friday 20 Nov 2020

Online virtual event

  • 14:00 to 15:30 (JST). 16:00 to 17:30 (AEDT)

Webcast login details will be emailed to registrants

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Speakers (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr Cathy Foley, Chief Scientist, CSIRO
  • Dr Yuko Harayama, Executive Director, RIKEN
  • Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador
  • Dr Miyoko Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency


14:00  Opening
            Welcome message from Ms Jan Adams AO, PSM, Australian Ambassador to Japan
14:10  Presentations and discussion
15:25  Closing remarks

Introducing the speakers:

  Dr Cathy Foley

Dr Cathy Foley, Chief Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Cathy Foley is Chief Scientist of CSIRO, Australia's national science agency and innovation catalyst. Dr Foley has made significant contributions to the understanding of superconducting materials and to the development of devices using superconductors to detect magnetic fields and locate valuable deposits of minerals. She has received many awards and honours for her work and her efforts to tackle gender equality in STEM. In 2020 Dr Foley received an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics, and was named a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

As a leader in CSIRO, she is working to enhance collaboration across the sector and turn more world-class research into benefits for the nation.

  Dr Yuko Harayama

Dr Yuko Harayama, Executive Director, RIKEN

Dr Yuko Harayama is an Executive Director at RIKEN charged of international affairs, promotion of young researchers and diversity. Prior to joining RIKEN, she spent five years at the Cabinet Office of Japan, as an Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), two years at the OECD as the Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI), and ten years at the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University as a professor of Science and Technology Policy. Dr Harayama holds a Ph.D. in Education Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics both from the University of Geneva.

  Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is the Australian Government's Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice at The University of New South Wales. Her role is to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies and careers in Australia by driving systemic and cultural change. As an astrophysicist, her research interests are in the birth and death of stars, cosmic magnetic fields and supermassive black holes. Professor Harvey-Smith serves on the Australian Space Agency's Advisory Group and previously led a team of 30 scientists and engineers at CSIRO developing the Square Kilometre Array – a next-generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history. She is author of the popular science books When Galaxies Collide, The Secret Life of Stars and Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime.

  Dr Miyoko Watanabe

Dr Miyoko Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency

Dr Miyoko O. Watanabe is Executive Director at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). She also serves as Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusiveness at JST. Dr Watanabe is a Member of Specialist Committee on Basic Plan in the Council for Gender Equality of the Cabinet Office of Japan, and was appointed STEM girls ambassador by Cabinet office in June 2018. She has a long experience of research in semiconductor physics at Toshiba R&D Center in Japan. She was also Vice President of the Science Council of Japan from 2017 to 2020.

The webinar is hosted by the Australian Embassy, Tokyo, in partnership with the CSIRO.

Australian Government

Science areas: General Science

Event type: Online