The Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society, recognising that there is a significant lack of gender diversity in fluid mechanics, formed the Subcommittee in Women in Fluid Mechanics (WiFM) in late 2017. The purpose of this subcommittee is to promote and support female researchers in fluid mechanics in Australasia.
Since its formation, the WiFM has focused on establishing gender equity policies in the AFMC Hosting guidelines. Policy amendments proposed by the WiFM and endorsed by the AFMS include:
- Gender equity for keynote speakers and conference scientific committee. The implemented policy follows the 40-40-20 approach (40% female, 40% male, 20% other including non-binary).
- Inclusion of one gender equity event at the biannual AFMS Conference.
- “Return to Work” Scholarships to support attendance at the biannual AFMS conference for AFMS members returning to work in field of fluid mechanics after an extended leave period.
- Provision of AFMS subsidised childcare at the conference to allow for parents of young children to attend and participate.
The 21st AFMC in Adelaide was the first AFMC to provide subsidised childcare to delegates and saw the inaugural WiFM event, a panel discussion titled “Fixing the Pipeline: Addressing gender equity in fluid mechanics”.
In 2020, the subcommittee aims to expand its membership, and focus on a number of areas including:
- Job application mentoring for female ECRs
- Network building
- Travel scholarships
The subcommittee is presently chaired by Dr. Bianca Capra (UNSW Canberra), with Prof. Jim Denier (Macquarie U), Dr. Emilie Sauret (QUT), Danielle Moreau (UNSW), Daniel Edgington-Mitchell (Monash U), Nicole Jones (UWA) and Dr. Maryam Abdolahpour (UWA) as members.
AFMS WiFM mailing list
The WiFM subcommittee is always looking to increase its outreach to effectively communicate with the AFMS members. If you are interested in the initiatives and activities of the WiFM subcommittee please subscribe to the WiFM mailing list using the following form:
The WiFM subcommittee is always looking forward to hearing from its members for suggestions and feedback on its activities. You can approach the subcommittee with your suggestions and queries at afms.admin [at] gmail.com.