There’s been a good response to the call for nominations to the 2020 Queensland Women in Technology (WiT) Awards despite the disruptions of COVID-19.
For the first time, a regional award has been introduced to recognise and encourage women who are using science and technology to advance regional industries and communities.
The WiT Awards have grown dramatically since Women in Technology was founded 23 years ago and are now one of the biggest showcases in Australia for women from all scientific and technical disciplines.
There are 14 categories this year celebrating women who are making an outstanding contribution in government, corporate, small business and community sectors as well as, leading employers modelling best practice in gender equity and inclusion.
The awards program includes two new innovation categories to shine the spotlight on Queensland women who are leaders in supporting scientific innovation and the development and application of new technologies.
Women in Technology (WiT) President Dr Claudia Giurgiuman said the awards were an important opportunity to celebrate the powerful contribution women were making to the State.
“With the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, harnessing our female talent and skill has never been more crucial so this year, more than ever, the awards show must go on!” Dr Giurgiuman said.
“There are many women doing amazing work in Queensland and these awards are about giving them the recognition they deserve, building support for their work, and inspiring the next generation of leaders by showing what is possible.
“Australia is screaming out for science and technology skills yet only 27% of our total STEM workforce is female.
“Research shows that upskilling just 1% of our national workforce into STEM roles would add $57 billion to Australia’s gross domestic product over 20 years.
“The WiT awards are an important opportunity to come together and celebrate the success of our members and the other women in our community.
“COVID-19 has presented personal challenges for everyone as we have adjusted to social distancing, working from home and home schooling. Many women are the primary carer for their families and working from home has been particularly challenging for them.”
The WiT awards, which attracted more than 300 nominations and 700 guests last year, will be announced in a new ‘virtual’ format on 9 October 2020. Planning is well underway for an online cabaret with a difference.
Prospects can enter themselves or nominate other women. Nominations close on 1 August 2020. Online applications need to be complete by 16 August.
To find out more about the categories and selection criteria go to the awards website at www.witawards.org.au.