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Indian-Australian biotechnologist appointed to prestigious STEM expert panel

Indian-Australian biotechnologist Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur has been appointed to the Australian Government's panel to improve diversity in STEM sectors. 

Dr Kaur is a renowned biotechnologist and University of Western Australia Public Policy Institute Fellow. She leads cross-disciplinary biotechnology research investigating Earth’s biodiversity and natural environments to ensure sustainable futures.  

Hailing from a small village in Nawanshahr, Punjab, Dr Kaur is one of three panellists appointed to the independent expert panel for the Pathway to Diversity in STEM Review

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be appointed as a panel member for Diversity in STEM, to serve alongside the amazing Sally-Ann Williams and Mikaela Jade working under the leadership of Minister Husic and his team,” Dr Kaur said.

“As a panel, we’re passionate about achieving real diversity in STEM education and careers which includes, but isn’t limited to, women, girls, non-binary people, our First Nations people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, migrants, people living with disabilities, young people, mature age people, regional and remote residents.

“Being a woman and immigrant navigating academia and industry I have deep lived experience of the biases and invisible hurdles that are out there which we all need to work on to not only increase participation in STEM but also retention.' 

Image: (from left to right) Members of the Diversity in STEM panel, Ms Mikaela jade, Ms Sally-Ann Williams and Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur with Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic. Source: UWA News

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