Research centre celebrates female majority for International Women’s Day

7 Mar 2012

Science might traditionally be a male domain, but the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre. (CNRC), at The University of Queensland’s School of Medicine is bucking the trend, with females accounting for more than 93 per cent of staff and students.

Out of the centre’s 30 staff and students, only two are male, including its Director, and a PhD student.

Centre Director, Professor Peter Davies, said the CNRC would be celebrating its female majority for International Women’s Day, in spite of female dominance at the centre being completely accidental.

“It’s heartening to see that more and more women are pursuing a career in science,” Professor Davies said.

“Like most employers, the CNRC has tried to attract the best and brightest, but in our case, it has worked out that female staff and students have often been the best candidates for the job at hand.

“International Women’s Day is all about celebrating the achievements of women.

“As we celebrate our achievements in child nutrition research, it is impossible not to celebrate the fact that many of these achievements have been made by some of our state’s finest female scientists.”

The Children’s Nutrition Research Centre is based at The University of Queensland’s Herston campus, and undertakes world class research into children’s nutrition.

Media Contact: Kate Gadenne, Communications and Fundraising Officer, Children’s Nutrition Research Centre, 07 3636 9271, 0438 727 895 or

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