Diversity Drives Innovation: Representation in Research

Join this upcoming webinar to understand diversity in research and what you can do to champion your work.

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This webinar is targeted at researchers and authors who wish to learn more about diversity.

In this webinar, Dr. Madhu Bhaskaran, Professor and Research Leader at RMIT University will discuss how diversity in STEM is being addressed at various levels. She will also share her own experiences in leading a diverse team and her future projects in the next generation of smart devices.

Just as teams and collaborations are important in research innovation, diversity can be a critical factor to drive disruption. Besides being viewed through a gendered lens, diversity in other forms, including cultural and cross-disciplinary, can be integral to success.

Key Highlights:

  • Addressing diversity in STEM research. 
  • Global examples of diversity in the Athena Swan program and other Australian initiatives. 
  • Upcoming smart device projects with various industry and academic collaborators to benefit the healthcare and aged care sectors.  

Please note that certificates will be issued to participants who attended the live session.


Dr. Madhu Bhaskaran - Professor and Research Leader, RMIT University

Dr. Madhu Bhaskaran

Professor and Research Leader, RMIT University

Professor Madhu Bhaskaran co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University. She has won numerous awards and fellowships for her research including 2017 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher and was also named as Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers by Engineers Australia. In 2018, she won the Batterham Medal and the APEC Aspire Prize.  The discoveries made at micro/nano-scales by the research group are transformed into prototypes often in partnership with industry. Her work seeks to transform conventional hard electronics into soft and unbreakable products, thin enough to create electronic skin.