2024 International Women’s Day

Join us a special International Women’s Day event that will be hosted at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Driving gender equity in medical research: Anne Kelso on the importance of investing in female researchers

As CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Anne Kelso led the introduction of special measures to improve gender equity in the award of NHMRC research grants.

For many years, women have been consistently under-represented among NHMRC grant applicants at more senior levels, in spite of earlier initiatives to encourage their participation. Recognising this loss of talent and the importance of a diversity of perspectives, experience and skills in the research workforce, Anne embarked on a journey to change this trend.

This International Women’s Day, join us as Professor Kelso talks about how NHMRC drew on sector feedback and the experience of other institutions in working to improve gender equity and how she herself became convinced by NHMRC’s data that direct intervention was necessary.

Professor Anne Kelso AO

Professor Anne Kelso was CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council from 2015 until 2023. In that role, she led a major overhaul of NHMRC’s grant program, significant changes
to peer review and the introduction of special measures to improve gender equity in the award of grants.

Professor Kelso came from a background in research in immunology. Following her PhD at the University of Melbourne and a postdoc at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, she undertook research at WEHI (1982-1992) and QIMR Berghofer (1992-2007).

At QIMR Berghofer, she followed Michael Good as Director of the CRC for Vaccine Technology before returning to Melbourne as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (2007-2015). There she also pursued research through an NHMRC Program Grant at the Doherty Institute before taking up her position with NHMRC.

Event details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday 8 March 2024
  • Time: 9.30am – 11.30am, registration from 9am
  • Location: Bancroft Auditorium, Level 6
    QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
                    300 Herston Road, Herston
  • Dress: Smart casual
  • Catering: Morning tea will be served following the presentation
  • RSVP: Please RSVP via the registration button below by COB Thursday 29 February 2024


8 March 2024
9:30am - 11:30am
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, 300 Herston Rd HERSTON