Auckland postgrad evening

The AWIS Auckland section is hosting an evening for postgraduate students.

The event is aimed at sharing experiences and learnings of the road to gaining a higher degree and the pathways afterwards, from different perspectives – student, postdoc, established scientist and business.

When: Thursday 19th April from 4-7pm.

Where: University of Auckland Science 303 Centre (Room 303-G16).

The event will include a panel discussion by four women who are at different points in the postgraduate pathway:

Stefanie Hittmeyer

Stefanie is a Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics at the University of Auckland. She will talk about her PhD experience at the universities of Bristol and Auckland and how she is balancing her postdoc research and travels with having two little children.

Fang Ou

Fang completed her BTech (Honours) majoring in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology in 2015 and won a Senior Scholar Award from the University of Auckland for achieving the highest overall grade in this degree. In 2016 Fang began her journey as a PhD candidate in the Department of Physics, working on using fluorescence spectroscopy for the detection of bacteria.

Cate Macinnis-Ng

Cate Macinnis-Ng is Senior Lecturer in Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. Her research aims to understand the effects of a changing climate on forests. Her current focus is the kauri drought experiment. When she isn’t working with plants, Cate likes spending time with her family, baking and swimming.

Isabel Moller

Isabel Moller is a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research. Her current role focuses on supporting the application and commercialisation of research-based innovation for the horticultural industries in New Zealand, particular in hops and berryfruit. She started off her career as an academic researcher into plant cell wall biology. After completing her undergraduate and BSc Honours at the University of Auckland, she moved on to do a PhD at the University of Copenhagen and a postdoc at Melbourne University. Isabel started looking at job opportunities in the commercial science sector when contemplating a move back to NZ in 2012.