Women's Initiative


ASI Women’s Initiative

The ASI Women’s Initiative aims to involve all ASI members in promoting gender equity in the immunological community, as gender equity can only increase ASI’s research productivity and competitiveness.

Our focus is to improve career opportunities for women within immunology, particularly those who lack formal and informal mentoring support, and enhance the recognition of successes for women within our community. Our schemes are intended to benefit and be accessed by all women- inclusive of cis women, trans women and femme/feminine identifying genderqueer and non-binary folks.

The ASI Women’s Initiative was first constituted in 2014, driven by Roslyn Kemp and Barbara Fazekas de St Groth, and it has benefited from the sustained and enthusiastic support of the ASI Executive then and since.


  • Promote women within ASI
  • Support women within ASI
  • Highlight the successes of women within ASI
  • Collate and relay key information addressing gender equity in science


ASI Gender Equity and Inclusion Policy

Women's Initiative Awards

Women Speakers Database

Mentor-Mentee Program

Recommended Resources


To highlight the profiles and successes of ASI women

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science- the 11th of February 2019- the ASI Women’s Initiative launched #ASIWomensInitiative. Using this hashtag in combination with #IAmAnImmunologist on Twitter, we will profile women and their successes within the immunological community in Australia and New Zealand.

If you, or someone you know, has had a recent major win- a successful grant or Fellowship, a major paper, a high-profile presentation, media coverage- we would love to share that with the ASI community on social media. So let us know! Please email Gabriela Khoury, ASI Social Media Manager ([email protected]) if you have some great news about ASI women that you want to share or if you are interested in being profiled for #IAmAnImmunologist.

To see information on our celebrated ASI women, please search for #ASIWomensInitiative on Twitter!


Name: Kylie Quinn
Position: Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow 
Affiliation: School of Health and Biomedical Sciences; RMIT University

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