Biotechnologist and Social Scientist Honoured in WA Women's Hall of Fame

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Two inspirational women from The University of Western Australia – an award-winning scientist and leader in genome sequencing, and an artist, community development practitioner and social science researcher — have been inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur, from UWA’s School of Agriculture and Environment, and Dr Charmaine Papertalk Green, a Research Fellow with UWA's WA Centre for Rural Health, were inducted at Government House last night.

They were among 16 inspiring women to receive the honour in the presence of the Minister for Women’s Interests the Hon Sue Ellery MLC.  The WA Women's Hall of Fame was established in 2011 to recognise the achievements of women who have made a significant contribution to the State.

Associate Professor Kaur, who led the public DNA release of over 40 iconic Australian species, has more than 16 years experiencing in initiating and delivering research outcomes in biotechnology.

Instrumental in driving the establishment of DNA Zoo Australia, she and her team use new-age technologies to bring genomic empowerment to Australia’s biodiversity, contributing to conservation efforts for threatened and endangered species.

Professor Kaur, who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting gender equity and inclusion in STEM fields, was honoured in the STEM category.

"I am deeply honoured and humbled to be inducted into the Western Australian Women's Hall of Fame, a reflection of not only my work, but also the work of the many individuals who have supported me throughout my career,” Associate Professor Kaur said.

“My mantra is to never be afraid to learn and explore new dimensions in life and I hope that this recognition will inspire other women to pursue their dreams and make a difference."

Dr Green, a Wajarri, Badimaya and Wilunyu woman of the Yamaji Nation, is visual artist, author, poet, photographer, storyteller, social science researcher and academic who shares her cultural knowledge in many different spheres. She was inducted in the Arts category.

“As a regional and rural Yamaji woman, I am honoured to be a 2023 inductee,” Dr Green said.

“In regional Western Australia women and girls have many challenges to navigate every day — we face these tensions and challenges as best we can.

“My personal and career aspirations have been for transformative social change for my people, and one of the most powerful tools I have to use is my voice through poetry, writing and the Arts.

“I remain committed to holding up and lifting up First Nations women the way my Ancestors did for me.”