Aus female scientists urged to use ‘Women of Science’ Wikibomb

Aus female scientists urged to use ‘Women of Science’ Wikibomb

Professor Emma Johnson is calling for more women with a firm interest in science to enhance their profiles online through the use of the Australian Academy of Science’s ‘Women of Science’ Wikibomb.

Professor Johnson, who is a marine ecologist at the University of New South Wales, says female scientists making use of the Wikibomb to build their presence on Wikipedia will ensure their extensive knowledge receives significant traffic.

“Young people today are using the Internet for a lot of their research, and when they search, Wikipedia comes up very commonly,” Professor Johnson said.

“If women scientists aren’t there on Wikipedia, they’re going to be invisible.”

According to a Wikipedia editor survey conducted in 2011, nine out of ten editors were male.

Professor Johnson says more female role models in science and technology will encourage more women to enter the industry.

“Role models are how people decide what they want to do and what they’re going to strive for,” she said.

Furthermore, numbers of women applying for research grants through the Australian Research Council, the government’s major funding body, were found to be significantly lower than the numbers of male applicants.

Professor Johnson hopes this new online initiative will help turn these facts around.

“This is such a rewarding career, lets not leave it to the boys,” she said.

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