Celebrating brilliant women in science


In celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we're showcasing the amazing women in science in our network. This is going to be an inspiring speaker panel event aimed at demonstrating how exciting and fulfilling a career in science can be.

Ticketing to this event is now open - additional information will be provided its lead up. We will keep you updated!

1 PM - 2 PM AEDT


NAWO Events
  • Complimentary for NAWO members
  • Non-member tickets are $39 incl. GST

We’re hosting in conversation with a panel of brilliant women in science from the NAWO network as we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

Join us as we enter into a stimulating conversation with these leaders who will inspire us with their career stories in science and operations:

  • Roya Khalil – Director of Research and Development, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers
  • Ricci Churchill – Manager, Safety, Risk and Environment, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal PTY LTD
  • Nishita Giri – Microbiological Specialist, Lion
  • Anita Holdsworth, General Manager – Quality & Technical Services, Asahi Beverages

Our speakers will explore:

  • What science meant to them when they were young
  • Their journey into scientific careers
  • What they love about their current roles

We will also unpack the diversity of scientific careers available in operations, the future of scientific roles within different industries and discuss all the factors that will encourage women and girls into STEM education and careers.

More about our inspiring guests

Roya Khalil: Roya is a chemical engineer with a PhD in plastics; she is currently Director of Research and Development at Incitec Pivot Fertilisers. Roya is passionate about inspiring women to join careers in science and operations and views meaningful connections and work relationships as the perfect vehicle to support women to thrive in their careers.

Nishita Giri: Nishita is an avid and a fervent Scientist with over 12 years of interdisciplinary life science experience. She kick started her career as a Lab Technician and soon became a lab manager. She is a strong research professional with a Masters of Biotechnology and Honours Degree in Genetic Engineering and is enjoying the challenges of being the Microbiologist Specialist for Lion Brewery governing the business across Australia and New Zealand.

Ricci Churchill: Ricci completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Victoria looking at the retrospective effects of goldmining. During her degree she worked at the Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre. She moved to Queensland to work as a Water Scientist with Department of Natural Resources and Water. She has worked in various forms of the Qld Environmental Protection Agency and for the last 10 years, she has been an operational manager at the second largest coal export terminal, Dalrymple Bay. She manages 20 people in the Safety, Risk and Environment team which encompasses the health, wellbeing, safety, risk, environment, sustainability and assurance activities for a workforce of approximately 700 that is on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Anita Holdsworth: Anita started her career working in medical genetics research in Houston Texas. After several years in academics she transitioned to FMCG and joined CUB/Asahi 9 years ago. Anita has had several roles most notability being appointed as the manager of Australia’s oldest brewery, cascade making her the first female brewery manager in their near 200-year history. Anita currently heads up the Quality and Technical Services team for Asahi Beverages, leading a diverse team that includes chemists, microbiologists, packaging specialists, brewing specialists, food technologist and regulatory compliance officers. Anita is passionate about developing and engaging women in pursuing STEM leadership positions. Anita mentors women looking to transition from academics and research into corporate careers, and routinely seeks opportunities to promote science and manufacturing careers for women.