Event Details

Date: Wednesday 4 July
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Science Learning Centre, The University of Queensland



Students, researchers and professionals with an interest in mathematics are welcome to join us for an evening of talks and lively discussions!

Women in Maths Networking Event

Jessica Kahl

Civil Engineer at Aurecon & Dream Big Founder

Jessica Kahl is a Civil Engineer Aurecon, a CQUniversity Student Ambassador, Young Chair of IPWEAQ’s Committee and, to her most importantly, the founder of the Dream Big Project – a movement to encourage young women to enter into engineering. Growing up with a love of fashion design, her high school years channeled her creativity and design towards a career path in engineering.

In 2014, she founded Dream Big Project, an organisation devoted to encouraging women to study engineering. In 2015, the Dream Big Project invited high school girls to the CQUniversity main campus in Rockhampton. In 2016, the event locations were expanded to the CQUniversity Gladstone, Bundaberg and Mackay campuses. The girls who attended these events participated in design and build activities, and were treated to presentations by current engineering students, faculty engineers and practicing engineers. Dream Big Project has involved almost 100 women in its events and is supported by the engineering faculty at CQUniversity. Jessica enjoys inspiring school students to pursue their passion because she wants to make them aware of careers which are fulfilling. She is also passionate about bringing like-minded people together because she believes that those who become involved share similar goals of challenging the perception of the engineering career and ultimately the role of which women play in societal functions.

Women in Maths Networking Event

Associate Professor Mariel Saez

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Mariel Saez is currently an associate professor at the mathematics department of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Her research primarily focuses in geometric analysis, with emphasis on geometric flows.

Professor Saez obtained her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005 and afterwards held a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany. She has also held visiting positions at several institutions such as Free University in Berlin, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California, Monash University in Melbourne and University College London.

Women in Maths Networking Event

Natalie Lawler

Mathematics and Science Teacher, Kenmore State High School

After overcoming a significant personal injury Natalie Lawler developed a real passion for learning.  After numerous career changes she returned to University to study Education and has worked as a Mathematics and Science teacher at Kenmore State High School for the past 5 years.  Natalie will share with you her passion for creating engaging and inspiring Junior Secondary Mathematics lessons and how this has led her to potentially being one of the first humans to live on Mars with the Mars One Project.