WiDS Perth 2021

Event details


  • Auditorium, The University Club of Western Australia
  • Map location

Date and time

  • Wednesday, 10 March 2021
    5.30pm - 7.30pm

Event type

  • Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences


  • Business / Industry
  • Current students
  • Future students
  • Graduates or near graduates
  • Postgraduate
  • Studying at another tertiary institution


  • Event registration is essential via the link below
Register here

The University of Western Australia is excited to partner with Stanford University for the return of Women in Data Science (WiDS) Perth.

Delivered in association with Stanford University's annual WiDS Worldwide ConferenceWiDS Perth 2021 will feature an expert panel with leading WA-based data science experts, sharing their different perspectives on what it takes to build a successful career in data science, followed by Q&A and networking. 

We are proud to be hosting one of 150+ worldwide events and look forward to inspiring more women to engage in data science.

In addition to WiDS Perth, UWA is hosting a special event for high school students!
If you’re a female student interested in learning more about studying data science and where a career in data science can take you, join us at the Data Science at UWA session taking place before WiDS Perth on Wednesday 10 March 2021.
Registration is essential and separate to WiDS Perth - REGISTER HERE

WiDS Perth Panellists

A/Prof Rachel Cardell-Oliver
WiDS Ambassador
The University of Western Australia               

Rachel is a computer science academic specialising in the design of intelligent systems that integrate data measurement using environmental sensors; data collection with wireless communication systems; and data mining. Rachel's work addresses environmental challenges including demand for public transport, reducing household water consumption, understanding water use by native Australian plants, and measuring the performance of rammed earth for sustainable housing in outback Australia.

Jodie Kimber
Advanced Analytics Commercial Lead 
Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers 

Jodie is a process engineer who held operational roles in remote mines around Australia in the early part of her career. She became interested in data science after working on a geometallurgical prediction model and is now the lead for the Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers Advanced Analytics team, looking at applying data science and automation to industrial and business processes.

Dr Liz Dallimore
WA Data Science Innovation Hub                  

Liz is a research and development, innovation and commercialisation specialist, and currently Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub, a newly created initiative to enable the data science ecosystem to flourish in WA. Liz works across a range of stakeholders to ensure WA is leveraging the amazing opportunities data science can bring to the State. Previously Liz was a director at KPMG and has more than 15 years experience in research, innovation and technology across the UK and Australia.

A/Prof Sally Thompson
Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
The University of Western Australia

Sally Thompson is a hydrologist working at UWA's Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering. Sally's approach to hydrology is ecumenical, spanning field work, remote sensing, theoretical and model development. Her research group has leaned increasingly on data science methods to enable statistical-empirical evaluation of policy-relevant decisions at large scales. Examples include evaluating the impacts of deforestation and climatic drivers of agricultural planting decisions in the tropics. Sally received undergraduate degrees (in Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Engineering) from UWA. She worked as an engineering consultant for several years, before starting her PhD with the support of a General Sir John Monash Award at Duke University in 2006. Upon graduating in 2010, Sally worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Princeton and Purdue Universities. She was appointed assistant professor of surface hydrology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012, and promoted to associate professor with tenure and to the inaugural Claire and Hsieh-Wen Shen Distinguished Research Chair in 2017, before moving to UWA in 2019.

Sophie Giraudo 
Data Science Student
The University of Western Australia              

Sophie is a current student at UWA in her final year of a Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Mathematics and Statistics. She has just finished as a Technology Consultant Intern at Visagio where she worked in mine plan optimisation. Sophie is also the current President of the Data Science Club of UWA.

WiDS Worldwide Conference 2021

Stanford’s 2021 WiDS Worldwide Conference takes place in March at Stanford University and 150+ locations worldwide, including Perth. The conference features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science, and provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a broad set of domains. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide Conference events.



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