Research Week at La Trobe: Powerhouse women lunchtime talk

Research Week is an opportunity for La Trobe University to celebrate and share its research excellence with our communities, networks and partners.

Running from 27 to 31 August, this year’s theme is Engagement and Impact. Our research connects not only the research community and industry research partners but also the community in which we aim to make a difference.

Join us to hear from a number of powerhouse women from La Trobe University’s research community. They will speak about their own research careers and how they got there, as part of Research Week.

Powerhouse women lunchtime talk

Thursday 30 August
1pm – 2pm
John Scott Meeting House, Bundoora campus

Videoconferencing on other campuses:

Bendigo: HHS2-2.51

Albury-Wodonga: AW-4-4101

Mildura: BGR-135

Shepparton Campus is running their own research week talks at the same time; therefore the talks are unable to be video-conferenced on this campus.


Professor Jenny Graves Professor Jenny Graves is an evolutionary geneticist whose research exploits the genetic diversity of Australia’s unique mammals as a source of genetic variation to study the organisation, function and evolution of mammalian genomes. This has lead to new theories of the origin and evolution of human sex chromosomes and sex determining genes.

Jenny is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and served on the Executive for eight years, first as Foreign Secretary, then as Secretary for Education and Public Affairs. She is Distinguished Professor at La Trobe University, Professor Emeritus at ANU and Thinker-in-Residence at the University of Canberra.

Jenny is an international L’Oreal-UNESCO Laureate (2006) and was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2009. She won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2017.

Professor Katie Holmes Professor Katie Holmes first came to La Trobe University in 1994. She is an environmental historian and has also researches broadly in twentieth century Australian history, specialising in gardens, and women’s private writings, especially in letters and diaries. She is the Director of the Centre for the Study of the Inland and was the lead Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Changing Landscapes, Changing People: Australia’s southern mallee lands, 1830-2012’, and a joint Chief Investigator on a La Trobe/Monash ARC Linkage grant on ’Australian Generations: life histories, generational change and Australian memory’. Between 2013-2017 Katie was the Director of the Research Focus Area, Transforming Human Societies and is currently leading an ARC Centre of Excellence bid on Environment, Culture and Change. In 2010 Katie held the Keith Cameron Chair in Australian History at University College Dublin.

Jill SlayProfessor Jill Slay AM is Optus Chair of Cyber Security at La Trobe University and Director of Cyber Resilience Initiatives for the Australian Computer Society. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the information technology industry through contributions in the areas of forensic computer science, security, protection of infrastructure and cyber-terrorism. She is a Fellow of ACS and a Fellow of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, both for her service to the information security industry (and is MACS CP and holds CISSP and CCFP certifications). She has completed the supervision of 19 PhDs and many Masters and Honours theses and has been awarded over AUD 2 million in Australian Government Category 1 research income, including a Future Fellowship.

Clare WrightDr Clare Wright Dr Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who has worked in politics, academia and the media. She is the author of Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans (MUP 2003, Text 2014) and The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Text 2013), which won the 2014 Stella Prize and the NIB Literary Prize and was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s, Queensland, NSW and WA Literary Awards, and long-listed for a Walkley. Clare researched, wrote and presented the acclaimed ABC1 documentary Utopia Girls and devised and co-wrote the ABC documentary series, The War That Changed Us. She is also a Director on the Board of The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, a member of the Australian Republic Movement national advisory panel, and the writer/presenter of the ABC Radio National history series/Podcast, Shooting the Past. For more information on Dr Clare Wright’s work, see