To celebrate Queensland Women’s Week, we sat down with winner of the 2016 Queensland Women in STEM Prize (Jury Award), Professor Josephine Forbes, to find out more about her career in STEM.
Josephine is working to cure type 1 diabetes. Almost 10 people are diagnosed with this lifelong disease every day in Australia.
What do you love about working in STEM?
I love having a job where I can be creative, challenged and adaptable, while doing something to positively impact someone’s life.
Diabetes has become so prevalent that it touches all of our lives. My inspiration is to discover something that will better someone’s life.
What’s the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome in your career?
Trying to successfully balance being a researcher, mum, wife and friend.
What have you been doing since winning the Queensland Women in STEM Prize in 2016?
Trying to cure type 1 diabetes! Read Josephine’s biography to learn a bit more about her research and her career.
What advice can you share to girls who are considering STEM careers?
Go for it and find excellence. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not up to it.