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How ESR’s women are breaking the bias

08 March 2022

With a 65% female workforce and women leaders across the organisation, gender equality in the workplace is front of mind at ESR. But it is our women scientists and researchers who are breaking the bias where it counts. From building software to help forensic teams interpret DNA evidence, to studying the viruses that are found in our environment and food, their expertise is improving the economic, environment and social wellbeing of New Zealanders.


Our incredible women work in a wide range of scientific fields. They are innovators, subject matter experts and thought leaders. Many are award winners recognised internationally for their expertise. They also have sensational work stories and diverse backgrounds. In this series of profiles, they explain what led them to a career in science, the bumps along the way and why they’re passionate about what they do.


Find out why connecting with her community is the thing forensics scientist Heidi Baker loves most about her job, and the challenges biowaste researcher Maria Gutierrez-Gines has faced on her career path. Find out what drew analyst Charlotte Gilkison to infectious diseases epidemiology, and why Māori impact scientist Georgia Bell feels privileged to be developing a new programme of work that is firmly rooted in mātauranga Māori.


Today - International Women’s Day - we celebrate the vital mahi of just some of our wāhine.

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International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. Find out more about this year’s ‘break the bias’ theme.