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Professor Tom Welton presents "SAGE: Going for Bronze (then Silver, and Gold)"

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Date: Friday 13 January 2017
Venue: Swinburne University of Technology Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMD301), Hawthorn Campus

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The SAGE/Athena SWAN Victoria/TAS Regional Network are proud to announce that we will be hosting 2 targeted SAGE/Athena SWAN “Going for Bronze (then Silver, and Gold)” events with UK Athena SWAN gold leader Professor Tom Welton, Dean of Natural Sciences from Imperial College London.

The program of events will be held at Swinburne University of Technology Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMD301) for all VIC/TAS SAGE member institutions.

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Professor Welton will briefly discuss how Athena SWAN enabled him to drive culture change and increase department research success in the Chemistry Department that he previously led at Imperial College. He will share how he created a supportive and inclusive environment that focussed on the success of every staff member and the practical actions that were implemented within his unit to create this “gold environment” that has now been recognised with Athena SWAN gold “beacon” accreditation.

He will particularly discuss how culture change in the application process for Bronze Award status, was enabled by data analysis and action planning and how critical linkages were made. He will also touch on how institutions can get the most out of the pilot process and keys to success.

He will actively involve the audience, encouraging participants to bring their own experiences and ideas so that he can lead a conversation into the areas that are most important to us.

Questions for either session are to be sent by 6 January 2017 to to allow time to consider and issue these to Professor Welton.

Target audience: for all leaders and decision makers from SAGE member institutions and SAGE SAT team members.

Program of events


11:30am – 1:00pm (lunch 1:00pm-1:30pm)

‘Going for Bronze: the role of leaders & decision makers’ workshop (including light lunch afterwards) - for all leaders and decision makers from SAGE member institutions. (Presentation with Q&A)


1:30–3:00pm (afternoon tea 3:00pm-3:30pm)

‘Self-Assessment Team (SAT) Data Analysis and Action Plan workshop’ (including afternoon tea) - for SAGE/Athena SWAN SAT members. (Presentation with Q&A)

Please contact the SAGE Office at your institution to register (remote participation is possible via webcam) – SAGE offices to RSVP physical and remote attendees’ names by 10 January 2017 to

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About Professor Tom Welton

Professor Tom Welton, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London and the world’s first Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, began his academic career with a B.Sc. at the University of Sussex followed by a D.Phil., in the Chemistry and Spectroscopy of Ionic Liquids.

After research positions at the University of Sussex and the University of Exeter he joined the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London in 1993 as a Lloyd’s of London Tercentenary Fellow. In 2002 he was awarded a Readership in Catalysis and undertook the role of Director of Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry. In 2004 he was promoted to Professor in Sustainable Chemistry.

Tom was Head of the Chemistry Department from August 2007 to December 2014, during which time the Department achieved an Athena Swan Gold Award. He became Dean of the Faculty in January 2015.

Tom uses solvents to improve chemical processes. He has worked with ionic liquids throughout his career, in order to develop sustainable solvent technologies. The central academic aim of his research is to understand the role that the immediate chemical environments in which reacting species find themselves influence the reaction process. He also aims to use this understanding to provide more effective chemical processes by the matching of the reaction with its optimum solvent environment.

Tom is the author of over 100 papers, primarily on the structures and chemistry of ionic liquids and their solutes. He was the 2007 RSC Christopher Ingold Lecturer, the 2012 RSC Thomas Graham Lecturer, and the 2011 DFG Paul Walden Lecturer. He is an Honorary Member of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia.

Professor Tom Welton
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ