Star gazing: Sarah Maddison, Professor of Astrophysics

Star gazing: Sarah Maddison, Professor of Astrophysics

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Encouraged by her mother, Sarah was instilled with a passion to follow her dreams.

“In school, I was always very interested in mathematics and science,” she says. “I was really amazed to discover that basically all elements are made inside stars.”

“The problem that I’m working on is to really try and understand how planets form. I’m involved in a range of projects that are using telescopes and we’re studying the dust content of disks around young stars.”

Sarah has held a number of leadership roles at Swinburne.

“Men and women do have different views of the world, just because of the way we’re brought up, the schemas we carry around in our heads. Women will bring a different focus or a different flavour to leadership.”

Sarah adds, “It’s not necessarily better than the leadership style of men, it’s just different.”

She encourages people to follow their dreams, “there are no barriers”.

“The idea that there are no barriers means that you can find a way around them, if they are in front of you.”

“We need diversity in our leaders since we have diversity in our population.”