International Day of Women and Girls in Science Profile: Dasuni Jayawickrama
In honour of this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Tuesday 11 February 2020, we are sharing stories from women in our faculty.
According to UIS (UNESCO Institute for Statistics) data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women. The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences recognises the importance of providing women and girls in science with the support and tools they need to pursue successful careers. This year, for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are sharing the stories of two women from the School of Computer Science - an undergraduate student and a researcher and lecturer. We hope that these stories will not only inspire younger women but also shine a light on the invaluable initiatives these women have been a part of.
Dasuni Jayawickrama is a second-year undergraduate School of Computer Science student studying the Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide.
Dasuni Jayawickrama's Story
I chose to study the Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide because from a very young age, I’ve always been passionate about computer science. The idea of being able to make a change and innovate using technology made me select this discipline. I chose the University of Adelaide because of its high rank in the field of computer science (currently 43rd in the world), its reputable name and its world-class research. This inspired confidence in me as I believe the university provides the ideal environment for me to mould myself through gaining invaluable knowledge from its many well-qualified and proficient teaching staff.
The efforts taken by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences have had a major impact on me; I feel more confident about myself as an individual and feel that I am being equipped with the skills I will need once I enter the industry in the near future.
In 2019, I was awarded a full scholarship by the faculty to be a part of the Hopper Down Under conference – Australia’s largest conference for women in technology. I had a brilliant experience and met very successful women from all over the world doing great innovative work in the technology sector. Coming from a South Asian background and during my time in my home country, I never had the opportunity to meet women working in the technology field. This conference was the first time I had the opportunity to meet women doing great work and providing some much-needed innovation in fascinating fields like gaming and artificial intelligence. The three-day conference inspired me and motivated me to one day become like those exemplary women I met.
I believe that the faculty is making a conscious effort to empower girls in science and technology by increasing our level of confidence, and by providing the necessary guidance and tools to help us build the right path that is individually right for each and every one of us.
Help us celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science this year by tweeting a selfie of yourself at work on Tuesday 11 February with the completed sentence, "Today I am..." Ensure you use the hashtags #ECMSUofA #SuperstarsofSTEM #science4all #February11 and tag @ecms_uofa, @Scienceau and @WomenScienceDay.