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This year on 11 February we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To commemorate the achievements of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) we’re highlighting the outstanding work of Australia Awards — Indonesia alumna, Dr Sidrotun Naim, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture and Pathology Studies at Surya University.

Australia Awards — Indonesia are prestigious scholarships for Indonesian students looking to contribute to the future development and growth of their country. Funded by the Australian Government, they are the Australia Awards’ largest scholarship program. 

In the wake of the 2004 Tsunami in Aceh Sumatra, Indonesia, masses of shrimp harvests were affected, leaving shrimp farmers in economic crisis. Dr Naim worked for the World Wildlife Fund to restore the regions aquatic environment after the damage.

She has a rich history with the Australia Awards program, having completed a Master of Marine Studies degree from the University of Queensland in 2005, graduating with the Dean’s commendation for high achievement. 

Since completing six academic degrees including a PhD at Harvard University, Dr Naim has made enormous and invaluable contributions to both the sustainable development of Indonesia and the science industry, having been appointed by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries as an expert staff on the issue of shrimp diseases.

Dr Naim has numerous accolades, including the 2009 L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards in Indonesia and the Indonesian Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection. Most recently, she was one of 14 women to receive an Inspirational Women NOVA 2016 award, taking the title for the Women and Technology category.

Coffey manages the Australia Awards –– Indonesia program on behalf of the Australian Government. Coffey and its Tetra Tech partners across the world are proud to support women in the fields of STEM.

For more information about the Australia Awards visit the Australia Awards — Indonesia website.

You can read more about Tetra Tech’s support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the Tetra Tech website.