Ramboll supports young female talent in STEM through HunterWiSE Outreach Program

Ramboll supports young female talent in STEM through HunterWiSE Outreach Program

Supporting the HunterWiSE program as an Industry Partner, Ramboll, a global engineering, architecture and consultancy business, is providing opportunities for women and girls in the Hunter Valley’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector to connect, collaborate, and share experiences.

The company’s Newcastle office is partnering with the Hunter Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (HunterWiSE) Schools Outreach Program for female students in Year 8.

HunterWiSE Outreach aims to positively influence how school-aged girls perceive STEM, encouraging participation in STEM education and careers.

Country Director for Ramboll in Australia, Fiona Robinson said the engineering profession still has a long way to go to diversify its workforce.

HunterWiSE, a Newcastle-grown initiative that supports and nurtures the important contribution of women in STEM to regional economies through high school programs, scholarships for undergraduate students, and events, is helping overcome that.

“The proportion of qualified professional engineers who are female in Australia is about 13 per cent,” Fiona said.

“Through programs like HunterWiSE we want to change this. Ramboll’s Australian business is 51 per cent female, but we want to see this type of parity throughout the profession.”

As an Industry Partner, Ramboll will provide in-kind staff hours to participate in the outreach program. 

Ramboll’s contribution will enable more local schools and more young female talent to be exposed to the STEM field early on, where they will be assisted to develop related skills and get a better understanding of STEM as a career path through mentoring by the Ramboll team.

“I’m proud of our team’s contribution to this meaningful project.  Several of our Newcastle team have been mentors in this program, including myself.  Inspiring young female students early is a key avenue to addressing gender equality in traditionally male-dominated industries such as engineering and construction.”

Ramboll’s participation in the HunterWiSE program is funded by the Ramboll Foundation. 

As a foundation owned company where revenue is reinvested into the continued development of the business, the Ramboll Foundation supports philanthropic endeavours, including awarding donations to research, studies and educational initiatives.

Chair of the Ramboll Foundation, Robert Arpe said that higher education is the gateway to increasing and diversifying roles for women in the STEM field and is thrilled to be partnering with HunterWiSE to provide this support.

“Higher education plays a pivotal role in strengthening the foundation for creating viable and sustainable solutions for future challenges,” Robert said.

“We are delighted to support HunterWiSE Outreach, which helps increase the interest of young women in the STEM field to allow society to gain a strengthened, qualified, and diversified workforce within the areas of natural sciences and technology.”

The Ramboll Foundation has supported a range of higher education projects across the world, most recently Ungdommens Naturvidenskabelige Forening (UNF), a Danish science non-governmental organisation that promotes the interest of natural sciences among young people.

HunterWiSE co-founder, Professor Anna Giacomini said HunterWiSE initiatives are made possible thanks to the generous support of the University of Newcastle and industry partners.

“The Newcastle-based Ramboll team has championed HunterWiSE since our beginnings, and we’re delighted to formalise this relationship in 2024,” Anna said.
“In partnering with HunterWiSE, Ramboll will play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between education and industry, and expand opportunities for students in our region. We’re grateful for this support and look forward to working together this year.”

IMAGE | Students attend the HunterWiSE program at the University of Newcastle.


Ramboll is a global architecture, engineering and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. Ramboll’s more than 18,000 experts create sustainable solutions across Buildings, Transport, Architecture & Landscape, Water, Environment & Health, Energy and Management Consulting. 
Across the world, Ramboll combines local experience with a global knowledgebase to create sustainable cities and societies. We combine insights with the power to drive positive change to our clients, in the form of ideas that can be realised and implemented. We call it: Bright ideas. Sustainable change. 

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