Power, security and change: 2018 Women in National Security Conference

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 — Leading security experts from around Australia and the world will gather in Canberra today to discuss the national and international security issues that are defined by power and change.

Hosted by The Australian National University’s (ANU) National Security College (NSC), the Women in National Security conference will build on last year’s conference that focussed on the participation of women in national security policy and practice.

“The conference is all about challenging assumptions,” said the Head of the NSC, Professor Rory Medcalf.

“Many of the world’s best security leaders and analysts are women, and many of them are joining us in Canberra.”

“This is a world-class security and defence conference showcasing women’s expertise and experience. We have more than 40 speakers from government and academia to share their insights on how to manage a tough international security environment,” Conference convener and director of policy at NSC Jacinta Carroll said

Discussion topics include new technologies, counter-terrorism, data and deterrence, and the Indo-Pacific.

The event will include a keynote address from the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds at the conference dinner on Wednesday 24 October.

Other speakers include:

  • Ms Madelyn Creedon, former Principal Deputy Administrator of US National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Dr Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, President of Women in International Security
  • Senator Jenny McAllister on “Making security decisions in a democracy”
  • Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ms Frances Adamson on “The Game of Throne effect: the interrelationship between role models and reality for women in international security”
  • Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs Mr Michael Pezzullo on “Data analysis, privacy and national security”
  • Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC  on “Defence and security professions of the future”

The Hon. Julie Bishop MP will open the conference on Wednesday morning at 9:30am with an address on “The Future of Power”.

Media are invited to attend the conference, which will be held from Wednesday 24 October to Thursday 25 October at the Canberra Hyatt. A full program is available here

For media assistance, contact Jo Meehan +61 436 605 635 or the ANU Media Team on +61 2 6125 7979 or at <media@anu.edu.au>.