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​The Pleiades Awards

The Pleiades Awards, inspired by the UK’s Athena SWAN program, were originally launched by the ASA Chapter for Women in Astronomy (WiA) to recognise organisations in Australian astronomy that take active steps to advance the careers of women through focused programs and strive for sustained improvement in providing opportunities for women to achieve positions of seniority, influence and recognition. Starting in 2018 the criteria for the Pleiades Awards changed to reflect this expanded goal of equity and inclusion at all levels, and across all people in the astronomical community.

Levels of Award

There are three levels of Award: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. In the event that the criteria for the level of award sought by the eligible organisation are not met, the awards committee will consider the application against the criteria for a lower award level.


Both our nodes have been recognised with the Pleiades Awards. The University of Western Australia node is a Gold Pleiades organisation, and ICRAR’s Curtin University node is a Silver Pleiades organisation.

ASA IDEA Pleiades page