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Mars 2094: A Gender Equal World

With Australia’s space mission control centre calling Adelaide home, it makes us think… what if the mission to land on Mars and create a gender equal government and social system was led by women? Would a new world society look different to the current societies on Earth, which have been predominantly shaped by men?

In 2019 we are celebrating 125 years since women in South Australia won the right to vote. Join the Office for Women at our panel event, discussing:

‘What would gender equality look like if Mars was settled in 2094, 200 years after the vote was achieved for women in South Australia?’


  • Ali Clarke, ABC Radio (MC)
  • Dr Kristin Alford, Museum of Discovery, UniSA
  • Wing Commander Marija Jovanovich CSM
  • Lucy McEwen, Fyfe and Women in Resources
  • Shona Reid, Reconciliation SA

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Venue: Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide
Cost: $30
Book for 'Mars 2094: A Gender Equal World'

About our panelists

Dr Kristin Alford

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the Director of MOD. at the University of South Australia. MOD. opened in May 2018, winning innovation and design awards. It is a future-focused museum for young adults, provoking new ideas at the intersection of science, art and innovation.

Prior to this role, Kristin was the founding director of foresight agency Bridge8, facilitating futures on water sustainability, nanotechnology, health, advanced manufacturing, clean technologies and climate change for government, corporates and not-for-profits, as well as producing 40 short animations on related topics. Publications include Negotiating our future: Living scenarios for Australia to 2050 and she is a sought-after speaker on issues relating to emerging technologies and the future of work and learning. Kristin has lectured foresight at the University of Adelaide and Dubai Futures Foundation.

Wing Commander Marija Jovanovich CSM

Wing Commander Marija “Maz” Jovanovich is a military test pilot and the RAAF’s most senior female pilot. She was born in the former Yugoslavia, before moving to NZ in 1995 and subsequently Australia in 2001. She joined the RAAF in 2001 and graduated from ADFA in 2004 with a BSc majoring in physics and mathematics, with Honours and a University Medal in physics. On completion of pilot training, she was posted to the P3 Orion aircraft. As an Orion captain, she flew on operations and exercises all over the world, including the Middle East, southwest Pacific and southeast Asia.

In 2014, she was the first Australian in 25 years to graduate from USAF Test Pilot School, and the first Australian ever to attain distinguished graduate status. Marija has held a number of leadership and command positions, both domestically and deployed overseas. In the recent Australia Day Honours, she was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for her achievements during one of those deployed commands.  She holds multiple degrees in science and engineering and has over 3200 hours flying experience, on over 30 different aircraft types.

Lucy McEwen

Lucy is an economics and commerce graduate with more than 25 years’ management experience across the energy, resources, property and infrastructure sectors. Lucy is the General Manager, Major Survey Projects at Fyfe, overseeing their major survey projects in SA and operations in Northern Territory and NSW.

Lucy represents Fyfe on the Women in Resources Committee SA (WinRSA) and was the chair in 2016 and 2018. Lucy played a key role in establishing and running the WinRSA and WimNET mentoring program for women in the resource industry which has been running now for four years. Lucy also served on the board of BioSA / TechinSA from 2010 to 2016 and is a Councillor for the Defence Reserves Support Council SA.

Shona Reid

Shona Reid is a proud Eastern Arrernte Woman, with family legacy that extends into the Hart Ranges in the Northern Territory. With the separation of her family from their country many years ago, Shona has lived and worked across South Australia for most of her life and regards South Australia as home. Shone is married to Lyndon Reid, a Wangkangurru man has four children and is blessed to share in the life of Lyndon's three other children.

With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science Degree from Flinders University, Shona has devoted her knowledge, experience, professional and personal life to the advancement and rights of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities for over two decades.

For 15 years, Shona has worked across the child protection, young offending and the out-of-home care sector in predominately regional and remote areas, including the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. In recent years, Shona has focused her expertise on governance and accountability across the APY and Far West Coast regions of South Australia.

This event is proudly presented by the Office for Women in partnership with the Australia Day Council of South Australia.

When we reflect upon our history and both the imperative and impact of women being able to vote and be heard, we need to acknowledge the injustice, pain and suffering felt by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the past and still today.

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