Danielle Skropeta

About Danielle 


I am a Fellow of the RACI and member for over 25 years, from a chemistry student at the Australian National University to today as an Associate Professor in Chemistry at the University of Wollongong (UOW). I am a passionate advocate for chemistry and driven to improve equity, diversity & inclusion by dismantling structural barriers and supporting others to enter the field from all walks of life. I strive to create a welcoming environment for the next generation of scientists and humbled to have received the Margaret Sheil Leadership Award in 2020 for championing gender equity in the chemical sciences.

  • I lead an interdisciplinary research program developing new anti-cancer agents & bioinspired solutions for bacterial infection & wound healing performed in collaboration with long-term industry and community partners, building on a chemistry career that has been forged through industry partnerships.
  • I aim to equip students with the chemistry knowledge and skills they need to succeed in diverse careers, with over 16 years of tertiary chemistry teaching including development of new courses and STEM outreach programs and have been awarded Senior Fellow status by the Higher Education Academy, UK.
  • I am Chair-elect of the Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology (MCCB) Division and co-chair of both the combined Organic & Medicinal Chemistry Conference in Wollongong Nov 2022 and the MCCB stream of the National Congress in July 2022, helping to create diverse and gender-balanced conference programs.
  • As the 2021 national STEM Ambassador (Science & Technology Australia), I advocate for the chemical sciences connecting with politicians to promote the key role of chemistry in solving national challenges in health and medicine; sustainable energy and food production; and climate change. This builds on earlier roles as the RACI representative at Science Meets Parliament in 2019 and on the Government’s Biodiscovery Industry Panel.
  • In 2020, I joined the Homeward Bound leadership program aimed at empowering a globally diverse network of STEMM women aiming for greater influence and impact in decision-making that shapes our plant.


RACI Direction as I see it

  • COVID-19 has thrust science into the public spotlight. We need to seize this moment to highlight chemistry’s role underpinning health and medical discoveries and to collaborate with our industry, Government and community partners across STEM to create further positive impacts in society and inspire the nation. In my roles as STA Ambassador and as Deputy Director of the Molecular Horizons Research Institute (UOW), I play a key role building relationships with industry, Government and community and attracting financial investment.
  • To expand our base of chemistry professionals and RACI members, we need to attract more students into chemistry senior science and tertiary study through supporting our teachers with training and resources and promoting the diverse careers that stem from a chemistry background. In consultation with RACI’s industry partners, I will work to expand career opportunities for chemistry graduates including through industry internship programs and building on the outstanding work RACI is already doing providing career support; and with schools to help better support chemistry teachers.
  • “Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice”. While we’ve made great strides in equity, diversity & inclusion, there is still more to do, especially around inclusion and accessibility to chemistry training and employment opportunities. I have worked in this area throughout my career including on UOW’s Athena Swan gender equity program. I will work with others to expand RACI’s achievements in equity and diversity, promote our field as welcoming and supportive to all people and grow the diversity of our chemical sciences community, attracting new members and ensuring the diverse voices in our community are heard and included in decision-making processes.


Danielle Skropeta

General Secretary