Science and Engineering


07 February 2018

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Information Technology student Vanessa Li is the Queensland winner for the ABC Women in Broadcast Technology (WiBT) Scholarship 2017 program.

Vanessa received the award in a ceremony held at the ABC Brisbane Centre at the end of Vanessa’s four weeks of work experience there. The scholarship aims to reinforce the ABC’s commitment to reducing the gender imbalance in technology roles at the ABC, and introduce women to the possibilities of careers in broadcast and media technology.

Program sponsor Deputy General Manager Technology, Margaret Cassidy acknowledged that the Scholarships also bring many benefits to the ABC, “creating a more diverse and balanced workplace where women and men are both treated equally, as well as providing a broader recruitment reservoir of talented, budding technologists.”

“In turn, recipients of this scholarship gain a unique insight into the broadcasting sector which will serve to increase their future career opportunities and develop their skills, as a result of practical on-the-job experience with expert mentoring and financial assistance.” Ms Cassidy said.

Currently completing a double degree in Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Information Technology, Vanessa’s interest in science and technology grew out of her love for problem solving and math. A skilled musician and keen consumer of ABC programs, Vanessa enjoyed finding out what goes on behind the scenes of putting radio and television programs to air, “I am very interested in how things work and how to apply this knowledge to real life. IT is a growing industry and this experience will help to broaden my experience,” she said.

Each year the ABC provides up to eight scholarships, awarded to women undertaking a technology related discipline at a TAFE, University or recognised tertiary institution. The scholarship includes four weeks paid on-the-job training in technology areas of the ABC and a $1,000 study allowance.

Applications are open to all women with a right to reside in Australia, enrolled in a technology-related discipline, and curious about a career in broadcasting. Visit the ABC Careers website for more details: or email:

Text taken from original media release by ABC Technology, 2 February 2018.

For further details, contact:
Kerrie Dash, ABC Technology
Phone: 02 8333 3073 | E-mail:


Vanessa Li is the Queensland winner for the ABC Women in Broadcast Technology (WiBT) Scholarship 2017 program.


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