What a feast of books, since January WITS members have read Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Whilstleblower by Susan Fowler and Broad Band by Claire Evans. WITS Reads is led by Jane Morgan , thank you Jane, focuses on women in technology and science and uses a Good Reads group. WITS Reads developed from the 2019 STEMMinist Book Club led by Jane O'Hara.
Join WITS Reads now by emailing email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday 22 June 2021 @ 8 pm by Zoom to discuss the next book. Keep an eye on the WITS website for the chosen book, voting opens on Good Reads today.
Welcome to WITSWORDS May 2021
Note from chair Dr Andrea C Johnson
As I write this message I am slightly surprised to find myself in the month of May! I hope this update finds you all well and looking forward to COVID restrictions relaxing.
We have welcomed new corporate partners this month, AWS, AIB and Hanna Moore + Curley (patent lawyers). We are delighted to have them onboard and are looking forward to working with them. The Partnership committee has produced a great new Corporate Partnership pack, if your organisation is interested in hearing about our partnerships opportunities, please do let us know. The 30th Anniversary Leadership Speaker Series has been a huge success and the feedback from our members has been super! We had postponed the final session as we wanted to invite a government representative, we are waiting on a date and I hope to confirm this later this month.
We are set to have a very busy month of May .... WITS have been asked to be part of the EU Diversity Charters signing event in Ireland 27 May. We will be hosting a panel on Women Returners, the event will be attended by Commissioner Dalli and Minister Harris. We have offered the Women Reboot programme free WITS membership and hope to welcome the latest cohort of women later this month, I know you will join me in welcoming them. We will also be starting our campaign to survey our members through an EU Gender Scan Survey, more detail of this are included in the newsletter. Our Research committee has been working through preparing a call for a State-of-the-Nation Research project, which we hope to submit this for consideration to Minister Harris later this month. Our Events committee is working hard on developing a Student Series later this year, more news of this exciting series to follow. In conjunction with this, we will be running a student membership campaign later this year.
If you are interested in joining one of our committees, then please do let us know, we have lots of work to do and we welcome offer of help or support. Finally, a big shout out to the Communications committee who have done a great job leveraging our social media posts, especially around the Leadership Series and have started the job to update and refresh our website and membership sign up.
With thanks for your continued support
Thank you for reading WITSWORDS. Our next issue will be in June 2021. If you have events, initiatives or just something you think may be of interest to WITS members please email WITS before 11 June 2020 and we'll include it in the next issue.
Dates for your diary - upcoming WITS events
The next WITS Reads is on Tuesday 22 June 2021 @ 8 pm. Keep an eye on the WITS website for the next book.
WITS and Gender Scan survey
The Gender Scan research is an international study - in partnership with UNESCO and international associations, – that examines the role of women in scientific and technology professions. For the past five years. Gender Scan has been highlighting the persistent obstacles, as well as the progress and developing indicators on gender balance in scientific and technological fields across the world to identify areas for action. Gender Scan reports provide a complete overview of girls and women in STEM, from school to graduate studies and the workplace.
Please take a few minutes to complete the Gender Scan 2021 online survey. using WITS as your organisation in the dropdown menu. Designed and developed by experts and associations from around the world, the survey gives a voice to students, researchers, entrepreneurs, the self-employed and employees, WITS is delighted to support it.
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Science and Tech News
International Literature Festival Dublin
Two science and technology events that may be of interest.
- 22 May 2021 @ 6 pm Everyone is Talking About Patricia Lockwood & Roisin Kiberd. Tickets here.
- 26 May 2021 @ 6 pm Science Comes To Life: Carlo Rovelli & John Banville. Tickets here.
European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2021 Women in Energy Award.
This year, the EUSEW Awards aim to recognise outstanding activities led by women that help to advance the clean energy transition in Europe and contribute to the European energy and climate targets. Nominations are open until 25 May 2021.
News from Silicon Republic
Women Scientists and Pioneers
- 20-22 July 2021 Finding Ada Conference, more to follow.
Thank you for reading WITSWORDS. Check back for June 2021 WITSWORDS and in the meantime, please send us any news.