WITS Newsletter April 2014
April 2014

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WITS and Top 100 Women in STEM

WITS was very well represented in the March 2014 list of the top 100 women in tech part 1 from Silicon Republic.

There were three past chairs Mary Mulvihill, Ingenious Ireland (Communications, media) and founder of WITS, Dr Eucharia Meehan, Irish Research Council (Academia, research) and Dr Ena Prosser, Fountain Healthcare Partners (immunology, investment).

Prof Dervilla Donnelly, University College Dublin (Chemistry, academia) winner of the WITS Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award 2011 as were past members Prof Orla Feely, University College Dublin (Engineering, leadership) and Susan McKenna-Lawlor (Astrophysics, academia).

Finally Executive member Vicky Twomey-Lee, Python Ireland (Coding, events) and current chair Dr Marion Palmer, WITS (Academia, advocacy) were named. Evidence of WITS role and impact on women in STEM. Well done to all.

WITS was at . . .

Irish Examiner Small Business Show Interview with Marion Palmer Chair of WITS 10 April 2014

Kehlan Kirwan of the Irish Examiner explored the glass ceiling in STEM with Marion Palmer Chair of WITS. It will also be in the Irish Examiner on the 14th of April. You can read it here.

Women in Physics Day - Ireland 2014 QUB 19 March

Executive member Jaine Blayney was at the WITS stand at the celebration of women in Physics at the Whitla Hall QUB held jointly by Queen's University Belfast and the Institute of Physics.


Accenture International Womens' Day breakfast event RDS 7 March 2014

WITS was part of the Tech Showcase. Thanks to all who came and spoke to us. Thanks to Accenture for an excellent event and  thanks to Executive members Mary Carroll, Vicky Twomey-Lee and Marion Palmer for the stand. We were joined at the stand by members of the #wearehere collective.

WITS Networking Event Science Gallery 5 April

Ten WITS members and friends attended the WITS Networking event at the Science Gallery on 5 April 2014. Ellen the Head Mediator gave us a great tour from 2.45-4 pm. We enjoyed every minute. People stayed and chatted over coffee. The feedback was this is great idea and do it again.

WITS and 26 April - two interesting events

unFAIL unconference Saturday 26 April 10 am - 4 pm Science Gallery.

Details here.
In association with Science Gallery, the #wearehere organisers with the support of WITS Ireland, will be closing the FAIL BETTER exhibition with an unconference themed “unFAIL”.

SoapboxScience iSaturday 26 April 12-3 pm TCD Front Square.

Details here.
There is a great line up of speakers, and people are welcome to hang around for as long as they like. As the speakers will rotate, you'll get a chance to hear about all sorts of interesting research and some entertaining props as well. It's free to attend, and you're guaranteed a good time regardless of the weather.

Member - news, requests


Female friendly coding workshops 

Pyladies Dublin is this coming Tuesday:

Coding Grace runs regular female friendly workshops. Vicky is planning a 'Make a text-based adventure game with Python (Beginners)' at the end of April. Click here to see the schedule and book.

Help requested

I am setting up a new IT business and would like the opportunity to have a chat or correspond with an entrepreneur / business person with a view to garnering information in regard to this new venture.   If interested I can be contacted on 0866690672.   
Linda Browne.

Please email WITS if you know of any workshops/seminars that members would find useful. Don't forget you can renew your WITS membership for 2014 here.
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