WITSWORDS October 2016
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WITS UCD Pizza Social!  September 29
On September the 29th, 2016 we welcomed a group of UCD students to the world of WITS. Generously supported by AIB Datahack students and staff of UCD came together to eat pizza and talk STEM!. We were very lucky to open the event with Prof Feely VP of Research and Innovation UCD (shown below). We also heard inspiring words from a great range of WITS speakers, Dr Jaythoon Hassan Senior scientist at the National Virus Reference Library, Dr Jennifer Mitchell UCD lecturer, Nicaise Ishimwe speaking about Women in Tech Africa and Dr Lara Cutlar from the Charles Institute of Dermatology. Thanks to all who attended and to Lara Cutlar for organising our social!  

WITS in Academia IT Sligo 4 October 2016
Thanks to Oonagh Monahan WITS Sligo member who faciliated a WITS in Academia panel discussion on 4 October. Our headline photograph shows L-R Oonagh Monahan, Alpha Omega Consultants (panel facilitator), Dr. Frances Lucy, Head of Environmental Science, IT Sligo; Amanda McCloat, Head of Home Economics, St.Angela's College, Sligo; Úna Parsons, Head of Mechanical Engineering, IT Sligo. Thanks to Úna and IT Sligo for hosting the event, Oonagh, our panel and all who attended this lively meeting.

WITS Executive Update
The Executive met on 8 September and 5 October. The WITS Policy Subcommittee met on 5 October. We are working on the AGM, WITS events and membership. Thanks to all the Executive members for their commitment and work.

WITS was at:
  • NWCI AGM 9 September. WITS seconded a Symantec motion on STEM and the nomination of Pauline Sargent WITS member who was elected to the NWCI Board. Congratulations Pauline.
  • 007Ideas Bootcamp 12 September 2016. Thanks to Annie Aragon the MD for 007Ideas in Ireland for inviting WITS to present about women in STEM at this initial bootcamp for entrepreneurs at the Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin.
WITS will be at Career Zoo on 15 October with a panel on Women in STEM compered by Arlene O'Neill. Watch out for the report in the next WITS newsletter.


Dates for your diary - WITS events October 2016

12 October WITS Talk: Dr Julie Phukan Life as a Neurologist: Things I've Learnt from My Patients. The Charles Institute, UCD. Book your place here.

20 October WITS Cork Women in STEM panel discussion. Camden Palace Community Arts Centre Cork. Book your place here.

November WITS events:
  • 16 November WITS Galway Speed Networking The PorterShed. Booking now open here
  • 29 November Workshop Career Planning for STEM workshop Sinead Cullen Science Gallery 6 pm.  Booking will open shortly.
December - the WITS AGM takes place on Saturday 10 December at 11 am in the Science Gallery. Watch out for the emails. Information and booking will be on the WITS website.


The Citizens' Debate on Space for Europe Saturday 10 September, 2016.
Congratulations to Camden Palace Community Arts Centre for hosting Ireland's ESA Citizens Debate on Space in Cork. There was an excellent response and a thoughtful debate. Have a look at the photo of the event on the Facebook page here.

Bratislava Declaration of New Researchers
WITS welcomes the Bratislava Declaration of New Researchers. This declaration – written by young researchers – calls on Member States and the European Commission (EC) to recognise the special role that young researchers play and aspires to better enable them: great ideas and ability are divorced of age, gender, or nationality. You can sign the declaration here.

WISER Lecture
Wednesday October 26th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Ed Burke Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin.
Diversity & Inclusion: a value proposition for engineering by Dame Professor Dame Ann Dowling.
The Centre for Women in Science and Engineering Research (WiSER), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), in conjunction with Engineers Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy, will host a public lecture by Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.The presentation is entitled ‘Diversity and inclusion: a value proposition for engineering’, with an introduction by TCD provost, Patrick Prendergast. Book your place at the event here.

We have news of three great STEM hackathons over the next month or so.

Code First: Girls Hack Your Career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Dublin
13 October 2016, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Park Place, Dublin 2.
This evening event is for girls aged 18+ is a Code First Girls Hack Your Career event. Click on the link to register and places are limited.

ESB Big Energy Hack 21-23 October 2016 Dogpatch Labs, CHQ Dublin1.
The ESB will host Ireland’s first ever energy hackathon. The Big Energy Hack will bring great minds together for 72 hours to disrupt, invent and innovate, with the aim of developing solutions for a low carbon future. Register asap places are limited.

AIB DataHack Saturday 12 November 2016.
Calling all students studying
Data Analytics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering, There are 150 places on the AIB Datahack on Saturday 12 November. Get into your teams of two and register here. The DataHack consists of two competitions: a Datathon Challenge and a Hackathon Challenge. This year the challenges will be based around the topic of Energy, offering the students a chance to find innovate ways to promote energy efficiency and sustainability. There is a total prize fund o f€8,000, plus spot prizes, refreshments and very cool goodie bags on the day! Check out the AIB Datahack website for more information on the event, how to sign up and to access programming tutorials from the AIB team.

Gender News

Gender Equality in STEMM: the Future is Bright. 11 October 2016 Ulster University Derry.
Best wishes to the conference today. Congratulations on a great programme here.

Dublin Tech Summit 15, 16 February 2017 The Convention Centre, Dublin.
The Dublin Tech Summit is keen to improve the participation of women in the summit. Apply here for a complimentary ticket. There is a €4 service charge.
Recognising and Challenging our Unconscious Bias
Congratulations to the NWCI for the Unconscious Bias training pack. Click on the link to explore.
Gender Equity and Athena Swan 
The HEA has committed to extending the Athena Swan gender equity programme to all Irish higher education institutions.
This evaluation of Athena Swan programmes is a good read and asks some hard questions.  

Monster Confidence Belfast 29 September 2016
Congratulations to Stemettes in partnership with Monster Confidence for their great Belfast event on 29 Septembe 2016. 
The day was in two parts; for schools in the morning and for college and university students in the afternoon. 
Great to read the evaluations here. 

News and Items of Interest
Diversity and inclusion 
Congratulations to Media Planet in association with the Irish Independent for their diversity and inclusion supplement.  
We look forward to the next supplement in December. 

EIGE European Institute for Gender Equality argues that men and gender equity need each other. 
Read what they say here.

Women and engineering
Thanks to our members for these articles about women and engineering. Do read. 
Why do women leave engineering? This is an interesting report of a recent MIT study.  
Sexism and Stereotyping sees female engineering students leave the field.  
This Engineers Journal article argues that the culture of engineering does not take female students seriously. 
A Woman's Place is in Science 
This article about the an outreach programme of the US Society of Women Engineers: “Invent It. Build It".
reports on women across STEM in the US. Have a look at this figure showing women in STEM. 
The movement is in the right direction but still a long way to go particularly for engineering. 

  Source: National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, SESTAT (1993-2013),

This website focuses on telling women's history. The tag line is What is history without herstory. Watch it develop. 
There are women in STEM, read about Lilian Bland pioneering aviatrix here. WITS books Starts, Shells and Bluebells (1997) 
and Lab Coats and Lace (2009) are listed in the bibliography. Congratulations on a great project. 
RTE 1 Science programme 10 Things to know about  has a new series in production – watch out for it later this year.

Hypatia newsletter
WITS has received the latest Hypatia newsletter. Two good articles - gender inclusion in science activities and
gender experts what drives them. The Science Gallery WITS Corporate member is a partner in this EU project. 
Inspiring The Future - Redraw The Balance 
This video  from the UK Inspiring the Future is worth watching. It shows gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds. 
To visit schools about your work in STEM contact Smart Futures and STEPS. 

Members' News

WMB Women Mean Business Awards 3 October 2016
Congratulations to WITS Corporate member Ann O'Dea on her Boots WMB Empowering Women Award 2016. Read what Ann says here. Good to see Professor Susan McKenna Lawlor's work recognsied with her
FEXCO WMB Woman in Technology Award 2016. Read about Susan here.

Jacqueline Zeta by Jacqueline Murphy
Congratulations to WITS student member and UCC neuroscience student Jacqueline Murphy on her blog.

It gives a great insight into her interests and issues - a good read. Jacqueline is a member of our WITS Women in STEM panel in Cork on 20 October. Book your place here.

Women in Optics and Photonics
Thanks to WITS Executive member for the results from the Women in Optics Task Force survey on Women in the Optics & Photonics Workplace 2016. The team has looked  in depth at three of the top answers and produced a booklet focusing on  pay and representation, job satisfaction and workplace challenges and finally children and caregiving. Some pretty interesting but not surprising results

Coding Grace October newsletter
Thanks to WITS Exec member Vicky Twomey Lee for the October Coding Grace newsletter. This is a good read and captures the tech and female friendly events for the month of October and beyond.

Member Profiles
Thanks to Rebecca O'Neill and Nicaise Ishimwe for sending their profiesl. they now feature on our WITS website along with those of the Exec. Would you like to be featured in the rotating menu? If so please email WITS with a photograph and between 50 and 100 words about yourself.

We welcome news and profiles from members. If you have events, initiatives or just something you think of interest to WITS members please email WITS before the end of September 2016 and we'll include it in the next newsletter.
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