May 2015

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Welcome to WITSWORDS May 2015.
Our photo this month is Professor Julieta Fierro with Professor Eithne McCabe WITS Exec member at the TCD Focus on Women in Light event to celebrate the International Year of Light on April 16, 2015. Professor Fierro gave an inspiring masterclass about women in STEM after her lecture on Astronomy in Mesoamerica. For more on the event click here. Congratulations to Eithne McCabe on a successful event. WITS presented Professor Fierro with a copy of Lab Coats and Lace; she was delighted having read a review in Scientific American.

InpireFest2015 Ticket Raffle for WITS Members

We have TWO tickets for InspireFext2015 to raffle for WITS members. Please click here to enter raffle before Friday 22 May. All entries will be put into the raffle and we'll notify the winners by May 28. Thank you Ann O'Dea and Silicon Republic.

WITS and Social Media # 1
WITS has a LinkedIn group. Click here to see it. It has 332 members and is open to members and non-members. It is regularly updated by WITS Vice-Chair Mary Carroll, thanks Mary.

WITS website
The WITS website is regularly updated thanks to Exec member Jaine Blayney. The WITS strategy 2015-2017 is on the website here. Do have a look, the video is a great overview.

WITS was at
#weAREhere Vicky Twomey Lee WITS Exec member and Coding Grace founder ran the unconference with Pauline Sargent of DigiWomen. Do read Vicky's post, it captures the
energy of the day so well, thanks Vicky.

Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy. The WITS response to the SSTI consultation paper will be on the WITS website shortly.

WITS Membership 2015
Thank you if you have renewed your membership for 2015. We have 60 members (full or concessions),  over 100 student affiliate members and five corporate members. We are actively recruiting members. Do renew your WITS membership for 2015 here. 

Dates for your diary - WITS events May-June 2015

WITS Events
13 May WITS Event #5
Workshop Title; How to lose friends and alienate people: The top reasons why communications fail and how to avoid them.
Presenter; Barbara Moynihan, On Your Feet .
Venue; Jury's Custom House Inn, D1 @ 6.30 pm
Event is free to members and members have first preference. Booking here.

4 June WITS Event #6
Women in STEM Wikipedia edit-a-thon
Workshop Leader; Rebecca O'Neill Wikipedia and WITS member
Venue: Science Gallery, Pearse St, Dublin 2  4-8pm
Come along and with Rebecca's help and advice help update the few women in STEM pages on Wikipedia. The last edit-a-thon developed the Matilda Knowles wikipedia page. Booking will open shortly here.

11 June WITS Event #7
LinkedIn Workshop faciliatated by Carol O'Kelly Redstorm.
Venue; Jury's Custom House Inn, D1 @ 6.30 pm
Event is free to members and members have first preference.
Book your place here.

WITS Executive meeting  10 June 2015 6.30 pm Science Gallery
The next meeting of the WITS Executive.

We hope to finish for the summer with a tour of the current HOME/SICK exhibition in the Science Gallery. Information in the June newsletter. There will be no WITS newsletters in July and August.


STEM Events
18-20 May 2015 The Pint of Science Festival, Dublin. Click here for information.
28 May 2015 Sunday Business Post SWIPE Summit Dublin.
20 June 2015 Soapbox Science Ulster Museum Belfast. Click here for more information.
5 November 2015 Ready for Dialogue Berlin 2015 Conference on Gender Dimension in Science and Research.

STEM online
Science Calling... its first podcast.  Congratulations to Maria Delaney WITS Exec member and the team at Science Calling for what we hope is the first of many podcasts. More here.

Women in Tech panel 20 May @ 3 pm. There will be a live stream from the LSE in London on the role of education in encouraging women to work in technology. This may be worth exploring.

STEM newsletters and reports
  • World Economic Forum Report Top 10 emerging technologies here.
  • European Platform for Women Scientists (EPWS) latest newsletter is available here.
  • International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology new issue now available.

Gender news

National Women's Council of Ireland NWCI AGM 11 June
WITS will be attending the NWCI AGM and supporting a motion on STEM. We'll update you in the next newsletter.
WITS Statement on Marriage Equality
WITS respects that there may be a range of views among members on the issue of Marriage Equality, and that individuals are entitled to hold and voice differing opinions and views. WITS encourages all members to exercise their right to vote on an important issue.

Members' news

Coding Grace
Coding Grace is co-founded by Vicky Twomey-Lee. They run female-friendly coding workshops in a safe and friendly environment for people who are curious and want to learn about technology. Coding Grace encourages diversity in its mentors who volunteer on their own time to share their knowledge and expertise, and are from the industry. The May Coding Grace newsletter is here.
Vicky Twomey-Lee is a coder, and nowadays can be found running tech events and workshops especially ones that advocate diversity in tech. She enjoys bringing like-minded people together and being part of the grass-root communities in Dublin. We are delighted Vicky is a member of the WITS Exec and you ca find out more at

Ann O'Dea Silicon Republic and WITS Corporate Member made an ICS Fellow
Congratulations to Ann on being awarded an Irish Computer Society Fellowship for her championing of women in technology. Great to see Ann's work recognised in this way. More here.

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 and we'll include it in the next newsletter.

InspireFest2015 Update

WITS is delighted to take part in InstpireFest2015. InspireFest2015 is a two day International festival of science and technology, featuring fresh and diverse perspectives on leadership, success and innovation. It runs in Dublin on June 18-20. You can follow InstireFest2015 through its website and on Twitter @inspirefestHQ.

There will be a panel Celebrating 25 Years of WITS at 6pm in the InspireFest2015 Fringe Headpsace in Merrion Square on Thursday 18 June. We'll confirm the panel members shortly. Come along and join the discussion.

We are delighted with the Silicon Republic 2015 WITS members special discounted rate of €190 (usual cost €450) to attend InspireFest2015 and hope that it encourages you to attend. To avail of this exceptional offer book you place here. Thank you Ann and Silicon Republic.

Finally InspireFest2015 are looking for volunteers. Please apply here before Friday 15 May. You will  work behind the scenes and gain invaluable access and experience.

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