WITSWORDS April 2017
April 2017

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March for Science: WITS Exec member Laura Tobin (in purple lab coat) pictured with first woman President of Ireland Mary Robinson, and other organisers and speakers from the march, held in Dublin on Saturday 22nd April. 

WITS Update

Welcome to WITSWORDS April 2017

WITS Speaker Panel - Invitation to join.
Thanks to all who responded. If you are interested in being included in our speakers panel, please let us know by emailing with your name, contact details, and details of your area(s) of expertise. 

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Dates for your diary - upcoming WITS events

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 (18:00 - 21:00) - The Entrepreneurship Rollercoaster with Crisitina Luminea at PACCAR Theatre, Science Gallery, Dublin 2. Find out more about the talk, Cristina and book your place here. This is a great opportunity to hear from one of the leading STEM/Tech entrepreneurs. Come along.

Advance notice
Wednesday 18th October 2017 (19:30) – WITS Members outing to the Abbey Theatre production of  Josephine K and the Algorithms -
special discounted tickets for WITS available here.

Tuesday 9th May 2017 (18.00 - 20.00) -
Unconscious Bias, a talk by Ita O'Sullivan Start Up Community Manager Bank of Ireland, at BOI Workbench Cork. Book your place here.


Other events of interest

Wednesday 26th April 2017 (13:30 -16:30) -  Women in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Interest Group Seminar - WITS Ireland members may avail of free tickets (normally €50) to this event by emailing


March for Science 22 April 2017
A crowd of around 600 scientists and supporters of science marched in Dublin to the Dail on Saturday, to highlight the importance of evidence-based policy decisions, particularly around issues such as climate change and its effects on the environment. Several WITS members were present, including Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, who spoke outside the Dail about the importance of the public visibility of scientists. Mary Robinson, Ireland's 7th president and founder of the Climate Justice foundation, was also present to give her support to the movement.

The Diversity in Tech Community in Dublin and Ireland
Thanks to Vicky Twomey-Lee WITS Vice-Chair for this great overview of diversity in the tech community. Do have a look and if there is another women in tech group please send it on to Vicky.

Deirdre Robertson awarded FameLab Ireland top prize
FameLab is a competition for scientists to communicate their research in three minutes. The Irish final took place on April 13th at Science Gallery Dublin. Deirdre is a postdoctoral researcher of Parkinson's disease at Trinity College and will now go on to represent Ireland at the International Finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK. Congratulations to Deirdre and to second and third prize winners Joanne Duffy (NUIG) and Ross Murphy (TCD).

ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing womENcourage 2017 - student participation scholarships
womENcourage 2017 the annual conference for women in computing takes place in Barcelona Spain from September 6-8, 2017. Participation Scholarships for students are now open for applications here with the closing date of 12 June 2017.

The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM - a great read in Harvard Business Review. 

Women in STEM Resources 
Thanks to Dr Sarah Rugheimer for this repository of peer-reviewed resources focusing on the issues for women and people of colour in STEM. Do explore. Thanks to the Hypatia project for the link.

Women in STEM in the news
Can you help? French teacher seeking internship 22 July - 6 August 2017
WITS has had a request from a French teacher who has an Erasmus grant to come to Dublin this summer. She is interested in an internship in a company or a research lab. She has a master degree and in about to finish a PhD in MRI signal processing. She will do a programme of English lessons. If you can help please email WITS and we'll send on the information.

Dates for your diary
  • 27 April - Launch event for Centre for Gender, Feminism and Sexualities @UCD
  • 5 May - Gender initiatives in STEM education & communication - are they working? Hypatia project, Science Gallery Dublin
  • 5, 6 May ALT Futures Hackathon, Theme: Assisted Living. DLR Lexicon Lab, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Cost is €15 and you can book a place here. 
  • 17-19 May - The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is holding a conference in Amsterdam. You can read about it and register here.
  • 15 July - Soapbox Science Spanish Arch, Galway
  • 22 July - Dublin Maker - Attention all makers, tinkerers, artists, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: A creative carnival of show and tell, is set to take over Merrion Square park and transform it into a spectacular family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. The call for projects is now open.

Gender News

EIGE European Institute of Gender Equality
The Gender Equality Glossary and Thesaurus is a great tool. Explore it here.
There is an excellent briefing paper on the economic benefits of gender equality in the EU here.

Ireland Leading Gender Equality in Higher Education
Good to read Maire Geoghegan-Quinn's post on the review she led of gender equality in Irish higher education. Implementation of the recommendations will change women's experience in STEM for the better. The report can be read here.

The Guardian ran an interesting article about the problem of including a 'token woman' on tech panels. Read it here. 

NWCI news
Congratulations to NWCI on the launch of the It Stops Now campaign. The campaign is a cross European project led by NWCI aimed at Ending Sexual Harassment and Violence in Third Level Education (ESHTE). Have a look at the website and the stats on sexual harassment and violence. Students is your college taking part?

News and Items of Interest

Inspirefest2017 is on from 6-8 July 2017.  Tickets available.

Members' News

Member Profiles
Thanks to Margaret Jordan, Magaly Mora and Jane O'Hara for their member profiles. Read them here.

Do email WITS with a photograph and between 50 and 100 words about yourself to feature in the member profiles. 

We welcome news from members. If you have events, initiatives or just something you think may be of interest to WITS members please email WITS before 20 May 2017 and we'll include it in the next newsletter.
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