WITS Newsletter March 2014
March 2014

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This is our second newsletter in 2014.

unFAIL unconference now on Saturday 26 April at The Science Gallery. Click here for more information.

The Executive has met on 11 January, 1 February and 27 February. We are reviewing WITS strategy and planning for the year. We'll keep you posted. Please email WITS with any suggestions, ideas or notes for the newsletter.

WITS will be at:
7 March 2014 Accenture International Womens' Day breakfast event at the RDS. WITS will be part of the Tech Showcase. Come and see us. 

WITS was at:

21 February 2014 Silicon Republic Future Jobs Forum Dublin Convention Centre. Mary Carroll attended and notes the big theme was need to fill Ireland's skills gap. Sue Black gave great talk on her initiative #techmums, getting mums interested in computers and coding as a way if getting their kids onboard. She's looking for people to set it up here. 


Membership renewal

Thank you if you have renewed your membership for 2014. Please click here to renew your membership. We rely on membership to fund WITS activities.

Corporate membership recruitment is starting for 2014. Please email if your organisation would be interested in being a corporate member.

Science and Technology News

SFI Advance Award Programme - 2014 Women in Science
SFI has announced the Advance Award Programme is to provide female postdoctoral researchers with an opportunity to remain in, or return to, high-quality research. Full details are available on the SFI website at  also WITS has tweeted about this opportunity.

L'Oreal Women in Science Fellowships
Applications now open and close on 14 March. WITS will have application forms at the IWD event on 7 March. Email WITS if you would like a form. All information here.

WITS collaborator at EU Innovation Convention March 2014
Congratulations to Margarita Cimadevila coordinator of arSciencia on being invited to present her exhibition Ciencia ex Aequo at the EU Innovation Convention in Brussels this March 2014. WITS presented Jocelyn Bell Burnell with Pulsares an original artwork by Magarita last June.

TCD School of Physics awarded IOP Juno Practitioner Status
Please see Eithne McCabe's note on this noteworthy achievement. Thank you Eithne.

EPWS European Platform of Women Scientists March 2014 Newsletter available here.

Dates for your diary


WITS Networking Event March/April 2014

WITS first networking event will be a visit to the FAIL BETTER exhibition at the Science Gallery. We hope to have a tour led by one of the Science gallery team and then a chance to chat and get to know other WITS members. Details to follow.

WITS as part of #wearehere collective unconference 26 April 2014

WITS is partnering with the #wearehere collective to run an unconference unFAIL on Saturday 26 April at the Science Gallery, this is the closing weekend of the FAIL BETTER exhibition. Topics will be attendees' own experiences through failure and how they got through it. There will be a fee to cover costs. Information to follow. Thanks to Executive members Andreea Wade and Vicky Twomey-Lee.

WITS supporting Soapbox Science Dublin 26 April 2014

Natalie Cooper is organising Soapbox Science at TCD on Saturday 26 April. Information to follow. Thanks to Executive member Triona O'Connell.

Women in Physics Day-Ireland

Queen's University Belfast and the Institute of Physics  invite you to a day dedicated to celebrate women in physics on Wednesday 19 March at Whitla Hall, QUB. For more information click here.


“Double X” Women into Leadership  1 day Workshop 
26th March 2014  Beacon Hotel, Sandyford, Co Dublin
For more information, see or contact Mary Carroll at 087 9933451

Female friendly coding workshops 
Coding Grace runs regular female friendly workshops. Click here to see the schedule and book.

Please email WITS if you know of any workshops/seminars that members would find useful.

TCD School of Physics Awarded Juno Practitioner Status

Trinity College Dublin’s Physics Department has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for taking action to address gender inequities across its student and staff body. Seeking to redress the long-standing issue of there being too few women at the highest levels of physics academia in Ireland and the UK, Trinity’s physics department joined Project Juno to demonstrate its commitment and has now been recognised for its best practice.  

Professor in Physics at Trinity, Eithne McCabe, said: "Trinity College Dublin School of Physics has made the increased participation of women in physics a key priority and is delighted to be awarded Juno Practitioner status. We recognise how improving the numbers, retention rate, profile and culture for female physicists will impact positively on the Irish economy as a whole and we feel we have an important role to play in this.”

To achieve the new status, Trinity’s School of Physics has demonstrated progression against a range of Juno principles set up to improve the working culture by, for example, introducing more flexible working arrangements, or allowing for a more transparent organisational structure. The School’s Juno activities fit within TCD’s commitment to INTEGER and to WiSER directed by Professor Eileen Drew. This is an FP7-funded project  developing and implementing Gender Action Plans to create sustainable transformational change in research and higher education institutions, to improve the career progression of women scientific researchers. The Gender Action Plans set out how each institution can better use its resources, its partnerships, and harness its research and academic staff in order to optimise their scientific excellence.
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