WITSWORDS March 2017
March 2017

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Women in Trinity Science Evening (L to R: Laura Murphy, WITS; Kate Reidy, WITS; Mary Carroll, WITS, Robin Keane, Dublin University General Science Society, Fiona Waters, Dublin University General Science Society) 

WITS Update

Welcome to WITSWORDS March 2017

WITS Speaker Panel - Invitation to join. WITS is regularly contacted by organisations and media outlets seeking speakers or comment on given topics. We want to ensure all WITS members are able to have their expertise and thoughts heard, and are currently compiling a list of WITS members who are interested in being contacted for queries relevant to their specialisation. 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 of expertise. 

WITS Cork 
8 March - International Women's Day Breakfast 

WITS Dublin
13 March - Women in Science Networking event at TCD - featured in University Times 
Julie Hogan and Mary Carroll at Accenture IWD Celebration
WITS was at:
  • 7 March - Royal Irish Academy Presentation of Cunningham Medal to Professor Dervilla Donnelly WITS Honorary Member
  • 8 March - International Women's Day 
    • Accenture's International Women's Day Celebration - WITS showcase
    • 'Women in the City' at the Mansion House Dublin, hosted by Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Rebecca Moynihan
    • Demonware event - featuring Melanie Lynch, founder of Herstory 
  • Mary Carroll spoke on Unconscious Bias at CWIT event at Eir event on 
    March 22nd


Dates for your diary - upcoming WITS events

Wednesday 26th April (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 

Tuesday 2nd May (18:00 - 21:00) - The Entrepreneurship Rollercoaster at PACCAR Theatre, Science Gallery 

Wednesday 18th October (19:30) – WITS Members outing to Josephine K and the Algorithms - special discounted tickets 



Royal Irish Academy Cunningham Medal Presentation 7 March 2017

Recipient of the inaugural WITS Ireland Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), Prof. Dervilla Donnelly, was chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Cunningham Medal, which is awarded once every three years. The Cunningham Medal is the highest honour that the Royal Irish Academy may bestow in recognition of "outstanding contributions to scholarship and the objectives of the academy." Prof. Donnelly, Emeritus Professor of Phytochemistry at UCD, is the first female recipient of the honour. Science journalist Dr. Claire O'Connell wrote a great article on Prof. Donnelly's award here and there is a recording of the fascinating fireside chat interview with Prof. Donnelly at the award ceremony available online. Her depth and breadth of expertise and her management and reform skills have been sought out by national and international organisations within and outside of academia. She supervised over 80 PhD students and several were there to support the recognition of her immense contribution and talent. Professor Dervilla Donnelly is a WITS honorary member and has been a supporter and member of WITS since 1990. Congratulations from all of us at WITS.

The Brain Cafe, The Third Undergraduate Research Conference  NUIG 4 April 2017 

Soapbox Science Galway
The 2017 Galway event will be held on July 15th by the Spanish Arch, with the support of the Galway City Museum 

ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing womENcourage 2017
The annual conference for women in computing takes place in Barcelona Spain from September 6-8, 2017.  The call for posters from all areas of Computer Science is now open. For more information and how to submit click here. Closing date is 30 April 2017 and there are scholarships for students.

Judy Marks, CEO of Siemens USA, writes about the value of STEM in preparing young people for any career

Attention all makers, tinkerers, artists, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: Open Call for Dublin Maker 2017 

Women in STEM in the news

Dates for your diary
  • 29 March - Ada, Ada, Ada - Free interactive show telling the story of Ada Lovelace. Suitable for children age 8 and up
  • 4 April - The Brain Cafe, the Third Undergraduate Research Conference  NUIG 
  • 5 April - It Stops Now Campaign Launch, led by National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Hacking Health – It Takes Guts - Thursday 6th April in Smock Alley Theatre from 8am-4pm
  • 23-29 April - Tech Week supported by the Irish Computer Society.
  • NASA Space Apps Challenge is coming back to Dublin 29-30th 2017 and early bird ticket registration is now available
  • 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 and transform it into a spectacular family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness.

Gender News

Athena Swan awards to UCD and DCU
The Athena Swan charter recognises advancement in gender equality.
Congratulations to UCD and DCU for their institutional Athena Swan Bronze awards awarded on 15 March 2017. Read about the UCD award here and the DCU award here. Congratulation to the University of Limerick's Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences for thei bronze departmental award. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has sponsored the extension of the Athena Swan charter to Ireland as part of its commitment to gender equality in higher edcuation, more here.

Eurostats research finds Ireland compares favourably to other EU countries in terms of gender equality in managerial roles. Two in five Irish managers are women - 4th highest in the EU. Ireland's managerial pay gap is 5th lowest in the EU at 16%, compared to 25% in the UK.  

Science Europe has published a practical guide to Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations, offering guidance on avoiding unconscious bias in peer review processes, monitoring of gender equality and improving grant management practices. 

Path-breaking Women of NUI Galway 1912-1922 and beyond. This exhibition celebrates former female faculty or students who made a contribution to Irish society and includes Alice Perry Ireland's first female engineer. It runs from March to June 2017 in the Hardiman Building Foyer at NUIG.


EuroGender is a shared working space for gender equality, including online discussions, collaborative documents and surveys. 

NWCI news

News and Items of Interest

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

Members' News

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