WITSWORDS November  2015
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Welcome to WITSWORDS November 2015.

WITS 25 3 November 2015 The Mary Mulvihill lecture
WITS members and friends celebrated twenty five years of WITS at The CHQ. Lady Alicia Clements of Birr Castle gave the first Mary Mulvihill lecture The Path to STEM. Alicia was an insiring speaker and had known Mary well. Thank you Alicia. Thanks to Dogpatch Labs for hosting the event and to Vicky Twomey Lee (WITS), Liz McCarthy and James Keating (Dogpatch Labs). We'll have more photos at the AGM.


WITS AGM 5 December 2015

5 December WITS 2015 AGM at the Science Gallery. 
Come along to our Annual General Meering and see what WITS has done this year. We start with tea, coffee at 10.30 am. The meeting starts at 11 am and we end with a light lunch and networking from 1-2pm. Book your place here.

WITS @ Web Summit
WITS was well represented at the Web Summit - hope you enjoyed the tweets. Here's Niamh Shaw's highlights and a photograph- thank you Niamh.
So difficult to nail down my highlights of the Web summit, but I think hearing the head of Pixar Dr. Ed Catmull talk on Centre Stage, about the importance of creativity and how Disney was revolutionised when it re-engaged with a culture of creativity within the organisation.
My second highlight was realising how much the creativity flag was being flown across the different summits. I had imagined that the programme of speakers would be mainly aimed technology advancements, but I was very encouraged to see to see a consistent thread of engaging Art in innovation in many of the discussions.  But I’ll certainly be making an effort to go to Lisbon next year, particularly since I have a free ticket as part of the Women in Tech initiative.

Science Hackday Dublin 14, 15 November
Women were 36% of the participants and 60% of the judges at the
36 hour software and hardware hackathon Science Hackday Dublin in UCD on 14, 15 November. it was great fun. Arial Waldman who spoke at Inspirefest2015 was one of the judges as was WITS chair Marion Palmer and science journalist Claire O'Connell. Congratulations to Laura Tobin and team whose laser maze won the People's Choice Award. Thanks to David McKeown and the team for a great event.


Launch of Successor to Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation
The launch of the new Strategy is by An Taoiseach at the Innovation EXPO in the Convention Centre in Dublin on 8 December. We hope the new strategy is more female friendly.

Date for your diary
1 December 2015 6 pm RIA Academy Discourse: Tabletop x-ray lasers: from Star Wars to nanotechnology by Professor Margaret Murnane. Book your ticket here.  There is a €5/€3 fee.
Reach school students all over the country in I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer
The online outreach competitions I'm a Scientist and I'm an Engineer are inviting members of WITS to apply! Over two weeks, you get to talk with school students at and, answering their questions and talking directly with them in chatroom-style live chats. The students then vote for their favourites to win €500 for the winner to use on more outreach activities!
Using the site, you'll talk to students about everything from your personal career and your latest projects, to where bogies come from and whether dogs can dream. It's a novel and exciting way to develop your communication skills, gain a fresh perspective on your work and become a STEM role model for students. For many you will be the first scientist or engineer they have met!
Everything happens online, so you can do all this from your laptop at work, from your phone on the train, or anywhere in between.
To apply, you just need a one sentence description of your work:
Engineers! Apply now and
Scientists! Apply now and
For more information please contact or call +44 (0)1225 326 892. You can also see what happen in the recent events from November 2015:

Gender news

The last newsletter from Science It's a Girl thing is here. The campaign Science: it's a girl thing! is handing over its work to Hypatia, a project funded through Horizon 2020 - the EU framework programme for research and innovation. We'll keep you posted. 

Thanks to UCC for information on GENOVATE its new international gender equality project. 
Do keep an eye on the Inspirefest2016 website. The list of speakers is updated regularly.  #inspirefest2016.

Membership 2016

WITS membership is now due for 2016. Membership fees for 2016 will remain the same as for 2015. Renew your membership here.
Membership is:
  • €40 for ordinary members. 
  • €15 for retire, unemployed and students (voting members).
  • €0 for student affiliate members.
We will be sending email reminders later this week. Your membership fee supports WITS activities and our free student affiliate membership. Thank you for your support this year.

Members' News

Congratulations to our corporate member Silicon Republic. They won the best Science and Technology Website at the Web Awards 2015 last October.

STEM gifts for Christmas - thanks to Silicon Republic for a great list of STEM inspired gifts for Christmas for children of all ages. we like the Women in Science card game. There's also a great list of techie gifts.
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.
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