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WITS Newsletter September 2014
September 2014

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Welcome to the October 2014 WITS newsletter.

It has been a busy month for WITS. There were three WITS events - the meeting skills workshop on 24 September, the media skills workshop on 11 October and the unveiling of Matilda Knowles plaque at the Botanic Gardens on 12 October. WITS attended the Women Mean Business Awards on 6 October, the Women's Fund philanthropy event on 14 October and was well represented in Ireland's Talented 38 Technology Women list issued on 10 October.

Matilda Knowles' plaque was unveiled by Eanna ni Lamhna on Sunday 12 November. The plaque (in the photo) is on the wall of the Herbarium at the Botanic Gardens. Do look for it next time you are there. Thanks to Eanna, Caitriona Lambert WITS member of the Science and Technology plaques committee who did all the work organising the plaque and its placement and Mary Mulvihill for all the press work. Hope you saw the articles in the Irish Times and Silicon Republic. For more photos and the WITS press release click here.

The WITS training workshops went well. The participants at the meeting skills workshop found it a 'very enjoyable and useful session with a good exchange of ideas and experience'. The Media Skills workshop was very good training in terms of how the media works and telling a story. Great advice and plent of practice, thanks Ingenious Ireland. If you have any events you'd like to run for WITS members or any events open to WITS members please email WITS.

WITS Chair Marion Palmer was shortlisted for the Woman in Technology award at the Women Mean Business awards. Congratulations to Leonora O'Brien of Pharmapod winner of the WMB Woman in Technology award 2014.

Ireland's Talented 38 Technology Women 2014
WITS was well represented in this list by John Breslin founder of boards.ie. This is the third year of the list. WITS members Andreea Wade, Sadhbh McCarthy, Triona O'Connell, Niamh Shaw and Vicky Twomey Lee are on the list, congratulations to you all.

For more about Sadbh McCarthy's work and the Centre for Irish and European Security click here.


The Women's Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland has been supporting women's issues in Ireland since 2010. Click here to hear from organisations such as Women for Election, Saol and Ruhama how the fund has supported their work.

WITS was at the Engineers Ireland Engineering the Future career event for girls at Dublin Castle on 8 October. Niamh Shaw WITS member was great speaker, for more about the event click here.

Dates for your diary - WITS events 2014

 

November

WITS Strategy members' briefing Tuesday 11 November 6.30 pm Science Gallery
Mary Carroll WITS Vice-Chair will present the draft WITS strategy developed by the Executive. Now we need to know what you think. Come along and help develop and refine it. The final strategy will be presented for approval at the AGM in December.
 

December

WITS AGM  Saturday 6 December 2014 10 am Science Gallery
The official notice for the AGM will be circulated on 25 October. This year we'd like to do a Women in STEM Annual Report. Please email WITS with any news either celebrations or gaps for the report.

STEM News

 

Irish Women in STEM Editathon - Ada Lovelace Day 2014

  • Where? Science Gallery Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2
  • When? 2 November 2014 from 2:00pm until 5:00pm
  • How? Registration via Eventbrite (required)
Come along and help Rebecca O'Neill and colleagues improve Wikipedia articles on Irish women in STEM. Matilda Knowles is among the list of articles to be developed. Many of the suggested names are in either Stars, Shells and Bluebells or Lab Coats and Lace. To find out more click here.

The Web Summit takes place in Dublin from 4-6 November. There is a Women in Technology event. Look out for an update in the next newsletter.

Science Hack Day Dublin takes place in UCD on 15 and 16 November. For more information click here. Science Hack Day is a 36 hr hardware and software hackaton; a social event with creativity and love of science at its heart.  Each year it brings together coders, designers, scientists, engineers and makers simply to make interesting things.
 

Celebrating STEM

EU Code Week took place from 11-15 October. There were over 500 events in Ireland. Maths Week was on from 11-19 October and there was strong participation from primary schools as well as maths puzzles in the Irish Times.
Science week is on from 9-16 November. The theme is The Power of Science. For more information click here.

 

Irish Students Google Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow won the Google Science Fair 15 to 16  age category with their project  Combating the Global Food Crisis: Diazotoph bacteria as a cereal crop growth promoter. The have also have been listed among the world's most influential teens by Time.
 

Inspirational Women in Science podcasts and poster series

The Open University has compiled podcasts and of posters of inspiring women in science. These include Rosalind Franklin, Caroline Hershel, Marie Curie and Jane Goodall.
 

International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology

Click on the link to get to the new issue http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset

STEM volunteers for school visits
Thanks for responding to the call for volunteers.

WITS Members News

 

Female friendly coding workshops

Vicky Twomey Lee @whykay runs regular female friendly coding workshop via Coding Grace. There is a newsletter and either link has the current list of coding workshops. Vicky also runs Py Ladies Dublin and is an active member of the Python community. Her work in developing the female coding community has been recognised by Silicon Republic as she is one of the top 100 women in STEM and most recently as one of Ireland's Talented 38 Women in Technology. Here are two events that may be of interest.
 
An evening learning AngularJS
Mon 10th November (18:30 - 21:00)
Venue: Adverts.ie (4th Floor), 19 / 22 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Level: Intermediate
 
PyLadies Dublin @ AOL
Tue 21st Oct (18:00 - 21:00)
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