WITSWORDS December 2016
December 2016

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#Womenon Walls Accenture, RIA 7 December 2016
Accenture portrait of eight women scientists by Blaise Smith unveiled by An Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald at the Royal Irish Academy 7 December 2016.

WITS Update

Welcome to WITSWORDS December 2016.
Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017 to all our members. 


Dates for your diary - WITS events January 2017

Tuesday 17 January 2017 6 pm Science Gallery Dublin The Imposter Syndrome
Pauline Sargent of DigiWomen and WITS member is running her excellent Imposter Syndrome workshop. Book your place now here.


WITS Executive 2017

WITS is delighted to announce the 2017 Executive elected at the WITS AGM on 10 December 2016 at Science Gallery Dublin. We welcome Mary Carroll as WITS Chair 2017 with Vicky Twomey Lee Vice Chair and Julie Hogan Secretary and Marie Barrett Treasurer. Twelve Executive members were elected by the meeting - Lisa Cavern, Lara Cutlar, Maria Delaney, Anne-Marie Flaherty, Belinda Grehan, Eithne McCabe, Oonagh Monahan (Sligo), Jane O’Hara, Marion Palmer, Kate Reidy, Sandra Riordan (Galway) and Laura Tobin.    

Marion Palmer WITS Chair 2016 was thanked for her work as chair from 2013-2016. Marion has become a 2017 WITS Executive member. Jaine Blayney has stepped down as an Executive member and Jaine was thanked for her work on the Executive, especially for her work on the WITS website.
Mary Carroll presented a gift to thank Marion for her work as Chair.

WITS Events and other news
29 November Be Your Own Recruiter
Thanks to Sinead Cullen of Life Science Recruitment for her talk Be Your Own Recruiter for STEM students and graduates at Science Gallery Dublin. She gave excellent advice about CVs, LinedIn and exploring careers in STEM.

7 December #WomenonWalls Portrait unveiling Royal Irish Academy
Marion Palmer, Mary Carroll, WITS honorary member Professor Dervlilla Donnelly and Pauline McCaffrey Accenture were delighted to be at the unveiling of the #WomenonWalls portraits at the Royal Irish Academy. The modern scientists portrait is at the start of the newsletter. Do call into the RIA 19 Dawson Street to see the portraits. The photo shows Mary Carroll and Pauline McCaffrey at the event.

8 December WITS Social Gathering Cork  
Jane O'Hara and WITS members gathered in Cork to celebrate the festive season with a social event. Thanks to Jane and Margaret Jordan for organising the event. 

15 December Why Women are Essential to STEM
WITS recently partnered with Mediaplanet UKI on the Diversity & Inclusion Campaign in The Irish Independent newspaper and online #DiversityInclusivity. Read what Marion Palmer and thought leaders say about women in STEM and learn more about the importance of creating an inclusive workplace. It's good WITS is part of the supplement.


Science Communication Conference Sci:Com 7 December 2016 Dublin
Sci:Com was the second annual event for science communicators in Ireland and the theme was Tackling Tricky Issues in Science Communication. The conference is aimed at people who work in or are interested in #scicomm. The keynote speaker was Pulitzer-prize winning author and science journalist Deborah Blum from the USA. Sci:Com will be held again next year, so look out for a chance to attend. Thanks to Jane O'Hara WITS 2017 Exec for this update.

Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award for Science Journalism
Just a reminder to third level students to work on your entries for the Mary Mulvihill Memorial Awards. Develop your work on women in science and submit it one or before March 2017. More information here.

The Women4Tech Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge
4 Years From Now (4YFN) will be at the Mobile World Congress on 27 February - 1 March 2017 in Barcelona with The Women4Tech Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge. If you develop HR management tools, digital awareness tools or work-life balance apps apply now to take part here.  For further info and updates, follow 4FYN on Twitter and Facebook

Dates for your diary

Gender News

National Women's Strategy Consultation January 2017
Public consultation on the new National Women's Strategy is now open. Do read about the consultation and the consultation paper here. There are public consultation meetings in Sligo, Athlone and Dublin after Christmas you can register here. WITS will be making a submission based on our Action Manifesto.

News and Items of Interest
Inspirefest2017 is running from 6-8 July 2017.
It is an amazing festival of technology, science, design and the arts, which places diversity and inclusion at the centre. New speakers to the list are Leanne Kemp, founder & CEO, Everledger, Bart Weetjens, founder, APOPO, Anne-Marie Tomchak, UK editor, Mashable and Eimear Noone, composer, World of WarcraftTickets here.

Dr Phyllis Clinch UCD specialist in plant viruses. Elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 1949, one of the first female members of the RIA. Portrait by Vera Klute unveiled by An Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald on 7 December 2016, #WomenonWalls Accenture and the Royal Irish Academy.

Members' News

Science Gallery Dublin 2017 Programme
Congratulations to Science Gallery Dublin WITS Corporate member on their excellent 2017 programme. Find out more here.

An Cosán Science Week 2016 Workshop
An Cosán welcomed a WITS-hosted STEM workshop during Science Week 2016. The workshop was facilitated by WITS executive committee member Belinda Grehan. There were six different interactive science-based demonstrations. WITS was delighted to receive great feedback from the workshop participants and is very grateful for their enthusiastic involvement on the day. A special thanks is due to Sinéad Kelly, Education Programme Coordinator, Deirdre Bannon, Educator, and Maura McMahon, CEO at An Cosán. Thanks to Belinda Grehan for running the workshop on behalf of WITS.

SciFest Update
Thanks to Sheila Porter WITS member for the latest SciFest Ezine. Congratulations to Caolann Brady of St Wolstan's Community School Celbridge on being the first event female winner of the SciFest national title.

We welcome news from members. If you have events, initiatives or just something you think of interest to WITS members please email WITS by 10 January 2017 and we'll include it in the next newsletter.
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