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WITSWORDS December 2014
December 2014

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Welcome to WITSWORDS December 2014. 
Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2015. 

 

WITS AGM 6 December

Thanks to all who came to the AGM. It was a most enjoyable meeting with great feedback and discussion from members. The Women in STEM Report 2014 was well received and the Executive was delighted that the WITS Strategy 2015-2017 was overwhelmingly endorsed at the meeting.

The new Executive is: Marion Palmer Chair, Mary Carroll Vice-Chair, Jaine Blayney, Hilda Martin, Vicky Twomey Lee, Andreea Wade, Triona O'Connell, Eithne McCabe, Julie Hogan, Laura Tobin, Marie Barrett, Maria Delaney. Watch out for the photos and bios on the WITS website. Thanks to Sadhbh McCarthy past Chair who stepped down.

The sponsorship of Silicon Republic, The Science Gallery, I
ngenious Ireland and Growth Potential was acknowledged and the organisations thanked. Silicon Republic and The Science Gallery are WITS corporate members for 2015.

Please do take the WITS Members' Survey 2014 here. This will help the Executive plan for 2015. 2014 was about planning for change. 2015 will be about creating change.

WITS was at:
  • HEA pilot Athena SWAN Committee meeting 11 December. This aims to advance the careers of women in STEMM research and academia. For more information click here.

Dates for your diary - WITS events 2015


WITS Executive meeting 7 January 6.30 am Science Gallery
This will be the first meeting of the new WITS Executive.

Thursday 22 January 6.30 pm Helen Sheridan TCD School of Pharmacy will talk on From Caterpillars to Clinical trials - A personal and scientific journey. Helen is a great speaker, she spoke at Soapbox Science in April and this will be an enjoyable talk. Do come along. Booking will open shortly here.
 

STEM News


Gender and Academics
On December 3 the HEA published a breakdown of senior academic posts by gender. This clearly shows that men outnumber women at senior level although overall the balance is 50/50. There is no breakdown by discipline but it raises the question about women at senior levels in STEM/STEMM.

Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) is the association of women from 11 technology companies in Ireland which aims to attract and retain women to the technology sector. They have a video about working in technology here. Please do have a look, CWIT welcomes any feedback either directly or via WITS. 

Girls and making
Intel published a new research findings the MakeHers report. Click on the link to view the infographic, the recommendations, and to download the report. Would anyone be interested in discussing, exploring the report? If you are please email WITS, we would like to put a small group to review these reports and inform members.

 
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