WITSWORDS February 2017
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WITS at Hidden Figures screenings February 2017
Kate Reidy WITS Executive and Sarah Foudy at the screening of Hidden Figures in Dublin. Congratulations to 20th Century Fox for such a fantastic film celebrating hidden women in STEM and thanks for the screening tickets.

WITS Update

Welcome to WITSWORDS February 2017

WITS Update
Thanks to all who completed the WITS Events survey. We'll present the results next month. Congratulations to Emer O'Brien and Charlotte O'Kelly winners of the Dublin Tech Summit ticket draw. We hope you enjoyed the summit, we did. Congratulations to Dublin Tech Summit for a stimulating event and so good to see so many women at a tech conference.

WITS Cork 
22 February - Science Communication: Why and How 
Bettie Higgs and Niamh Kavanagh shared their insights on how to be a more effective science communicator at this Cork event with 24 in attendance. 

Niamh Kavanagh, Jane O'Hara and Bettie Higgs at Science Communication: Why and How in Cork 

WITS Dublin
28 February - Speed Networking
Don't miss out! WITS is pleased to host this Speed Networking event for women involved or interested in STEM to have some fun while expanding your circles of contacts. 

WITS Policy Subcommittee
10 February - Fianna Fail Policy & Research Officer Aine Doyle met Mary Carroll and Marion Palmer to discuss WITS Action Manifesto and the policy changes
14 February - The WITS Policy Subcommittee met by Skype. Work for 2017 is in progress.

WITS was at:
  • 6-9 Feb Hidden Figures screenings in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway
  • 8 Feb Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat. Screening of the Stemettes documentary Salesforce Offices Dublin
  • 9 Feb UCD Women in Leadership conference - excellent Women in STEM panel chaired by Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain with Marguerite Sayers ESB, Ann O'Dea Silicon Republic.
  • 13, 14 Feb iWish Entrepreneurs Zone WITS speakers
  • 15 Feb UCC Biology Society Women in Science talk UCC
  • 22 Feb Eir Ally workshop Heuston South Quarter attendance

Dates for your diary - WITS events March 2017

13 March - ‘Women in Science’ Networking Evening, TCD 
This is a unique opportunity for students and faculty alike to chat informally and, particularly for students to gain an insight into the world ahead. All science students and students interested in science, from any faculty are welcome to nominate their favourite “Woman in Trinity Science” and attend the event. All female faculty members and members of WITS are invited to attend.

UCD Women in Leadership conference 9 February 2017
WITS and Corporate Member ESB from left to right Bernie O'Connor ESB, Marion Palmer WITS, Marguerite Sayers ESB and Mary Carroll WITS Chair.



Science Capital
Have a look at this animation about Science Capital. It may help explain why STEM is chosen or not. What is your science capital?

Interested in shaping policy? Tips to increase your effectiveness in this Science article

Data analytics: the skills needed in STEM
This conference report of the Royal Statistical Society outlines the need for data scientists, and the skills required 

Career-FIT Career Development Fellowships
Enterprise Ireland invites applicants to its new Marie Skłodowska-Curie cofunded trans-national programme that offers an opportunity for experienced researchers to develop their careers in market focused applied research in Ireland’s Technology Centres. Career-FIT is a postdoctoral fellowship programme, part-funded by Horizon 2020 and part funded by Enterprise Ireland. A key feature of Career-FIT is the opportunity for experienced researchers from outside Ireland to develop their careers in market focused applied research. Application deadline 31 March 2017. 

Dublinis Call for papers

Do you have a project, initiative, company or community that has impacted the tech world in Ireland? Submit your talk, demo or project for consideration by 15 March 2017 and the speakers will be announced by 30 March 2017. Dublinis will take place 23-25 October 2017 in The Round Room @ The Mansion House Dublin. WITS Vice-Chair Vicky Twomey Lee is an ambassador for the event. 

The Brain Cafe, The Third Undergraduate Research Conference  NUIG 4 April 2017 
Calling WITS Ireland NUIG undergraduate student members, present your research, the call for abstracts for the conference is now open

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.

Women in STEM in the news
  • Dr Nora Khaldi was awarded the Woman of the Decade in Business and Leadership Award at the recent Women Economic Forum (WEF) for her work in establishing the Irish medtech start-up Nuritas. Read more here
  • How to get more women into tech - do read the Accenture blog post here. Make sure you scroll down to read the post.

Dates for your diary

Magaly Mora WITS Cork speaking at the UCC Biology Society event 15 February UCC.

Gender News

SFI Gender Strategy 2016-2020 read the strategy here.

Stemettes documentary Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat.
Watch out for this new documentary from Stemettes about The Outbox Incubator project in the summer of 2015.

Women in Leadership 
Herizon is looking for stories of female leadership. If you are a strong female leader or know a strong female leader, an organisation who is tackling gender equality or a company who has introduced gender partnerships, Herizon would love to hear from you. Email Herizon here.

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.


Digest Global Scan 2016 This report looks first at the impact of working in a gender balanced team.  A Gender balanced team is defined as having 40 to 60% men and women.  Key points from the report show that:

  • Gender balanced teams outperform non gender balanced teams by 20% (across the World) and by 15% in Europe. Having a gender balanced team also improves the level of 'wellbeing' by 10% (World) and by 13% (Europe).
  • The number of Doctorates in STEM has risen by 9% (world) 8% (Europe and US) to 37% (World) 38% (Europe & US) in the past 14 years.
  • It highlights that only 48% of women are satisfied with their career management and this is consistent across the world and Europe.  Women are more likely to work part time compared to men and are less likely to avail of flexitime.
  • Thanks to Yvonne Kavanagh of the WITS Policy Subcommittee for this summary.

Women in the Workplace seminar Belfast 5 April 2017 Stormont
This seminar maybe of interest - there is a session on STEM Women returners after career breaks and a report on gender equality in NI is being presented. Places are free, information and to book places is here.

Women Startup Challenge London 3 May 2017
Are you a female founder and want to pitch for funding then this challenge may be for you. Click here to find out more. Applications are open here until 8 March 2017.

Emer O'Brien WITS member winner of the Dublin Tech Summit ticket draw and Marion Palmer WITS Executive at the Dublin Tech Summit 16 February 2017.

NWCI news

News and Items of Interest Inspirefest2017
Inspirefest2017 is on from 6-8 July 2017. 
Tickets available.

Members' News

Gender Gap on Wikipedia
To celebrate International Women's Day, Wikimedia Community Ireland are supporting events in Maynooth and Galway during the first week of March. These events teach new editors how to begin to contribute to Wikipedia, whilst focusing on content that aims to tackle the Gender Gap on Wikipedia.
The event in Maynooth will take place on 8th March, with the event details available here.
On 9th March in NUI Galway a second event will take place, with more details here.
Thanks to Rebecca O'Neill for news of these events.

Member Profiles
Don't forget to think about sending your profile to feature on the WITS website. Email WITS with a photograph and between 50 and 100 words about yourself.

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 March 2017 and we'll include it in the next newsletter.
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