Since 1990, WITS projects made a real difference to the number of women recruited, retained and returned to the STEM workforce.
WITS actively engages in promoting the positive value of STEM to society and in forming and disseminating policy, especially where STEM research and decisions have an impact on women.
This year, WITS has organised a tour of the LIFELOGGING LAB, Science Gallery, Dublin and hosted a talk by Dr Helen Sheridan, TCD School of Pharmacy, who spoke on “From Caterpillars to Clinical trials – A personal and scientific journey”.
In June 2013, WITS honoured the work of Northern Irish astro-physicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell with an event at the the European Parliament office in Dublin (June, 2013) at which she was presented with an original art work inspired by her discovery of pulsars, by the Spanish artist/scientist, Margarita Cimadevila.
WITS NI hosted a schools and public engagement event with the leading NASA JPL engineer, Nagin Cox in April 2013. While Dr Emma Teeling (University College Dublin) helped WITS celebrate International Women’s Day (March 2013) with a STEM on Stage lecture on the bat genome.
In 2011, WITS launched its Lifetime Achievement Awards, honouring Professor Dervilla Donnelly for her significant contribution to the area of technology and science.
All WITS events are publicised through the regular newsletter and social media. Members are also kept up to date on key STEM policies, funding opportunities and external events through the WITS bulletin.