- Dr Marion Palmer is Head of the Department of Technology and Psychology at IADT and chair of the Institute’s Teaching and Learning Committee. Her research interests are teaching, assessment and technology enhanced learning and she researched teaching in Irish Institutes of Technology for her EdD. Marion was a NAIRTL Award of Teaching Excellence winner for 2011. Prior to joining IADT Marion was a science teacher for twenty years and taught in schools in London and Dublin. She also worked in curriculum development for the NCCA. Marion joined WITS at its inception in 1990 and is now chair. Marion tweets @mpalmeriadt
- Mary Carroll is a Business Strategist and Coach, who started her career in Design Engineering and has held senior management roles in Engineering and Business Development. She has also worked for international aid organisations. Mary now helps individuals and organisations to grow through her business www.growthpotential.ie and has developed “Double X” (www.doublex.ie), supporting organisations in benefiting from all their talent. She enjoys treading the boards, skiing and catching up with old friends.
- Dr Jaine Blayney studied Mathematics at the University of Oxford, then undertook a MSc and PhD in Bioinformatics at the University of Ulster. This was followed by bioinformatics post-doctoral research at University of Ulster and Queen’s University of Belfast. She is currently a Lecturer in Computational Biology at the University of Ulster with the Stratified Medicine Centre. She is a part-time film extra and organiser of cultural events.
- Vicky Twomey-Lee is a software engineer, but can be found nowadays organising community tech workshops and events with a focus on advocating diversity in the tech community. She has manages the Python Ireland  user group since mid-May 2005, and chaired four annual Irish Python conference, PyCon Ireland . She was nominated and became a member of the Python Software Foundation  in 2012, and also became a board member of the EuroPython Society  that year. She launched PyLadies Dublin  in October 2013 and is the main organiser. She co-founded and is also the main organiser of Coding Grace , which runs language agnostic, diversity-friendly workshops and events. Games has always been in her interests, so much so, she co-founded GameCraft Foundation  to run community game jams so people can “Connect, Create, Collaborate”. Her focus to bring like-minded people together, grow, learn and support each other. You can find her on Twitter: @whykay
- Professor Eithne McCabe, M.A.(Oxon), D.Phil.(Oxon), B.E.(NUI), FTCD, F.Inst.P.,C.Phys., is Professor in the School of Physics and Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. She was formerly Fellow and lecturer at Magdalen College, Oxford and Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff and later Consultant, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill Laboratory, New Jersey, USA. She has served the College and wider national and international community on numerous committees including Finance, Personnel and Appointments, Equality, Institute of Physics Juno assessment panel and IOP Women in Physics Group committee.
- A freelance science and health journalist, Maria Delaney is a passionate science communicator. Co-curator of the best-selling book “A Neutron Walks into a Bar” and an award-winning science blogger, she regularly writes for The Sunday Times and The Irish Times. She is hoping to help change the gender inequality that still resides in both STEM and the media. Maria tweets @mhdelaney and her portfolio is online at mhdelaney.com.
- Julie Hogan studied Electronics Engineering in NIHE Limerick, and has been working in R&D for the past 26 years in Ireland and abroad. Currently she runs a small R&D team in Memjet Ireland, Dublin, with a team of 13 scientists and engineers (4 of whom are women) working on digital print engine controller design and MEMS printhead design. Her current role combines technical, project management and management responsibilities, and she has previously worked in all three areas at different times for ARM in Cambridge, ParthusCeva in Dublin, Silicon and Software Systems (S3) in Dublin and AT&T in Bray with secondments to the Netherlands and Australia.
- Laura is a PhD candidate in optical engineering at UCD and a graduate of the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy. She is actively involved in education, outreach and public engagement; including Dublin Maker (co-organiser), the UCD Student Chapter, SPIE Education & Future Leaders Committee and International Year of Light, Ireland. Laura is also the inaugural winner of the UCD CleanWeb Sprint award and I’m an Engineer, Energy Zone winner.
- Marie Barrett
- Lara Cutlar completed her PhD at UCD in the summer of 2015, and is continuing that work on a non-viral gene therapy for a terrible skin fragility condition, called Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB) at the Charles Institute of Dermatology. She works with polymers, which also have really long names and bacteria to make a DNA delivery system for the skin of people with RDEB. Her past positions include those at the Health Research Board (HRB) and Quintiles. She is an active member of the Research Staff Association (RSA) in UCD, fundraises for DEBRA Ireland, and actively pursues the dissemination of how awesome science is. She tweets at @cuttyla.
- Kate Reidy is a JS undergraduate and Foundation Scholar of TCD studying Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials (NPCAM). She is heavily involved in science communication and outreach within the college as Editor of the Trinity Student Scientific Review Journal and has also worked with the City of Physics campaign and tutoring students at the Physics Help Room. She loves to travel and has completed research internships both in TCD and internationally, in Aarhus University, Denmark and Kazan, Russia. Her main research interests are in nanotechnology and novel materials and hopes to pursue a PhD after graduating. She is a recipient of the Women in Physics scholarship, TCD and is passionate about promoting WITs among the college and wider community.
- Lisa Cavern is a postgraduate student of Computing and Software Development at DIT, currently working on her final project: an online grammar practice game for primary school students. As an educator Lisa has taught in a range of contexts including primary schools, adult education centres, coding workshops and outdoor schools. Lisa loves learning and sharing the why and how of the world around us and is passionate about promoting equality in the sciences and technology.
- Rebecca O'Neill is a PhD candidate in Digital Media at the University of Hull researching the intersection of crowd curated projects such as Wikipedia and "traditional" curation in museums, galleries, and archives. Having worked in the Natural History Museum for a number of years, she has a particular interest in the history of science and technology in Ireland. She serves on the National Committee for Commemorative Plaques for Science and Technology for WITS, focusing on the representation of women as well as the Committee's online presence.
- Nicaise Ishimwe: From basic scientific studies in Africa, Nicaise developed a strong passion for technology and innovation. This led her to pursue telecommunications engineering studies in France and a career as an IT professional in the transportation sector first in France, and then Ireland, where she works for Emovis Tech as an Applications QA Engineer. Nicaise is currently leading the Ireland chapter of Women in Tech Africa. She also co-initiated WeForAfrica, an initiative aimed at developing platforms to enable African diaspora members to network by area of expertise and share insights on their potential contribution to their home communities’ development. Nicaise is also an MBA student, currently doing a research thesis on workplace gender diversity in tech companies.
Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers in the EU: Written by young researchers, this calls on the EC and Member States to recognise the special role that young researchers play. "There is an urgent need to widen participation in European research with regard to gender, ethnic background, disability, etc." Bratislava Declaration.
UPCOMING WITS EVENTS
WITS Students: UCD, WITS Pizza Party: 29th September 2016
WITS Sligo: WITS in Academia: 4th Oct 2016, IT Sligo
- Women Write Better Code! Posted on: Feb 13th, 2016
- Startups 101 for Students Posted on: Feb 5th, 2016
- Stories In Sound – Jocelyn And The Radio Star, Sunday 7 February, BBC Radio Ulster, 12.30pm Posted on: Feb 5th, 2016