Women in Technology and Science

What we do

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. We do this by advocating for change, acting with our members and connecting people studying and working in STEM.



WITS executive member Anne Marie Flaherty kicking back before speaking at WorldCon 2019


  • All WITS events are publicised through regular newsletter and social media updates. Members are also kept up to date on key STEM policies, funding opportunities and external events through WITSWORDS, the WITS newsletter.
  • Sharing experiences with those starting out in STEM at 3rd level or early careers events.
  • Sharing opportunities from corporate member Johnson & Johnson for returning to work at International Women in Engineering Day in Cork in June 2019
  • Putting the 'A' from Arts into STE(A)M at Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr from Heather Massie in June 2018
  • Hosting speakers like Dr Helen Sheridan, TCD School of Pharmacy, who spoke in 2015 on "From Caterpillars to Clinical trials - A personal and scientific journey".


WITS would like to introduce their four-part action manifesto*. These actions are vital to improving gender balance in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), and encouraging women to consider STEM careers.

WITS would like to introduce policy changes we would like to see for STEM and women in Ireland

On 12 October 2014 a plaque was unveiled to Matilda Knowles, the renowned natural scientist, at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Born in Cullybackey, Co Antrim, Knowles was the authority on Irish lichens, identifying hundreds of species across the...

Members of WITS receive, by email, a monthly newsletter containing information on upcoming science and technology events, funding schemes and research projects.

On June 2013, WITS with the European Parliament office in Dublin co-hosted a unique event to honour the work of Professor Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars as a graduate student in Cambridge. The event also considered the influence of her work...

WITS presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement award at a gala ball in Dublin on Saturday June 25th 2011, in recognition of the significant contribution made by Irish women in the area of technology and science.