Women in Technology and Science

Girls into Geoscience

  • 7 October 2018

Girls into Geoscience Ireland is happening again and we invite you to take part!

The first ever Girls into Geoscience Ireland event was held in the School of BEE’s at University College Cork earlier this year, led by Dr Maria McNamara (UCC) and Dr Fergus McAuliffe (iCRAG). The workshop was a great success with inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and speed-dating. The aim of the event was to introduce female secondary and early stage university undergraduates to Earth sciences. You can read what attendees have to say below and see all the highlights from the event on our website post and the iCRAG website.

With the inaugural event being so successful, we are running the event again and invite you to get involved…

When and Where is the next GiG Ireland event?

The next GiG Ireland event is taking on Saturday, November 10th 2018 from 10am-4pm in NUI Galway, in collaboration with Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS), the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) and the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI).

The aim of the event is to introduce female secondary and early stage university undergraduates to Earth sciences.

Find out more about the event & book your place now!

How can you get involved this year?

We are currently recruiting volunteers to chat with attendees during our “Ask a geoscientist” speed-dating session as well as during coffee and lunch breaks. It’s a great opportunity to meet some young, brilliant minds and discuss the many opportunities available to them in geoscience. If you are interested in volunteering for the day, please email Irish Association for Women in Geosciences IAW.

What if I can’t attend on the day but want to be involved?

If you can't get involved directly, don't worry you can still help! Help us spread the word! All details of the event will be posted on the Girls into Geoscience Ireland, iCRAG and IAWG websites as they are confirmed and we will be using all our social media platforms so please help us extend our reach.

Thank you

The IAWG Team

March 2018:

The inaugural Girls into Geoscience – Ireland event took place on March 10th at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science in University College Cork. The exciting one day event was specifically designed to introduce female school (Senior Cycle) and first year university students to Earth Sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to geoscience graduates today. You can read more about the event on the iCRAG website.

Key outcomes

100% of attendees said that following the Girls into Geoscience event that they were more likely to consider studying geoscience at university. All attendees indicated that the event should be run again.

Selected quotes from attendees:

"I really enjoyed hearing the vast job opportunities by working in geology and it was inspiring to hear from successful women"

“I loved it was for girls. Made me feel more confident that it's possible to do science as a girl”

“I wasn't completely sure before but now I'm certain to put BEES as my no 1 form choice”

“The casual chat and motivation given to us by the speakers to pursue careers that interest us despite our gender”

“Really informative and calmed my nerves about being unsure about my career plans”

"Really helped me decide that I'd like to do this as a course"

Email Irish Association for Women in Geosciences IAWG for more.