WITS News 14 July 2020
- 14 July 2020
- 20 July 2020 @ 5 pm Racism, science and society Q&A with journalist Angela Saini. Book your place. More information.
- 28 July 2020 @ 8 pm. WITS Reads discusses Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez.
- 18 August 2020 (for three Tuesdays) Salary Negotiation Workshops with Gendelity. To enter the draw for two WITS free places email firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm that you are a WITS 2020 member or work at a WITS corporate member. To book a place at the WITS discount rate please email email@example.com to request the code. Booking link.
- WITS 30th anniversary survey. Calling WITS members, please help plan this event by taking this very short survey. Thank you.
- This year Soapbox Science brought top female academics to their soapboxes to talk science with the public online.. Congratulations to Laura Murphy and Fatemah Golpayegani for their wonderful talks on 11 July 2020 as part of the online Soapbox Science Dublin. Illustrations by Francesca Tiley @FrancescaTiley.
- Future Human 29-20 October 2020, Dublin > Online > The World, World's first major Hybrid tech event! Online tickets now available. Future Human returns as a live event in 2021.
Working from home
- National remote working public consultation launched by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI). Full details are available on the DBEI website. Closing date for submissions is 7 August 2020.
- The DBEI has published a webpage on Guidance for Working Remotely during COVID-19.
- Three great issues from Scope the career newsletter of Silicon Republic on remote working.
Women in STEM
- UCD Women in STEM have launched “Tip in a Tab”, a brand-new initiative designed to provide advice on different aspects of career choices and development. Co-Chair Dr. Luana Schito provides some useful tips on how to practice an elevator pitch.
- UCD Women in STEM Twitter series Born on this day features historical women in STEM. Congratulations on such a celebration of our scientific grandmothers. Good reading.
- European Council Prize. Professor Anna Davies won the Online and Social Media category for her ERC-funded project, SHARECITY, which studies urban food-sharing practices.
- Two Irish entrepreneurs shortlisted for leading innovators prize. Dr Anita Finnegan of Nova Leah and Ailbhe Keane of Izzy Wheels are among the finalists The first and only other Irish finalist in the EU Prize for Women Innovators to date is Sarah Bourke, chief executive of spacetech company Skytek, who won third prize in 2016. Winners to be announced in September.
- UCD student’s research takes down an 80-million image artificial intelligence database. The research by PhD student Abeba Birhane of UCD and SFI software research centre Lero found that hundreds of millions of images in academic datasets that are used to develop AI systems and applications are partly based on racist and misogynistic labels and slurs. From Silicon Republic.
- Across the board, female students report less confidence in STEM fields than their male counterparts. The latest Mastercard study takes a look at what motivates learning and how we can use that knowledge to close the gender gap.
- The #COVID19 crisis continues to reveal our society’s reliance on women, both on the front line and at home, and expose structural inequalities. From UN Women. Well worth exploring
- From Naomi O’Leary on Twitter. What kind of activities are most risky for Covid-19 infection and which the least? Here is a helpful ranking. The key risk factors are: 1) Enclosed space 2) Duration of interaction 3) Crowds 4) Forceful exhalation. Image from Zeke Emmanuel.
- Fascinating new weekly Unravelling Science podcast series with Irish research scientists. Dr Megan Hanlon delves into the world of scientific research and listens to the stories that shaped the science. Great range of speakers
- DCU announces STEM education chair. It will be the first in Ireland to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education at primary level and in early childhood education and will be based at DCU’s Institute of Education.
- Scientific research and innovation activity is as prone to gender bias and a lack of diversity as any other field. SFI is is taking direct action to address diversity at all levels of the innovation process.
- Women in Leadership podcast. Listen to Dr Michelle Cullen a familiar name to anyone who follows equality and particularly gender equality initiatives and issues in Ireland. Dr Cullen is a Managing Director in Accenture in Ireland. Accenture is a corporate member or WITS.
- University of Limerick appoints first female university president. We wish Professor Kerstin Mey all the best in her new role.
- Social media has become a frontier for activists to organize and allies to join the fight for equality and justice. Here are 12 online movements about women's rights that inspire our activism. From UNWomen via Twitter.
- Including Everyone on the Journey. From Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison “Diversity is a fact...inclusion is a behaviour.....engagement is an emotion.”
- Am I mansplaining? A handy flow chart is below. From Dr Michael Flood via Twitter.