Women in STEM Summit 2024

in association with

Addressing the STEM shortage in Ireland to meet the needs of industry

13 March 2024

Croke Park, Dublin


13 March 2024
Croke Park, Dublin
2024 Agenda and Speakers information coming soon

About Women in STEM Summit 2024

Initiatives to address the shortage of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations have gained momentum in recent years, resulting in significant improvements in some STEM-related fields. However given Ireland’s rooted tech dominance, it is unsurprising that prioritising a sustainable approach to STEM is an ongoing effort for successive Irish governments in order to address demand outstripping supply of tech workers. 

Demand for STEM skills is expected to grow by 8% to 2025. The number of multinational tech giants establishing or expanding an Irish presence ahead of its EU neighbours places extra pressure on the local talent pool. One of the government’s key considerations is to target females with long-term recruitment and retainment policies, with a view to making STEM industries more attractive. However 46% of science, engineering and tech companies are struggling to fill key roles and 64% reporting that talent deficits are a critical concern for employers. How can we plug the gaps?

In the workplace, 25% of jobs that require STEM skills are undertaken by women – but notably with an even greater under-representation of female senior executives at management levels. One recent study showed that by boosting females into STEM positions globally, world economies would benefit by an additional $12 trillion by 2025. However despite broad policy efforts to increase female representation, the gender divide is stark.

The Women in STEM Summit 2024 in association with Fidelity Investments Ireland will bring together thought leaders, educators, policy makers, innovators and pioneers in industry to discuss how address the STEM shortage in Ireland to meet the needs of industry. It will provide a platform where they can constructively challenge current ways of thinking and offer new perspectives...

The Summit will showcase some of Ireland’s leading companies who are creating diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces that allow every employee to thrive, regardless of their background. Expert speakers will discuss the next steps for businesses and employers and how best they can embrace equity to inspire all future women of STEM including those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, ethnic and religious groups as well as those from less well-off socio-economic backgrounds. 

The Women in STEM Summit 2024 is a key event for all those championing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout their teams, organisations and industries. Everyone has a part to play in addressing the STEM shortage in Ireland to meet the needs of industry.

Topics will include:

  • Women in STEM – the stats!
  • The role of government and policy makers
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – addressing the gender bias to achieve ethical AI
  • Driving female entrepreneurship
  • The motherhood penalty
  • Initiatives at pre-school, primary, second & third level institutions
  • SMEs and the inclusivity challenge
  • Promoting engagement of young girls in STEM subjects
  • Leading a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) awareness in business
  • Fostering a pipeline of female STEM talent in your organisation
  • Peer pressure, stereotyping and the ‘leaky pipeline’
  • Digital transformation in industry & commerce
  • Enhancing women’s lives with health tech innovations
  • The role of women in ESG to build a sustainable future
  • Creating a supportive workplace culture across your organisation
  • The importance of visible role models and mentorship programmes
  • Initiatives and programmes in industry to promote women in STEM
  • Addressing the gender pay gap
  • The role of male champions of change
  • Technological advances in lifestyle businesses
  • Promoting equity in minority and disadvantaged groups
  • Female founders/CEOs – the tech entrepreneurs
  • Rising stars at the forefront of STEM research
  • STEM Education Implementation Plan to 2026
  • Modernising career guidance to be reflective of today’s job market
  • Under-representation of female senior executives at management levels

The Women in STEM Summit is for all those interested in STEM subjects including:

  • Relevant policy-makers and advisors in national and local government
  • Industry leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
  • CEOs, CTOs and other senior IT executives in the tech industry
  • Engineers, scientists, business developers
  • Tech entrepreneurs & founder CEOs
  • SME owners and executives
  • Decision-makers in technology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and scientific companies
  • Early childhood, primary & secondary school teachers
  • Academics and researchers
  • Chief People Officers
  • Heads of Talent Acquisition & Onboarding
  • Corporate Affairs Directors
  • Strategy Leads
  • Data Analysts
  • Policy makers in universities and institutions
  • Under graduates, graduates & post-grads looking to pursue a career in STEM
  • Executives working in finance, construction, environmental, social & governance (ESG)
  • Women in fashion, food, health, travel, media and entertainment
  • Economic and management consultants
  • Financiers, investors and legal professionals
  • Inclusion and Diversity Specialists
  • HR, Public Affairs and Wellness Managers
  • Marketing, PR and Communications professionals
  • 30% Club Ireland
  • Abbott
  • ACEI
  • Aer Lingus
  • AerCap
  • AIB Alexandra College
  • An Post
  • ATU Sligo
  • Avanade
  • Avanade
  • AXIS Healthcare Consulting Ltd
  • AZON
  • BAM Ireland
  • BAM Ireland
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Bearing Point
  • Biomarin International Ltd
  • BioPharmaChem Skillnet
  • Boston Scientific
  • Brightwater
  • BT Ireland
  • Business Post
  • Cairn Homes
  • Canada Life Group
  • Career Vision
  • CarTrawler Clonmel
  • Enterprises Ltd
  • Coffey Group
  • Creativa
  • Cronin & Sutton Consulting
  • CWIT
  • DCU
  • Defence Force
  • Dell DP
  • Energy Group
  • Drury Dublin Chamber
  • Dublin CityUniversity
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • EIT Health
  • embecta
  • Empeal
  • Energia
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Ericsson
  • ESRI
  • Exyte Norther Europe
  • FBD
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Financial Risk Solutions
  • FRS
  • General Motors
  • Grant Thornton
  • HaPPE
  • Earth Health Identifiers Service (HIDS)
  • HealthTech Ireland
  • Hollis
  • Host in Ireland
  • HPE
  • HPSC.
  • Huntstown Power Company Litd
  • Ibec
  • IBM
  • IMR
  • Inspire Coaching
  • Invictess
  • Irish Air Corps
  • Irish Aviation Foundation
  • Irish Defence Forces
  • Irish Life
  • Irish Manufacturing Research CLG
  • Irish Naval Service
  • Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association
  • Irish Water
  • itag Skillnet
  • Janssen Services Ireland
  • John Paul Construction
  • JSA Architects
  • Kellanova
  • Kennedy Insights
  • Kirby Group Engineering
  • Maynooth University
  • Mayo College of FET
  • Medtronic
  • Mergon Group
  • Microsoft
  • Mount Sackville Secondary School
  • MSD
  • National Lottery
  • National Maternity Hospital
  • Nicholas O’Dwyer Ltd
  • Office of Government Procurement
  • Olytico
  • Overhaul / DkIT
  • Payzone
  • Pebble
  • Permanent TSB
  • Professional Development Service for Teachers
  • Punch Consulting
  • PwC
  • Recruitment Plus
  • Revenue
  • Sanofi
  • Schneider Electric
  • Science Foundation Ireland
  • SciFest
  • SCOR
  • SIRO
  • Sisk Healthcare
  • Smart Docklands
  • Smart Dublin
  • Soothing Solutions Ltd
  • St Columcille’s Community School
  • St Tiernan’s Community School
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar
  • School Synapse Medical
  • TCD Walton Club
  • Tekno Surgical
  • The Digital Hub
  • The Maples Group
  • Top Oil
  • Trane Technologies
  • Trinity College
  • Tuath Housing
  • TUS
  • UCD
  • UL
  • Uniphar MedTech
  • University College Cork
  • University of Limerick
  • Version 1
  • Vodafone
  • Walls Construction
  • WITS
  • Work Equal
  • Workjuggle
  • WuXi Biologics
  • WuXi Vaccines
  • Xperi

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Grace Aungier

Conference & Awards Director

Mob: 086 088 0845

Email: [email protected]

Contact Us

This summit is organised by iQuest & Business Post LIVE. If you have any questions, requests, or require assistance with your booking, please feel free to contact me

Jackie Bryan

Conference Facilitator

Tel: (+353) 87 055 7913

Email: [email protected]