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BLAZING A TRAIL IN SCIENCE

11:30

OPENING REMARKS FROM THE STREAM CHAIR

Sonya Lennon

Sonya Lennon

TV Presenter, Designer, Founder & Social Entrepreneur

11:35

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Unlocking Solutions: empowering researchers through challenge-based funding

Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman

Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman

Director Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

11:50

PANEL DISCUSSION

Encouraging girls’ development of STEM-related skills

The role of educational institutions from early childhood right through to third level is paramount in encouraging girls’ development of STEM-related skills. Promoting engagement in technology from a young age allows girls’ interests to develop free of societal bias and will encourage them to take an active interest in subjects that will lay the foundation for them to study STEM disciplines at higher levels. It will also outline how working with the educational sector, industry associations and not-for-profit organisations is not only good for women, but good for business.

Jennifer McGarry

Jennifer McGarry

Teacher, Alexandra College Junior School

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Scrum Master, Fidelity Investments Ireland

Sheila Porter

Sheila Porter

Founder & CEO, Scifest

Tracey-Jane Cassidy

Tracey-Jane Cassidy

Founder & CEO, Junior Einsteins Science Club

12:30

SPOTLIGHT ON…RISING STARS

This session turns the spotlight on women blazing a trail in STEM

STEMazing Futures: Igniting passion and promoting participation in STEM for young girls

Jeevantika Lingalwar

Jeevantika Lingalwar

Founder, International Women in Tech

Dr Han Shao

Dr Han Shao

Postdoctoral Researcher, Tyndall Institute

MAIN AGENDA

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WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY SPEARHEADING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

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BREAKING BARRIERS IN ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS