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Upcoming Events

Supporting Women’s Success in Academia

9 Mar, 2023

Join WIRI on International Women's Day for a discussion exploring the  the importance of supporting women in academia and strategies for success.

International Women's Day 2023

8 Mar, 2023

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Reproductive rights, gender, and employment in Ireland


WIRI hosted a discussion highlighting the importance of reproductive healthcare, especially in relation to advancing gender equality in Ireland.

WIRI is hosted a discussion exploring the topic of gender and homelessness and its connections to international human rights to housing.

WIRI was back in person for the final event of our Mental Health Seminar Series.

WIRI were joined by guest speakers Prof. Pamela B. Davis and Dr. Rosarii Griffin for a discussion on frameworks for action needed for the retention of women in academia.

We were joined by Dr Krisna Ruette-Orihuela and Dr Nita Misra for this discussion co-hosted by INMENAS and the Gender Studies Group at DSA Ireland.

We hosted a discussion on the adversity, frustrations, and joys associated with career progression.

Past Events (2017 - 2021)

We held our Annual General Meeting (AGM), where we discussed events of the past year and our plans for the year ahead. 

We were joined by Dr. Theresa O'Keefe and Paula Tumulty for a discussion on the rise in precarious academic employment in Ireland.

WIRI was joined by Rosemary Kunene of Dignity Partnership and Donnah Vuma of Every Child and MASI for an important discussion about the system of Direct Provision in Ireland.

Dr. Kesiena Ebenade joined us for a discussion about motivation and how to keep going when you don't feel supported. 

We hosted a roundtable discussion of the concept of race and the terminologies surrounding individuals of different ethnic backgrounds within an Irish context.

We hosted a discussion on toxic work environments. Learning the signs of negative working atmospheres and discovering tools to empower you.

We hosted an event in collaboration with RCSI Equality Diversity and Inclusion Unit and RCSI Communications Department in partnership with Women on Air

We hosted Professor Aoife McLysaght (TCD) and Professor Máire Connolly (NUIG) in collaboration with Trinity Women Graduates.

We hosted an Introduction and Q&A with the Candidates for Trinity College Dublin's new Provost

We hosted Dr Terri Givens, CEO and Founder of Bright Higher Ed, for a talk on Inclusive Leadership in Academia.

We were joined by Dr. Vanessa Lacey, Health and Education Manager with TENI to hear about her research on the experiences of trans people in academia.

Claire McGing, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at IADT and Gender and Politics researcher joined us to discuss her research on caucuses for women councillors.



A workshop designed by Google at their Dublin offices, which focused on changing atttitudes surrounding women's self promotion and teaching self-promotion skills.

We were joined by Dr. Cathy Scanlon to bring you a workshop focusing on breathwork as a tool to alleviate and manage stress.

PhD Life: Choices, Limitations, Struggles, Solutions


A panel discussion on the realities of PhD life, from the positives to the negatives and everything in between.

We were joined by Angela Saini, author of "Superior: The Return of Race Science" to discuss  the relationship between racism, science, medicine and academia.

Dr. Ebun Jospeh and 3 former students shared their experiences and impressions after taking the black studies module at University College Dublin).

Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell shared her experiences and observations from her astounding career in physics

We held a session with Kate Mitchell, Senior Policy & Research Officer of Mental Health Reform, the leading national coalition for mental health in Ireland.

Dr. Mary McAuliffe of University College Dublin discussed moving beyond traditional history methodologies to research gender, sexuality and trauma.

We hosted an open mic night at the Mercantile Pub where researchers shared their talents and shattered stereotypes.

This workshop, hosted by founder of Generation Women Sinead Sharkey, helped women and minorities overcome feelings of inadequacy with confidence-boosting strategies.

Professor Celeste Kidd, a leading voice of the #MeToo movement, addressed our members on her activism to counter cultures of silence surrounding sexual harassment in academic spaces.

Regina Doherty TD, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, joined us for lunch to discuss challenges facing minorities in  the workplace and society.

Jim Daly TD,  Minister for Mental Health and Older People, spoke at the Science Gallery about current strategies to tackle mental health issues in higher education in Ireland.

Dr. Elizabeth Matthews discussed a project to create a glossary of STEM terms in Irish Sign Language, allowing for better access to science events for Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.

Vivian Rath, PhD researcher and disability activist, discussed his work campaigning for removal of barriers to political participation of people with disabilities.

An open discussion on race and inequality given by Dr. Ebun Joseph, the Module Coordinator of the first Black Studies module in Ireland.

Science Heroes


Three members of the "Women on the Walls Campaign"—Dr. Sarah McCormack, Dr. Caitriona Lally, and Dr. Aoife Gowen—gave presentations on their science role models.

Shedding light on controversial research and investigating the ferocious gender wars in biology, psychology and anthropology, science journalist Angela Saini discussed how science got women wrong for so long.

In this public seminar, Senator Ivana Bacik  discussed  her career in politics and her pivotal role in Irish society, from her work on repealing the 8th to eliminating the gender pay gap. 

Expert science communicators Dr. Claire O'Connell, Dr. Laura Dungan, Angela Mezzetti, Fionnan Sheehan and Samantha Bourke taught workshop attendees how to effectively communicate their research to the media.

Caroline West, a DCU PhD candidate researching feminist discourse on pornography, discussed the experiences of women working in the LA porn industry and how these experiences are discussed within feminist debates on pornography.

Dr. Annie Curtis, a resaercher on circadian immunology, analyzed the circadian rythyms of her own career, explaining how you can use the body clock to enhance your chances of research success.

Valeria Nicolosi, Professor in the School of Physics and Chemistry in the CRANN institute, explained how she started her career as a woman in nanoscience and how she came to be one of the most internationally renowned and respected researchers in her field.

Dr. Patricia Eadie of the Royal College of Surgeons shared her vast experience of mentoring and gave tips for both mentors and mentees.

Ciaran Devlin, a PhD Candidate in Sociology working on the Gaming for Peace (GAP) project, explored the ways in which gender and sexuality are present within games and gaming.

Laurie Winkless, physicist and writer, discussed key considerations for building better and more sustainable cities for all, and discussed her experience as a woman in STEM.

Are female politicians more likely to represent women's interests once elected to power? Larissa Peixoto Gomes, PhD candidate in Political Science at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, presented her research on the question.

Angela Mezzetti, a Dublin born journalist, documentary producer and broadcaster, gave valuable tips on having research covered by media outlets.

Get the word out! How to communicate your science to the public


Susan Kathleen Fetics, Marie Skłowdowska Curie Actions Fellow at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin, gave a seminar on getting word out about research to the public.

Professor Aoife McLysaght, Head of the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at Trinity College Dublin, gave insight to the benefits that public engagement has brought to her career.

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Women in Research Ireland is an organization devoted to supporting women and under-represented minorities in research and academia. We host roughly monthly events that provide support for and foster discussion amongst our members.


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