Increasing the visibility of talented, experienced women in the ICT Sector in Ireland is a key objective of the it@cork ‘Women in Tech’ event series launched today by European Tech Cluster, it@Cork, in association with Cork City Council.
The World Economic Forum’s Corporate Gender Gap Report form 2012 reported that a lack of role models as being one of the greatest barriers to women leaders. The ‘Women in Tech’ lunch-time event series aims to promote female leaders and role models in technology and aims to support women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors.
“There are almost 30,000 women working in science, technology, engineering and research sectors in Ireland according to a recent study” said Ruth Buckley, head of ICT and Business Services at Cork City Council. “We know that there are remarkable female role models out there and we aim to highlight their careers and interesting work that they do with this lecture series.”
Many of Ireland’s leading women in business will participate in the series, which launches with an address by Professor Geradline Boylan, director of the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) and Professor of Neonatal Physiology in UCC. As head of a team at INFANT, the national SFI-funded research centre at CUMH, Prof. Boylan will discuss the recently developed computerised algorithm for detecting the signs of brain injury in new born babies, which is currently undergoing multi-centre clinical trials in a number of countries across Europe. Professor Boylan will also talk about her career in STEM and the importance of technology in perinatal care, from the labour ward to neonatal intensive care.
“We are very committed to highlighting the success of our female leaders in the tech sector in Ireland. The ‘Women in Tech’ series is core to our objectives this year, and a key event series to support, drive and promote Irish leaders in technology”, said Denis Collins, chairman of it@cork European Tech Cluster.
The it@cork ‘Women in Tech’ quarterly lunch-time series, sponsored by Qualcomm, will commence on April 2nd in the Clarion Hotel, Cork. More information is available here.