Compelling economic arguments for more women in STEM – Jocelyn Bell Burnell (video)
Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Compelling economic arguments for more women in STEM – Jocelyn Bell Burnell (video)

26 Jul 2013

Renowned Northern Irish astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell returns to Dublin this evening for a post-show discussion, after the production of Stella in Smock Alley, a play about two women astronomers, Jessica Bell from the 21st century and Caroline Herschel from the 18th century.

The production takes place this evening as part of the Festival of Curiosity, and it is only appropriate that Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell should take part, as she has long championed the cause of ensuring we enable more women to play leading roles in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths.

As a post-graduate student, Bell Burnell discovered the first radio pulsars with her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, for which Hewish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. She was president of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004, and president of the Institute of Physics from October 2008 until October 2010. In March of this year she was elected pro-chancellor of Trinity College Dublin.

We went along to hear her speak in June at an event hosted by WITS and the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland to celebrate her contribution to scientific discovery. She gave a presentation on the working group she chaired in 2012 for the Royal Society of Edinburgh, designed to develop a strategy and set of recommendations to increase both the proposition of women in the workplace qualified in STEM and the number who rise to senior positions in academia and industry in Scotland – Tapping all our Talent is the report of the working group. With a population similar to Ireland’s, the Scottish findings are seen as very relevant to this country.

Watch Bell Burnell present some of their findings and recommendations below:

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell presents the report on Women in STEM in Scotland 

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s year-long campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths

Ann O’Dea
By Ann O’Dea

Ann O’Dea is CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic, an online source of science and technology news since 2001. She was also the founder and curator of Inspirefest, a unique international sci-tech event that aimed to disrupt the traditionally homogenous tech conference calendar. Today, that event has evolved into Future Human to showcase the leaders building the products and services for a new tomorrow. Ann is a fellow of the Irish Computer Society and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology. She received a Net Visionary award from the Irish Internet Association in 2015 for her work on ensuring the visibility of women role models in her industry, and was named Media Woman of the Year at the 2014 Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards. In 2015, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. Ann sits on the advisory board of TeenTurn, which provides teenage girls with experience in STEM.

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