IWD panel discusses Accenture research on attracting young women to STEM
Prof Orla Feely and Bill Liao at Accenture Ireland's IWD event at the RDS

IWD panel discusses Accenture research on attracting young women to STEM

10 Mar 2014

Ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2014, Accenture Ireland held an event in Dublin’s RDS which included a panel discussion titled ‘Destination Digital’, discussing the role of parents and educators in ensuring a diverse workforce for the future of STEM.

The panel discussion was moderated by Silicon Republic CEO and editor-at-large Ann O’Dea, who had just announced the relaunch of our Women Invent Tomorrow campaign for a second year running.

In making this announcement, O’Dea was joined on-stage by Marian Corcoran, executive client director at Accenture Ireland, who presented some research on attracting more young women into science and technology, which was conducted by Accenture as part of this campaign.

Following that, Bill Liao, co-founder of CoderDojo; Julie Cullen, teacher and Irish ambassador of Europe Code Week; Prof Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University; and Prof Orla Feely, chair of the Irish Research Council and recently appointed vice-president of research, innovation and impact at University College Dublin began the panel discussion on encouraging STEM career choices among young women.

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland. You can nominate inspiring women in the fields of STEM via email to womeninvent@siliconrepublic.com or on Twitter to @siliconrepublic.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com. She joined in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs news. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly persnickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen. When she hasn’t got her nose stuck in her laptop, you’ll find her in the kitchen, at the cinema, or on the dancefloor.

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