Women in Technology and Science

WITS at a Glance - July 2018

WITS Vision: A society where women have equal opportunities, experiences & recognition in STEM.

Our Values: Fair play, Evidence-informed, Generosity, Progress-driven

Our Mission: A voluntary, independent organisation advocating, connecting and acting for women to benefit society as full and vital participants in STEM

Our Goal: To grow our profile and membership and collaborate with like-minded organisations to progress our mission of advocating, acting and connecting to have women as full participants in STEM

WITS 2017 summary

  • Membership was ~ 500 members…
  • An attendance of 403 at 16 WITS events
  • 20% more social media followers/members.

WITS Patron

President Michael D Higgins

WITS – some key features

Founded 1990 by Mary Mulvihill science journalist (1959-2015). Members are from:

  • all ages STEM students to retirees.
  • all areas of STEM.
  • across sectors – public and private

We aim to recruit, retain, return, revere and remember women in STEM.

WITS Honorary members

  • 2017 Professor Jane Grimson Fellow Emeritus & Professor of Health Informatics, TCD.
  • 2014 Professor Dervilla Donnelly Emeritus Professor of Phytochemistry at UCD.
  • 2000 Ms Kitty Kelly founder member, retired science teacher.

WITS Corporate Members include

  • ESB
  • Accenture
  • Janssen Biologics
  • Workhuman
  • Silicon Republic
  • Growth Potential

What we do

Past chairs

Mary Mulvihill, Dr Ena Prosser, Sadhbh McCarthy, Dr Marion Palmer, Mary Carroll.

Things we have done

  • 2015 Mary Mulvihill Lecture held annually
  • 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Dervilla Donnelly UCD
  • 2007-2009 Re-Enter return to work scheme for women returning to STEM
  • 2003 Getting the Balance Right/li>
  • 1995-2000 NOW New Opportunities for Women project.
  • 1997 Diversity Conference, Dublin Castle
  • 1993, 2002 Role Models for Schools.


  • Lab Coats & Lace (2009)
  • Talent Bank for Women on Boards (2004)
  • Stars, Shells & Bluebells (1997)
  • Suitable Jobs for a Woman (1993)

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