WITS Lifetime Achievement Awards 2011

Congratulations to Professor Dervilla Donnelly who won a Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in the Hibernian Club on St Stephen’s Green. She was one of the founding members of Women In Technology & Science. Mary Mulvihill was also honoured at the event and will be participating in our 50th Annual Conference in Trinity College in 2012.

Professor Dervilla Donnelly is the Emiritus Professor of Organic Chemistry, University College, Dublin. Since 1996 she has been Chair of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. She has also been Chair of the Interim Review Group for Institutions in the Technological Sector since 1997. Her interest in Science is reflected in her involvement as Chair of the Evaluation Committee OECD Programme – Megascience Forum, Council Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Member of the Standing Committee of ESF, Life and Environmental Science Committee, and Physical and Engineering Science Committee. In her capacity as President of the Royal Dublin Society she was instrumental in reviving the Boyle Medal for scientific excellence and one of its winners Prof Luke O’Neill will also be participating in ISTA AGM 2012.

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The award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and author Mary Mulvihill has died aged 55, following a short illness. 

A genetics graduate and Scholar of Trinity College Dublin, who later studied journalism at Dublin City University, she was one of the pioneers of science journalism in Ireland. She was also a passionate advocate of women in science.

As a founding member and first chairperson of Women in Technology and Science (WITS), she played an important part in highlighting the role of women in the history of Irish science.

She had numerous popular science series on RTÉ radio, including The Quantum LeapThe Goldilocks World and Left Brain, Right Brain. She was a longstanding contributor to The Irish Times.

As co-editor of Technology Ireland magazine, she nurtured the careers of many young science journalists.

She edited two collections of biographies of Irish women scientists and pioneers – Stars, Shells and Bluebells (1997), and Lab Coats and Lace (March 2009).

In recent years, she set up a successful business offering Ingenious Ireland walking tours and audio guides to her native Dublin and national sites of ecological and archaeological interest.

She was due to speak at the InspireFest 2015 conference, celebrating women’s leadership in science, technology and innovation, later this month.

Away from work, she was a regular hillwalker. She is survived by her husband Brian Dolan and her sisters Anne and Nóirín Mulvihill.

Courtesy of The Irish Times

Physics High Flyers

As part of the 2012 Dublin City of Science Festival, the Institute of Physics in Ireland(IOPI) are proud to announce that they will be hosting a ‘Physics High Flyers’ event on Saturday May 5th in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2.

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