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Women in Science

For much of human history, women were officially excluded from the scientific realm. However, in spite of their invisibility in the history narrative, this did not mean that science was exclusively a man’s world!

Many women, throughout the centuries, have managed to overcome their marginalisation and excel in their chosen field, making vital contributions to the sum of human knowledge.
With the book "Women in Science", European women scientists throughout the ages are celebrated. The book tells the compelling stories of some of the heroines of European science – some sung but many unsung – and, through their narratives, it enriches and completes the history of scientific knowledge by highlighting its female face.

2016 Leaving Cert Physics Papers

The Institute of Physics in Ireland is preparing an "Initial Response" to the State Examination Commission.
A full report will be sent to the SEC after the Marking Schemes have been published and the meetings in Blackrock Education Centre and at Frontiers of Physics in September. If you have any comments on these papers please send them to

A group will meet to discuss the Physics Exam papers on Tues 21st June starting at 7pm in Buswells Hotel, 23 Molesworth St. Dublin 2 (Opposite Dáil Eireann). Please let David Keenahan know if you can come along ( 

Other dates for your diary:

1.   Robert Boyle Summer School Programme June 23rd – 26th 2016 
      (More info at: )

 2.  Frontiers of Physics 2016  takes place Sat  24th Sept 2016, in  DIT, Grangegorman Campus, Dublin. (Prof. Mike Cruise is the keynote speaker. He was the lead investigator on LIGO Gravitational Wave detector. There will be lots of workshops and free resources).

Pioneer of science journalism Mary Mulvihill dies

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

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