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UCD International Women’s Day presents: Designing the Future: Gender Equality in Research and Innovation

Thursday 5th March 2020, 12:00-13:30, Fitzgerald Chamber, UCD Student Centre

Recent research and debate have brought embedding gender in research, technology, product/services design back into focus. How are we responding to the challenge of designing a future that is gender inclusive? Join us to hear insights from leaders in STEM and AHSSBL on gender equality in AI, research and innovation.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Marion Boland, Head of Research Policy, Science Foundation Ireland
  • Elaine Bourke, Editor, Silicon Republic
  • Professor Madeleine Lowery, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Dr Susan Leavy, Research Analyst, School of English, Drama and Film
  • Professor Orla Feely, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact

A light lunch will be provided. Please contact edi@ucd.ie with any dietary and/or accessibility requirements.

Book your place via the UCD Booking Centre or at the bottom of this page.

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Marion Boland, Head of Policy Research, Science Foundation Ireland, a statutory body in Ireland with responsibility for funding oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a strategic focus.

Marion manages a diverse portfolio of policy related areas, including Open Science, Data management, Research Integrity, Grant Terms & Conditions and SFI’s Gender Strategy.

Marion holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Cancer Research/University of London. She held positions at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Alberta and University of Cambridge before joining the Centre for Cancer research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University Belfast in 2001 as a lecturer in Molecular Oncology.

Elaine Burke, Editor of Silicon Republic

Since going online in 2001, Silicon Republic has gone from being Ireland’s top resource for science and technology news, with countless awards to its name, to one of the leading online publications in Europe with more than half-a-million pageviews each month and growing.

Coming from a background in publishing, Burke has led many award-winning publications as editor. She first joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs news.

She often offers her analysis and contributions on TV and radio, and can regularly be heard on RTÉ’s Drivetime with a digest of the latest sci-tech news.

Professor Madeleine Lowery in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin.

Her research involves the application of engineering to understand how the human nervous system controls movement and to design therapies and technologies to improve impaired motor function. Her research interests include control of artificial limbs, electrical stimulation, deep brain stimulation and neural control of movement.

She received the BE and PhD degrees from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin before joining the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, North-Western University, as a Postdoctoral Fellow then Research Assistant Professor. 

She returned to UCD in 2005 where she is Programme Director for the BE and ME Programmes in Biomedical Engineering and Head of Subject for Biomedical Engineering.

She was the recipient of the 2018 Graves Medal Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, and was awarded a Consolidator grant by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2015, an ERC Proof of Concept Grant in 2019.

Dr Susan Leavy, Assistant Professor, with the School of Information and Communication. Her work addresses fairness in artificial intelligence, developing interdisciplinary approaches to mitigating bias in machine learning.

She earned a PhD in Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin, where her work concerned detection of gender bias in the media using machine learning. Prior to her current academic career, Susan worked in investment banking designing and managing the development and deployment of global trading systems.

She holds an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University, an MPhil in Gender and Women's studies from Trinity College Dublin and a BA in Philosophy and English Literature.

Book your place via UCD Booking Centre.

College of Arts & Humanities

  • Wednesday 4 March, 3pm, Zone 6, Science Building

College of Social Sciences & Law

  • Friday 6 March, 10:30am, D101, Newman Building

Human Resources, SIRC, Legal

  • Friday 6 March, 10am, Room 2.09, Roebuck Offices

President’s Office

  • Thursday 5 March, 11:30am, President's Committee Room

Development and Alumni Relations Office

  • Friday 6 March, 11am, Room 102, Tierney Building

College of Science

  • Wednesday 4 March, 3pm, Zone 6, Science Building

College of Health and Agricultural Science:

  • Wednesday 11 March, 10:30am, Kevin Barry Hallery, Charles Institute

College of Engineering & Architecture

  • Thursday 5 March, 1pm, Staff Common Room (Room 124), Engineering & Materials Science Centre
  • Thursday 5 March, 1pm, Atrium Newstead

College of Business

  • TBC

UCD Research

  • Friday 6 March, 11am, Staff Room (Room 108), UCD Research

Global Engagement

  •  Friday 6 March, 3pm, Global Lounge


  • Office of the Registrar: Friday 6 March, 11:30am, Room 213 Tierney 
  • Access and Lifelong Learning: Wenesday 4 March, 11am, ALL Room, Library
  • Student Services: Friday 6 March, 9:30am, UCD Student Centre
  • Library: Friday 6 March, 10:30am, Staff Kitchen (Room 129)
  • IT Services: Wednesday 4 March, 10:30am, Computer Centre

Fireside Chat Coffee Morning, Friday 6 March, UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

To celebrate International Women's Day (IWD), the College of Social Sciences and Law are holding their annual International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020 celebration which will take place on Friday, 6th March 2020 at 10.30 in D101 Newman. Join us for coffee and a panel discussion.


Dr Grainne Healy, Equality Activist
Gillian Harford, MBA, 30% Club Ireland Country Executive
Molly Lamb, PME Student, UCD Footballer and All-Ireland Winner

School of Medicine International Women's Day Event, Monday 9 March

To mark International Women's Day 2020, UCD School of Medicine invite you to join us on Monday 9th March 2020 for lunch and a panel discussion on how to progress in academia.

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch, Kevin Barry Gallery
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm - Panel Discussion, UCD Charles Institute Seminar Room

Moderated by journalist and science writer, Dr Claire O'Connell, the panel discussion will feature a number of  female UCD Medicine Professorial staff.We'll asked them to reflect on their pathway to professorship, what helped or hindered them in their careers and share their insights into succeeding in a traditionally male-dominated domain.The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Contact UCD Equality Diversity and Inclusion

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: edi@ucd.ie