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Women in Science, Engineering & Technology – WiSET

5 Feb 2007

Women in Science, Engineering & Technology – WiSET

In July 2006, University College Cork (UCC) was awarded one of three Institute Development Awards by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to promote women’s involvement within its education, research and academic environment with a view to promoting their increased participation and advancement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) academic and research careers. WiSET initiatives are as follows:

  • Targeted Research Fellowship and Scholarship Schemes
  • Career Structures and Training
  • Networks, Infrastructure and Resources
  • Awareness and Recognition of Women in SET 
  • Institutional Change 
  • Monitoring of Progress
  • Dissemination of Results


WiSET organizes some lunchtime network meetings during the dinner. I went along to the last session to hear Dr. Geraldine Boylan from Child Health (UCC) give an insight in to her career path over the last 20 years. As a contract researcher I felt it was both interesting and encouraging to hear. These meetings also give women a chance to meet for informal discussions which may lead to collaborative research in the future. I would recommend the female contract research population to go along to one of the meetings. Details of the programme can be got from Dr. Ruth Davis ( in the Office of the Vice President for Research. For more information on WiSET check out the website

Eileen O’ Herlihy PRO ARCS

UCC Research Staff Association

C/O Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre, Pouladuff Rd, Togher (UCC Internal)