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Fixing the leaky pipeline and retaining our talent


Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00 - 15:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Free but booking is essential by email to:


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RIA workshop exploring the retention and progression of early career women engineers and computer scientists.

The Royal Irish Academy, with the support of Engineers Ireland, will hold a workshop to explore the problems and issues associated with retention and progression of early career women Engineers and Computer Scientists. The event will run from 10:00:15:00

leaky pipeline

It is a major concern in both industry and academia that fewer women than men are reaching senior leadership positions within their organisations. This is known as the “leaky pipeline” where women either drop out altogether from the career pipeline or fail to progress at the same rate as their male colleagues.

In Engineering and Computer Science since there are significantly fewer women entering the pipeline (taking undergraduate degrees in the fields) and against a background of a global shortage of qualified individuals, this wastage of talent whether among men or women is not tenable.

Furthermore, it is now universally acknowledged that diversity is critical to creativity, innovation and enhanced decision-making and therefore there is a business imperative for all organisations to ensure that women do progress to leadership positions.

Retaining Talent

Evidence shows that it is at the PhD/postdoc level or equivalent in industry that the progression of women in their careers begins to slow down. It is a critical point in the so-called “leaky pipeline”.

This programme will bring together leaders from industry and from academia as well as representatives from funding agencies, industry bodies and other key stakeholders to explore and discuss the challenges in this area facing Ireland. The workshop will feature speakers giving an international as well as national perspective and an open, panel discussion will engage the audience to examine possible next steps and future actions.

Spaces for the event are limited. To express an interest in attending please contact Becky Farrell at

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