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Ensuring Inclusive Research Careers

13 January 2023

If you missed our conference exploring the challenges to inclusivity in research careers and championing some examples of positive change in Ireland and abroad you can watch it now,

This conference, co-organised by the RIA and the HEA explored the challenges to inclusivity in research careers and the influence of issues such as research assessment and the challenging economic climate on the diversity of those pursuing and succeeding in careers in research. It championed examples of positive change in Ireland and abroad, and engaged with Vice Presidents for Research, Vice Presidents for EDI and HR leadership, in addition to research leaders such as directors of research institutes.

Morning Session

10-10.15: Introduction and welcome: Anita Maguire, MRIA, Chair RIA Diversity Committee (UCC)

Session 1: Chair – Grace Mulcahy, MRIA (UCD)

10.15-10.45: Diversity and recognition in research teams: Dr Nicolas Robinson-Garcia (University of Granada)

10.45-11.15:From academia to industry - career story of a postdoctoral researcher: Dr Dagmara Niedziela (Ardigen)

11.15-11.45: How to assess for diversity in research: Professor Bert Overlaet (KU Leuven)

Afternoon Session

Session 2: Chair – Professor Anita Maguire

12.15-12.30: Flash presentations

12.30-1.15: Discussion panel:

  • Dan Carey, MRIA (Irish Research Council),
  • Philip Nolan, MRIA (Science Foundation Ireland),
  • Brendan Jennings (TU Dublin),
  • Gemma Irvine (Maynooth University),
  • Lisa Keating (Irish Universities Association),
  • Karen McCloskey (Queen’s University Belfast)

1.15 - 1.30: Closing: Dr Siobhan O'Sullivan (Royal Irish Academy)


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