Got a future forensic scientist in the house?
Forget TED Talks, it’s all about Train Talks.
Young female students can travel for free to Dublin from Kent Station, Mallow, and Charleville in style for the I Wish STEM Showcase on February 8th, 2024 in the RDS, Dublin.
These dedicated return trains will have inspiring speakers such as ecologists, environmental scientists, mechanical engineers, digital forensics, and cyber security experts onboard to speak to the girls en route.
I Wish, the organisation inspiring teenage girls towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers, is the brainchild of Cork’s own Caroline O’Driscoll and Gillian Keating. Their annual showcase event features amazing world-class speakers promoting careers in STEM like former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson.
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I Wish and Iarnród Éireann have partnered to ensure 2,000 students from across the country can travel to the 2024 event for free.
Bus Éireann will also be partnering once again, providing free return busses from Heuston Station to the event. Teachers can nab a free train and bus service and register for the I Wish showcase event here.
Suzanne Flynn, Head of Talent Development at Iarnród Éireann added: “This is an important expansion of our already existing partnership with I Wish which will see us supporting their mission and our dedication to inspire teenage girls towards STEM careers. At Iarnród Éireann we work extensively to recruit women into STEM roles through a range of inclusive recruitment initiatives. With increased gender representation as a core pillar of our strategic goals, we are making great strides towards greater female participation.
“With barriers persisting for female students in STEM according to the recent annual I Wish Report 2022, including poor gender equality and a lack of confidence, we hope that partnerships like this will help towards accelerating the pace of change.”