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MSSI Researchers Honoured By President Michael D. Higgins

Women in Science

Pictured above: Dr Teresa Curtin, Dr Shalini Singh, Dr Ning Liu and Dr Jakki Cooney

Four MSSI researchers were amongst those who attended the ‘Women in Science’ event which was hosted by President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on 31 January 2016. The event highlights the achievements of and celebrates the leading role that women play in scientific research and industry. The researchers who were honoured by President Higgins for their scientific contributions are Dr Jakki Cooney, Dr Teresa Curtin, Dr Ning Liu and Dr Shalini Singh. The event was attended by representatives from the universities and institutes of technology in Ireland as well as a number of scientific state agencies and bodies. Competitors and organisers from the BT Young Scientists Competition were also present. Speaking at the event, President Higgins stated “Present today are women who have excelled, given a lead in science and in its application for the betterment of humanity. Many of the obstacles that once stood between women and the pursuit of a career in science have been removed in recent decades. That is a welcome development, but the field of science – or at least in some areas of science – barriers remain to advancement. However, that situation is changing and that is why we are here today: to celebrate the breakthroughs that have been made, and the leading role that women are now playing in scientific research and in industry. As we do so we are committing to make every effort to ensure that even more must be done to enable even greater access and participation by women at all levels of science. Science is an important and influential discipline – one which has a pivotal role to play in the great concerns of humanity in our time, and one which has the potential to make the greatest contribution to improving our world.”