International Women's Day Keynote Address
Thursday, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Mar 08th 2018
The University Women's Network Present:
“Excellence in higher education through gender equality: a personal and professional reflection”
Keynote Address: Dr. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
Dr. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will join NUI Galway and the University Women’s Network in celebrating International Women’s Day with a talk on excellence founded in gender equality.
Throughout her career Dr. Geoghegan-Quinn has broken new ground, exemplified authenticity, and shown confidence and strong purpose in the exercise of power. She has been a leader among women and men: the first Irish female Cabinet minister, and the first Irish woman to serve as an EU Commissioner.
During her parliamentary career which spanned from 1975 to 1997, Dr. Geoghegan-Quinn became Ireland's first female cabinet minister since the foundation of the State when she was appointed Minister for the Gaeltacht in 1979. She also served as Minister for Justice, Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications, Minister for European Affairs, and Minister of State in the Department of Education.
As EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science she pioneered the development and delivery of Horizon 2020, the world’s largest public research funding programme. During her tenure she championed policies to improve gender equality in research.
Most recently, she chaired the HEA Expert Group who conducted the extensive National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The Expert Group reported in June 2016 producing a set of ambitious recommendations for HEIs which recognise that productivity cannot be maximized without full development of the workforce. The recommendations of the Review are driving further work by Universities to address gender equality.
12:30 – 14:00, Venue Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Art Millennium Building