Science in Society

Why Are We Still Talking about the STEM Gap in the Workforce?

Wednesday 24 February - Thursday 25 February, 11:00 pm - 12:15 am

Suitability: 14 Yrs +


Taking place during NI Science Festival 2021 and as part 2 of a series of 3 interconnected events on the diversity of talent and where we can expect growth to stem from in NI and beyond, we discuss and learn more about:

- Creating a diverse STEM talent pool and why the numbers still don’t add up

- NI-based and wider initiatives to help develop that future workforce

- Embedding diversity and inclusion from school to the workplace

- Delivered by Startacus, in partnership with Matrix and with community partner Bazaarvoice, this afternoon event features ,1 Keynote, 1 Panel discussion and 1 relevant tech startup showcase.


Furkan Karayel, an award winning inclusive leadership advisor. She founded after 10 years of software engineering experience in multinational tech companies in Ireland. As a result of her counselling, she developed the "Inclusive Intelligence" concept, providing practical steps to be a diversity and inclusion role model in the workplace. Her passion is leveraging women-in-tech leadership, diversity and empowering female founders globally.

Scarlet Jeffers, coming from a scientific background, Scarlet has forged a hugely successful career in consumer tech as an award-winning product leader. Scarlet co-founded her latest product and company, Clario, two years ago. She is known for her candid and approachable advocacy for women in tech and leadership, having been featured in multiple ‘Top Women to Watch in STEM’ lists in recent years.

Claire Nixon, Director at RealTime Recruitment Belfast and sits on the Executive Committee of Women in Tech, Belfast. Claire possesses over 10 years’ experience of recruiting within the Tech Sector, as well as many years’ experience campaigning for increased diversity within the tech sector.

Christine White, Head of Business for Diversity Mark NI – an organisation founded by Women In Business NI enabling organisations of all sizes to achieve gender diversity accreditation.

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