scienceWIT Science Careers Day

WIT Science Careers Day

WIT Science careers day will take place in the WIT Arena on Friday, 28 February 2020

Last year, WIT’s Science Careers Day was held on March 8 2019 and proved to be a huge success. For the first time, the "lab" and "land" sides of the house came together to make one big event, and we were delighted to welcome over 70 companies to the event from a range of industries including agri-food, pharmaceutical, forestry, physics, and horticulture, as well as recruitment agencies in these areas. Many of the companies who attended also contributed to the event through much appreciated sponsorship. 

The day kicked off with an excellent keynote address by Jim Bergin, CEO of Glanbia Ireland, who encouraged students to be passionate about their career journey. He gave an insight into his own career path and passed on some useful hints and tips to the WIT final year students. This was followed by breakout sessions for each of seven disciplines (Agriculture and Agricultural Science, Biology, Food Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Horticulture, Physics and Forestry), with talks given by individuals working in these fields. The speakers, who ranged from entrepreneurs to lab scientists to teachers, really gave the students a flavour of the wide variety of options open to them as they graduate with a science degree. 

The remainder of the day was devoted to a networking session, allowing representatives from industry employers to engage directly with graduates from our full portfolio of science programmes. The graduates and employers really enjoyed their exchanges, and many valuable links were made. Each employer also received a WIT Science Careers Day Graduate Handbook containing information on over 280 students, including a short biography and contact details, allowing for easy recruitment.  

A lovely addition to the event this year was the inaugural presentation of an award which recognises a person who has made a particularly valuable contribution to science. The family of the late Una McDermott, WIT lecturer in Horticulture, were presented with the Inaugural “Una McDermott Award for Contribution to Science”; more information at this link. 

We would like to thank everyone involved in making the day such a success, most of all the industry speakers and representatives for engaging, and in particular our sponsors, without whom the day could not have happened. We would also like to thank our student committee for all their hard work getting the booklet together, and the staff committee for their help in organising the event. Huge thanks as well to the AV and Arena staff for their assistance. We look forward to next year’s event! 

9.00am Opening of event
9.05am Keynote address (Liam Lysaght, Biodiversity Ireland)
9.30am Announcement of award in recognition of contribution to science 
9.40am  Breakout sessions of careers talks for each programme
10.40am  Networking session with tea/coffee
1.00pm Close of event

Breakout sessions of careers talks for each programme

 Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science (L8) and Applied Biology (L7)-Training Room 2: 


  • Melanie White (GSK)
  • Christine Healy (Scoil Mhuire Community School)
  • Jamie Fitzpatrick (Waters)
  • Chair: David Hughes


 Physics for Modern Technology-Training Room 1: 


  • Michael Kennedy (Intel)
  • Amanda Barry (UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre) 
  • Jack Laffan (Bausch + Lomb)
  • Colin Barry (SensL)
  • Chair: Claire Keary 


Agriculture / Ag Science-Main Hall:


  • Bryan Doocey (AIB);
  • Frank Murphy (Teagasc);
  • Laura Grant (Grassland Agro).
  • Chairs: John Donohoe and James Waters


 Pharmaceutical Science-Training Room 3:


  • Paul Cleary (EirGen)
  • Emma O'Keeffe (WIT)
  • Des Cassidy (Nypro)
  • Chair: Rupali Ahashan and David Phelan


 Horticulture-Studio 3:


  • Marie Cox (Dunhill Multi-Education Centre)
  • Tom Summerville (Uniplumo)
  • Michael Murphy (Curraghmore Estate)
  • Chairs: Cara Daly/Yvonne Grace


 Forestry-Studio 2:


  • Dr. Enda Coates (Forest Service DAFM)
  • Emily Costello (Arbor Forest Management)
  • Jamie Hawan (Coillte)
  • John Dungan (Euroforest Ireland)
  • Chair: Jason Skelly


 Food Science-Gallery:


  • Barrie Rogers (Chia Bia)
  • Mary Lenehan (FSAI)
  • John Good (Keohanes)
  • Chair: Cliodhna Heffernan

Thanks to our sponsors:


Career Day


List of Companies Attending 2019 Event

Biopharmachem Ireland (IBEC) EirGen
Source Bioscience Fastnet Recruitment
Kenny-Whelan Recruitment Teva Pharmaceutical
West Pharmaceutical Wyeth Nutrition/Nestlé Research
Pearson Milking Technology Glanbia
Grassland Agro FRS Recruitment
Agricultural Science Association Agri-Lloyd
Eurofins Quinns of Baltinglass
Ribworld / Callan Bacon Dovea Genetics
Hartley People AgriTech
Alltech FDC Agricultural Consultants
Connolly's Red Mills Kildare Chilling
South East Regional Skills Forum Dawn Meats
ICBF Herdwatch
Virtual Vet Green Acres Marketing
Teagasc (Advisory / Teaching / Walsh Fellowships) Kepak
WIT Careers Office Odyssey Validation Compliance
Euroforest Sanofi
Sigmar Recruitment Irish Country Meats
Brett Brothers GSK (glaxosmithkline)
Munster AI MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme)
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Waters
Kehoe Farming Saturn Farms
Regeneron Ipsen
Sensl Bausch+Lomb
Summerhill Landscapes SAP
Farm Solutions IFAC
SWS Forestry Services Forest Service DAFM
The Forestry Company Veon
Arbor Forest Management Society of Irish Forestors
Coillte CGA Irish Forestry Unit Trust
Laois Sawmills Forestry Services
Greenbelt Glennon Brothers 
Matrix Recruitment Irish Wood Producers
Voluntary Services International  





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Science Careers Day 2019

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