Inclusive Space: A STEAMy Conversation (Online)

SUN 19 Nov 6:30 PM: Join former NASA Datanaut and Miss Universe Ireland Fig O’Reilly in conversation with award winning visual artist and filmmaker Linda Curtain.

Incorporating questions from the online audience, the two will talk about experiences of diversity, equality and inclusion and the importance of representation in STEM; the value in extending STEM to STEAM; and the intersection of art with science, technology, engineering and maths.

Fig O’Reilly is on a mission to help close the opportunity gap for women in STEM. She is the founder of Space to Reach, a programme to help Black and Brown women take up space in tech.

As innovation progresses, the opportunity gap for women widens unless diversity and inclusion are at the forefront, and we establish pipelines that help introduce and retain women of color.

Fig will talk with Linda about the widening opportunity gap for women; why it’s vital to have workforces that reflect the communities companies impact; the importance of women being able to bring their whole selves to their places of employment; and how braids and beauty champion DEI in the lab.

Details and Booking:

  • Date: Sunday 19 November 2022
  • Time: 90 minute sessions from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Online via Zoom

FIONNGHUALA (FIG) O’REILLY was the first woman of color to win Miss Universe Ireland in 2019. She is a systems engineer and has has worked as a NASA datanaut. A committed science educator and advocate for women and people of colour in STEM, you can find her weekly on on CBS’s STEM television show Mission Unstoppable with Miranda Cosgrove.

LINDA CURTAIN is an award winning visual artist and filmmaker whose process is embedded in socially engaged arts practice and visual anthropology. Her approach to the moving image is experimental in nature and she aims to bring ideas to life through alternative modes of visual storytelling in documentary and art film and also in the area of immersive tech.