ASPIRE with Abbott 
in association with Science Week 2021

Abbott, in association with Science Foundation Ireland and Science Week 2021, are excited to bring you ASPIRE with Abbott

ASPIRE is an innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) showcase. It will provide you with the opportunity to connect with some fascinating experts.

The theme of Science Week 2021 is ‘ Creating our Future’. At ASPIRE with Abbott, you will be inspired by stories of how STEM education creates a world of exciting choices for your life and career.

In addition to a stellar line-up of speakers, you can spend time in the virtual exhibition hall. Here you can visit a host of well renowned STEM organisations and download fascinating resources.

ASPIRE with Abbott takes place on   November 11 th at 10am . The live conference will run from 10am to 3pm and include a host of well-known personalities and inspiring STEM advocates including, Dr Niamh Shaw, Easkey Britton, Ray Langan, our very own Abbott employees and many more.

The event will then remain on demand for up to 30 days.


Students:  ASPIRE with Abbott will help you make decide what subjects to choose in school or what career path to follow.

Parents:  ASPIRE with Abbott will help you support your child as they navigate their education and career choices.

Teachers : ASPIRE with Abbott will help you stay connected to the latest trends and provide plenty of STEM education resources that can immediately be transferred to your own lesson plans.

If you are interested in learning more about STEM careers, then Aspire with Abbott is an event not to be missed.

Keynote Speakers

Niamh Shaw

Science Communicator and STEM Role Model

Ray Langan

Creator of Rayse the Game

Dr Easkey Britton

Renowned Irish surfer, marine social scientist, writer, artist and ocean leader

Abbott: Creating the Future of Health

Choosing Our Future



Welcome & Overview

Abbott along with our esteemed host and moderator, Dr Niamh Shaw and Dr Ruth Freeman, Director for Science in Society, Science Foundation Ireland, will welcome attendees to this year’s Aspire with Abbott event and discuss the many ways attendees can use the


Creating our future

Emer O’Neill from Science Foundation Ireland will introduce this year’s theme for Science Week 2021 - Creating Our Future: A national conversation about research in Ireland, and explain how we can all get involved.


Future of STEM

We are delighted to welcome to the virtual stage, Alan O’Sullivan and Cormac Harris, this years winners of BT Young Scientist (and Europe Prize) to share their stories and discuss their views on the Future of STEM


A world of opportunity

Abbott’s PDP (Professional Development Programme) programme is one of the most competitive and rewarding graduate programmes in Ireland. Hear from Ciaran Egan, Niamh Savage and Kieran Burns who join us from three different time zones to discuss their fascinating global adventures in STEM.


A diverse journey through STEM

Thinking about pursuing a career in STEM and a little unsure about where it might take you? Join Eimear, Aleksandra, Tinashe and Miceal as they discuss their diverse journeys and careers in STEM. You might be surprised just how broad a career in STEM can be!


Rayse the game with Ray Langan

Our second keynote of the day is Ray Langan, creator of RAYSE THE GAME. The No 1 Motivational Study Skills Programme in Irish Secondary Schools. Ray is a High-Performance Study Skills Coach, Gen Z Edutainer and qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist (IACP) specialising in teen anxiety. Ray will be presenting a session focusing on Parents and Teachers and how they can help their child/student.


Understanding STEM

Niamh will be joining our all female panel to discuss Understanding STEM. Niamh will join Ruth Freeman (SFI), Catherine Cross (NPC) and Jackie Gorman (Midland Science) to help you get a greater understand of what STEM is about, helping to remove the fear around STEM careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Abbott, in association with Science Foundation Ireland and Science Week 2020, are excited to bring you ASPIRE with ABBOTT , an innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) showcase that will give attendees a unique STEM conference experience, and an opportunity to connect with some of Ireland most fascinating experts from a range of STEM disciplines
Aspire with Abbott is an online, virtual event. Attendees can participate anywhere as long as they have Internet access. The event is accessible via desktop, laptop, mobile and or tablet devices.
Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge.
Yes. Attendees can use their desktop, laptop, mobile or tablet device to access the event.
Yes. Aspire with Abbott is open to members of the public and they can register by visiting We encourage you to share with event with anyone interested in learning more about careers in STEM including students, parents and teachers.
A swag bag is a virtual briefcase that allows you to download and store documents and videos. You will be able to access and download files in your Swag Bag for 3 months after the close of the event.
Yes. Like a “ shopping cart” you can add documents and videos to your “Swag Bag” and email them to yourself, following the event. The keynote speaker addresses will be available to view on demand for a period of between 30 and 90 days.
No. As this event is being run to enable students, parents and teachers to connect with valuable STEM career information, and therefore will have school age students, attendees will only be able to interact with the content at the event, and at no point will be able to interact with other attendees.
Students that wish to attend the event will need parental consent and this can be confirmed during the registration process and we ask that all students register using their parents email address. We encourage students to attend the event virtually with their teachers and or parents. We have taken appropriate measures to ensure that the event will be safe for all attendees.
No problem. Please use the “forgot password” option when logging in.
No. email addresses are only required for registration and log in purposes. Once registered, attendees can visit the exhibition as often as they like during the on demand feature. Once the event closes, all email addresses will be erased.
We really encourage teachers to do this and all they will need is access to the event by registering as a teacher in advance. Once registered and assuming you have the technology required to broadcast, then you can simply navigate the conference and broadcast the speakers that you feel will be of interest to your students. You can do this multiple times if required.
The Aspire with Abbott event goes live on the 11th November 2021 and following the live day, attendees will be able to access the conference for a period of up to 30 days. Please note, the on demand feature will vary for a number of the keynote addresses.
The exhibition hall will remain on demand for a period of 30 days and attendees will be able to add content to their swag bag during this time.
Attendees are asked to register in advance for the event under the register section located at the top banner of the landing page Once registered attendees will be able to use their registration details to access the live (and on demand event)
Please note, registration can also be done at any time once the event opens on 11th November 2021
Yes. The content will be available on-demand for a period of up to 30 days. Please note that not all keynote addresses will remain on demand, so we encourage you to view these within 30 days of the event going live on the 12th November.
No. At the event, attendees are not required to display their video and this feature will not be available to attendees.
No. like webcam, attendees will not be able to “speak” at the event and the chat function is only available to attendees to ask questions of the keynote speakers during the live day.
Yes. For several keynote addresses, and ISL interpreter will be joining the panel to communicate the presentation. Once these presentations go “on demand”, we aim to add subtitles which will be available on playback.
Attendees will have the ability to ask questions during any of the live events. These questions will be submitted privately to the moderators of the event and will be put to the speakers. As we expect large volumes of attendees, it will not be possible to cover all the questions asked on the day.