ASPIRE with Abbott 
in association with Science Week 2020

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's most fascinating experts from a range of STEM disciplines.

Science Week 2020 is about ‘ Choosing our Future’. It will focus on how science can improve our lives in the future and today. At ASPIRE with Abbott, attendees will hear how a career in STEM leads to positive choices that can help your future career and lifestyle.

In addition to the multiple talks and presentations, ASPIRE with Abbott also has a virtual exhibition hall. Here you can visit a host of well renowned STEM organisations and attendees can download valuable, free resources to help them explore and understand more about the future of STEM. 

ASPIRE with Abbott takes place on  November 12 th at 10am . The live conference will run from 10am to 5pm and include a host of well-known personalities and inspiring STEM advocates including NASA Datanaut Fionnghuala O’Reilly, Dr Niamh Shaw, Gaming Engineer Brenda Romero, Future of Work expert Peter Cosgrove, Health and Nutrition expert Daniel Davey and many more. 

The event will then remain on demand for up to 90 days.


Students:  Choosing an education or career path is one of the most important decisions that a young person will make. Abbott and Science Foundation Ireland want to give you access to information and experts to help guide that decision-making process.

Parents:  Guiding and supporting your child with their education and future career choice can be challenging, especially if you are not familiar with their areas of interest.

ASPIRE with Abbott will provide you with access to a host of STEM experts and useful resources, all designed to help you support your child as they navigate their education and career choices.

Teachers : The pace of change in the world of work is rapid, particularly in STEM. ASPIRE with Abbott will help you stay connected to the latest trends and take advantage of a wealth 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

Fionnghuala O’Reilly

NASA Datanaut and 2019 Miss Universe Ireland

Peter Cosgrove

Author and founder, Future of Work Institute Ireland.

Niamh Shaw

Science Communicator and STEM Role Model

Brenda Romero

BAFTA Award Winning Game Director & Entrepreneur

Abbott: Creating the Future of Health

Everything by Stephen James Smith


10:05 - 10:10


Sinead Hickey, Global Sustainability Manager at Abbott and Dr. Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland will provide a short address to welcome attendees to the Aspire with Abbott event.

10:10 - 10:55

Youth in Stem                                              
Panel Discussion

First up, Lisa Ardill will be discussing all things STEM with an exciting panel of STEM students, diving into their interests and aspirations for the future.

11:10 - 11:40

Diversity in Stem                                              
Panel Discussion

Moderated by SFI’s Rebecca Wilson, the brilliant Shaun O’Boyle, STEM communicator and advocate for diversity in STEM, will be joined by Maggie Owens and Kat Hudson to discuss their views on diversity and inclusiveness in STEM.

11:10 - 11:40

Phase Innovate                                              
Panel Discussion

Well renowned STEM advocate Niamh Shaw, will be joined by Phase Innovate founder Evelyn Nomayo and her award winning team of Rachael Akano, Joy Njekwe , Margaret Akano, whom developed Memory Haven, an app that went on to win the 2020 Technovation World Summit. Phase innovate, is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bridging the gender and race gap in stem (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields in Ireland

11:10 - 11:30

The Future of Work                                              
Keynote Speaker

Aspire’s first of our keynote speakers, Peter Cosgrove, an expert on the world of work and founder of the Future of Work Institute in Ireland. Peter is a regular contributor to the national media on areas of talent, diversity and the future of work. Peter is on the steering committee of the 30% Club and on the board of the mental health charity Aware. he is the former chairman of Junior Achievement Ireland and former President of the National Recruitment Federation. he has recently published his second book “Family Fun Unplugged” a book aiming to take families off their digital devices.

12:00 - 12:20

The Life of a Gaming Engineer                                              
Keynote Speaker

In our second keynote address, we are joined by the amazing Brenda Romero, a BAFTA award-winning game director, entrepreneur, artist, Fulbright award recipient and presently game director and creator of the Empire of Sin franchise. Brenda is CEO and co-founder of Romero Games based in Galway, Ireland.

12:30 - 01:00

Meet the Women of Abbott                                              
Panel Discussion

Well renowned radio and TV broadcaster, Jess Kelly, will catch up with an exciting panel of  Abbott employees, diving into their education & careers and learning about how STEM has led them to their current roles, and how those roles are playing a part in helping millions of people around the world live healthier, fuller lives.

13:00 - 13:30

Knowing Niamh                                              
Q & A Session

Join Craig Slattery, a biomedical scientist, lecturer and science communicator in a fireside chat with his good friend and returning guest speaker Niamh Shaw. Niamh is a role model for STEM careers and the empowerment of women in business and will be discussing her work in STEM, Niamh recently won the Science Foundation Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to STEM Communication and has been voted as one of Irelands leading science communicators and STEAM specialists. She believes in dreaming big and is on a mission to get to Space!

13:00 - 13:30

Lets Talk Engineering                                              
Panel Discussion

In conversation with Jess Kelly, Data Engineer and Founder of Formula Female, Nicci Daly will be joined by one of ESB Group’s most experienced Mechanical Engineers, David Sexton. Our panelists will share insights on the energy that’s been driving their respective careers and will use their experiences to help students understand engineering more broadly.

13:30 - 14:00

Student Wellness Session 1                                             
Mental Health

The first of our student Health and Wellbeing sessions focuses on addressing mental health in young people. Former Dublin Gaelic footballer Shane Carthy will share his personal experience with mental health and the struggles he overcame at a young age. By sharing his story, Shane hopes that his experience can help other young people who may be going through a difficult time in their own lives.

13:40 - 14:20

Student Wellness Session 2                                             
Nutrition & Sleep

Our second student Health and Wellbeing session will explore the benefits of good nutrition, physical activity and sleep in helping students perform at their best. Well known youth activist Alicia O’Sullivan will be joined by and expert panel of Daniel Davey and Emma Brennan from Davey Nutrition and Samantha Dockray, author and lecturer from UCC to talk about the importance of sleep and how a good diet will help to keep you on track for a positive mindset.

14:15 - 15:00

Tech's Role in Fighting a Pandemic                                             
Panel Discussion

Ever since Covid-19 landed on our shores, our defence has been shaped largely by data. Contact tracing, flattening curves, transmission rates and the rate of R, is common terminology in our society. For this session, we get to hear from the creators of one of leading technologies in the fight against the pandemic, the COVID TRACKER App. Matt Cooper will be joined by the team behind the tech to learn more about their journey.

15:00: 15:40

Advancing Heart Health                                             
Panel Discussion

The final panel discussion of the day brings together two of Abbott’s finest experts in heart health. Dr Gillian Murtagh, Associate Medical Director of Cardiovascular diagnostics will be joined by Diarmuid Meagher, Research and Development Director at Abbott’s Vascular facility in Clonmel to discuss their roles in helping advance the detection and protection against heart disease. Both Gillian and Diarmuid have fascinating STEM journey’s and are passionate about sharing their experiences to help engage the next generation to consider a rewarding career in STEM.

15:30: 16:00

Improving Your Virtual Communication                                             
Live Workshop

Teachers are finely tuned communicators but, in these times, the rapid shift to virtual instruction has fundamentally changed the teaching profession. For some teachers, they struggle to replicate classroom dynamics within the limitations of video conferencing software or, like many teachers, are still grappling with the basics, like how to get students to participate on video. The good news is, we want to help!
We are delighted to have Bill Hoogterp, CEO and Founder of Own the Room, deliver a short virtual communication masterclass for teachers, that will immediately help them deliver design and deliver more engaged lesson plans in a virtual setting

16:00 - 16:30

Did Someone Say Datanaut?                                             
Keynote Speaker

Our final keynote speaker is one not to be missed. The amazing Fionnghuala O’Reilly joins us to talk about her exciting journey in STEM. Fionnghuala is a member of NASA’s Datanaut programme, executive director of the NASA Space Apps Challenge and an Ambassador for Engineers Ireland STEPS programme. Currently holding the title of Miss Universe Ireland, Fionnghuala uses her platform to advocate for Women in STEM and believes that STEM careers are secretly some of the most creative and artistic jobs in the world.

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.
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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.
If you have any questions or issues regarding registration for the event, then please contact or . You can also use these email addresses for any general queries regarding the event. For any technical issues, please email
The Aspire with Abbott event goes live on the 12th November and following the live day, attendees will be able to access the conference for a period of up to 90 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 90 days and attendees will be able to add content to their swag bag during this time.
The Aspire with Abbott event goes live on the 12th November and following the live day, attendees will be able to access the conference for a period of up to 90 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 90 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 registration opens on the 28th October.
Yes. The content will be available on-demand for a period of up to 90 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.