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At the iWishing well: Amy Darkwah of Ardgillan Community College, Ella Beach of Loreto Abbey, Dalkey, iWish founder Caroline O’Driscoll, Temi Alabi of Ardgillan Community College and Poppy Cotter of Loreto Abbey, Dalkey at iWish 2020 in the RDS. PHOTO: JULIAN BEHAL

At the iWishing well: Amy Darkwah of Ardgillan Community College, Ella Beach of Loreto Abbey, Dalkey, iWish founder Caroline O’Driscoll, Temi Alabi of Ardgillan Community College and Poppy Cotter of Loreto Abbey, Dalkey at iWish 2020 in the RDS. PHOTO: JULIAN BEHAL

At the iWishing well: Amy Darkwah of Ardgillan Community College, Ella Beach of Loreto Abbey, Dalkey, iWish founder Caroline O’Driscoll, Temi Alabi of Ardgillan Community College and Poppy Cotter of Loreto Abbey, Dalkey at iWish 2020 in the RDS. PHOTO: JULIAN BEHAL

Thousands of female students attended the 2020 iWish conference, opening their eyes to a career in Stem. The sixth annual conference was held in the RDS and saw 6,000 female students attend.

The annual event in Dublin and Cork showcases science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) to young women - a demographic poorly represented in those areas.

Less than 25pc of the Stem workforce are female, but iWish says its aim is "to break down the barriers that face young females when it comes to choosing a career in Stem".

There will be more than 147 talks and keynote speeches by speakers thriving in Stem, 62 interactive exhibitions and workshops for the students.

Since its establishment in 2015, more than 22,000 female students have attended an iWish event.

Caroline O'Driscoll, co-founder of iWish, said: "Our latest survey results revealed that 64pc of students state they do not know enough about Stem.

"iWish aims to bridge this information gap and give young women the opportunity to explore their potential within Stem sectors."

Irish Independent