Who are we?

Welcome to Irish Association for Women in Geosciences!

We are an international chapter of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG). AWG is an international organisation that helps to foster professional advancement and retention of female geoscientists by providing financial support, professional development and leadership opportunities, and advocating on behalf of women geoscientists across the globe.

The aim of this chapter is to encourage, promote and support women geoscientists at all levels of their career (from undergraduate to professionals) by hosting social networking events, career days, workshops, panel discussions and Q&A’s, fieldtrips, short courses and mentoring programmes.

The chapter is open to anyone who supports these goals so if you’re interested in becoming a member, taking part in some events, or simply fancy a chat about women in geoscience then get in touch!


Wondering who’s behind the scenes? Say hello to just some of our wonderful committee…

IAWG are pleased to announce that we have a new committee and are ready for a new year of amazing things! Introducing our brand new committee members:

Aisling Scully– We would like to introduce our new President, @SlipTendency . Aisling has an MSc in Structural Geology from @UniversityLeeds and is now in year 2 of her PhD @uccBEES. Her research is focused on the #nucleation and growth of #fracture sealing #minerals in #geothermal systems.

Marta Cabello – Our new #IAWG Vice-President, @menudolio. Marta obtained her degree in Marine Science from @univcadiz and she is currently on the first year of her #PhD at @GeogNUIG researching past oceanic biogeochemical processes to build better #climate models

Aileen Doran – Committee member Aileen @aileendoran1 completed her undergraduate degree in #Geology at @uccBEES before moving on to work on the @TellusGSI project at the @GeolSurvIE. Aileen is currently doing a PhD in ore #geochemistry at @UCD_Geosciences & @iCRAGcentre and is in her 3rd year!

Dr Siddhi Joshi #IAWG Media officer Dr Siddhi Joshi @seabedhabitats is coastal oceanographer in Geography at NUI Galway @GeogNUIG. She came to Ireland to do her PhD modelling #maerl sediment dynamics in Griffith Biogeoscience Group @EOS_NUIG & has studied at Southampton, London & Pembrokeshire.

Clodagh Gillen– Clodagh Gillen is a Media Officer with IAWG. She completed a BSc in Earth and Ocean Science in NUIG @EOS_NUIG, she followed this with an MSc in Hydrogeology in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Clodagh is now working in SLR Consulting Ltd as a Project Hydrogeologist.

Odhrán McCarthy – Odhrán is an ordinary committee member with IAWG and our previous vice president. He completed his undergraduate Geology degree with University College Cork in 2016 and then started a PhD as part of the hydrocarbons spoke in iCRAG based in University College Cork. Odhran is 2 and a half years into his project on the provenance of Mesozoic sediments in the North Celtic Sea and Saint Georges Channel Basins.

Dr Emma Morris – Dr Emma Morris is IAWG secretary. She completed a BSc in Geoscience @EarthSciStA followed by a PhD in sedimentology @LivUni, before working in the hydrocarbon industry in Texas. In 2016 she started a postdoc @UCD_Geosciences where her research focuses on deepwater sedimentology.

Dakota Holmes – Meet our new #IAWG Media Officer @DakotaEHolmes, a queer climate scientist! He completed a BSc in Biology at @MercyhurstU and a MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments from @GeogNUIG. Dakota is currently investigating abrupt climate events for his #PhD within the #MorPalaeoLab.

Coming soon: Aoife Brady– Our Treasurer

Not to mention our amazing team of hard-working volunteers without whom all our events could not happen!

Interested in getting involved? No matter what your time commitments we are always looking for people to help out so if you’re interested in taking part or have ideas on what we can do then get in touch!