STEM Partnership —STEM Paths

AbbVie’s commitment to STEM—developing partnerships that positively
influence science education.

AbbVie is committed to leveraging its expertise in the field of science and business practices to positively influence education in the communities in which it has a presence. One key objective is helping transform, promote and support STEM-related projects and activities and AbbVie actively engages with schools, colleges and industry partners to achieve this ambition.

AbbVie recently hosted a unique STEM-focused event in partnership with The Irish Times. It explored how Irish industry, educators, professional bodies and others stakeholders can work together to deliver optimum engagement in STEM disciplines and help steer our students to future success.

Roundtable workshop, organisations including Science Foundation Ireland, Engineers Ireland, BioPharmaChem Ireland, PIER, IDA and representatives of some of Ireland’s leading universities discussed the current landscape of STEM in Ireland, reviewing the challenges and opportunities that exist in this area.

AbbVie convened the event to discuss ways in which companies can play a more prominent role in overcoming negative perceptions of STEM amongst school-goers. AbbVie believes industry can help Irish students better see the potential that undoubtedly exists for successful, fulfilling careers utilising these disciplines in Ireland with locally-based companies.

STEM Paths—Attendees at the STEM Paths event in The Irish Times were:

Back Row (from L-R): Louise Clarke, AbbVie; Dr Patricia Kieran, UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering; John Nugent, IDA;  Dr Helena Kelly, School of Pharmacy, RCSI; Roseanne O’Leary, Engineers Ireland; Margie McCarthy, SFI; Sophie Moran, BioPharmaChem Ireland; Prof Anne Marie Healy, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCD; Marty Ryan, AbbVie.

Front Row (from L-R): Dr Maura Kinahan, PIER; Caroline McClafferty, AbbVie; Dick Ahlstrom, The Irish Times; Todd Manning, AbbVie; Matt Moran, BioPharmaChem Ireland .

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Some of the insights, recommendations and ideas raised at this meeting are presented in our STEM Paths event video below and meeting report.

This video explores ways AbbVie and other key stakeholders can create an interest in STEM disciplines and highlights the exciting and diverse career opportunities that are available to students.

Why STEM graduates are key to Ireland’s economic future—watch the video.