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CASTeL is Ireland’s largest research centre in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. CASTeL’s mission is to support the development of STEM learners from an early age, and so enhance the scientific, mathematical and technological capacity of Irish society.For almost two decades, CASTeL has made significant contributions in the field of STEM education both nationally and internationally. Through evidence-based research, CASTeL is leading and advising on the development of innovative and effective curriculum, teaching and learning in STEM education across the continuum from early childhood to postgraduate level. Moreover, CASTeL is uniquely placed to provide interdisciplinary research because of its diverse range of expertise within STEM education disciplines (Mathematics, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Digital Learning and Technology). CASTeL encompasses research expertise from across the Faculty of Science and Health and the DCU Institute of Education – which is the leading provider of teacher education in Ireland. This enables CASTeL to be at the forefront of the development of prospective teachers’ knowledge and skills for teaching STEM subjects.


Centre for the Advancement of STEM teaching and Learning (CASTeL)


30% Club

The 30% Club Ireland officially launched in January 2015, with a goal to achieve better gender balance at all levels in leading Irish businesses. The 30% Club believes that gender balance on boards and executive leadership not only encourages better leadership and governance, but further contributes to better all-round board performance, and ultimately increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders. The initiative is complementary to individual company efforts and existing networking groups, adding to these through collaboration and the visible commitment of senior business leaders. Over 200 Irish Chairs and CEOs of leading businesses are supporters of the 30% Club Ireland. These leaders are committed to accelerating gender balance in their organisations through voluntary actions. The 30% Club is a collaborative business-led effort to make real change in Ireland, aiming towards 30% female representation in senior management by 2020.

Connecting Women in Technology

Connecting Women in Technology is a network of Irish based technology companies who all share a common goal to support the development of women in the technology industry. Founded by Accenture, Dell and Microsoft in 2011, the network today spans 20 leading multinational technology companies, who all collaborate to attract, promote and encourage women in STEM careers.

Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. Science Foundation Ireland funds oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Department of Education

The Government of Ireland, Department of Education supports the country to facilitate individuals through learning, to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland’s social, cultural and economic development.

Skillnet Ireland

Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland, responsible for advancing the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led workforce development.

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