Inspirefest 2018 has kicked off at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The two-day event is Europe’s leading conference of technology, science and the arts.
There will be fifty keynote speakers from twenty different countries at the event, which has an attendance of 3,000 delegates across the two days. Approximately 65 per cent of the attendees are female.
The stated aim of Inspirefest is to celebrate and challenge perspectives and norms relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and the arts. The themes for this year’s event vary from Environmental and Marine Science to Space Exploration, tackling the biases in Artificial Intelligence and the Talent Dividend that can be created by companies embracing those with differences, from autism to blindness and beyond.
Pictured above: Activist and aspiring astronaut Taylor Richardson, co-founder and CEO of Stemettes, Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE; Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD; Inspirefest founder Ann O’Dea; pro vice-chancellor of the faculty of health and life science at the Unversity of Liverpool, Louise Kenny; and Head of Design Thinking at Bank of Ireland, Leslie Tully
Image by: Conor McCabe Photography