Students, Families and Teachers ASPIRE with ABBOTT at Special STEM Event in Longford

LONGFORD, Nov. 8, 2019 – Abbott, the global healthcare company, hosted a special event in the Back Stage Theatre in Longford that explored career opportunities that exist within the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Delivered in partnership with Midland Science Festival, ASPIRE with ABBOTT brought together parents, teachers and students to hear from guest speakers, Abbott employees and patients whose lives have been impacted by innovative healthcare technologies.

The speakers included Dr. Craig Slattery, a biomedical scientist, lecturer at UCD and a science communicator; Dr Niamh Shaw, one of Ireland’s leading science communicators, a scientist and actress; and Paul Carroll, Business Development Director of Cpl Resources, a recognised leader in workforce solutions and specialist recruitment.

Abbott employees based at the company’s diagnostics business in Longford also shared their own personal experiences in STEM-related roles. This included their career journeys, the range of opportunities that they have taken, their current roles and what it is like to work in a global healthcare company.

Daragh Fallon, CSR and Communications Manager for Abbott, shared the vision behind ASPIRE with Abbott: “As a global health technology company that recruits world-class scientists and engineers, we know that young people are a critical factor in solving the world’s biggest problems with smart, imaginative thinking.

“The world of STEM can feel daunting for both young people and their families, particularly if it is unfamiliar. ASPIRE with ABBOTT aims to provide a creative experience that encourages young people to engage in STEM. The evening focused on topics such as the importance of subject choice, the future of work and how to build a pathway to third-level education and beyond.

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“This event is part of our wider commitment to support our communities across Ireland. Last year our employees delivered more than 7,000 volunteer hours to good causes across the country. We are passionate about supporting young people and education, and this is the focus of much of our community work.”

Throughout November, Abbott will be hosting events nationwide that aim to engage more than 1,000 children, parents and teachers including two more ASPIRE with ABBOTT events in Sligo (13th Nov) and Clonmel (16th Nov). For more information visit Eventbrite.ie.

About Abbott:
Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott in Ireland:
Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care products including diagnostics, medical devices and nutritionals products. In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 4,000 people across nine sites. We have six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third-party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. Abbott has commercial, support operations and shared services in Dublin and Galway. We have been operating in Ireland since 1946.

Media:
Brian Harrison, MKC Communications
brian@mkc.ie | +353 1 7038616

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Discovery and Exploration in Longford with Abbott

Aidan and Mary Harris age 8 and 6, Aeveen Rollins, age 6 from Longford, Pauline Nally, Helena Warnock
Photo by Shelley Corcoran

The annual Midlands Science Festival kicked off on Saturday with the Abbott Discovery Day which took place in St. Mel’s school in Longford as part of Science Week 2018.

The day featured fun for people of all ages with dinosaurs, tortoises, exciting experiments, a mobile planetarium and lots more! There is lots more planned for the week ahead so keep an eye on our events page for details! #scienceweek