The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) celebrates 60th anniversary in Dublin.
Pictures at the event are (From L to R): Mary Moloney, Retired Course Director, Human Nutrition and Dietetics Undergraduate degree, DIT Dublin; Sarah Keogh, Freelance Dietitian and member of INDI Senior management team and Jessica Lee, student dietitian.
On the Occasion of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the INDI hosted an event for members and guests in the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street in Dublin in October 2018. Over 100 dietitians and students gathered to celebrate the growth of the profession in Ireland to the current almost 900 dietitians working in hospitals, industry, research, industry and private practice.
INDI was delighted that Prof Mary McCarron, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, principal investigator, IDS-TILDA, director, Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, attended and gave the keynote address. The theme of the anniversary year is ‘Women in Science’ so it was particularly apt that a woman with such a distinguished career clinically, scientifically and academically should agree to share her experiences with INDI members. In Ireland, over 96% of dietitians are female – a very poor balance which we hope more male students entering the profession will help to change.
As the first female Dean of Health Sciences in Trinity College, Dublin, Professor Mc Carron stressed the importance of remaining focussed on developing one’s own profession and being the change that you want to see.
She presented some sobering statistics in relation to gender inequality in science and academia. These demonstrated that despite policies to promote equality, large gender gaps in senior levels of Irish academia remain. While there are similar numbers of men and women in academia, only 20% of senior professorial post are occupied by women and there has never been a female university president in Ireland.
Richelle Flanagan, former INDI board member and current board member of the Coeliac Society of Ireland, was also awarded Honorary membership of INDI at the event.