Fighting Blindness International Women’s Day event: #BreakTheBias

Aligned with its strategic goals, Fighting Blindness wish to support, nurture and promote the next generation of female researchers. We therefore invite you to join us and our guest speakers on our International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias event on March 8, kindly supported by its4womenas we discuss the challenges female researchers face as a result of gender bias and how to overcome these challenges while developing your career.

We will close up the webinar with the announcement of the Young Female Researcher Bursary winner.

For the third year in a row, with the support of its4women, we are very proud to award our Young Female Researcher Bursary to a promising early stage female researcher working in the area of sight loss in Ireland.

The webinar event is open to researchers and clinicians from Ireland or abroad, and it will be recorded for the registrants who can not make it on the day.


  • Date: March 8

  • Time: 12:15pm – 1:30pm

  • Location: Online, via Zoom webinar

The event will comprise of short talks from our 2 speakers (15 minutes each) and a Q&A session for each speaker (10 minutes). This will be followed by the presentation of the Young Female Researcher Bursary.

Questions for speakers can be sent before the event by email or asked live on the day. To submit questions please email .


Annalisa Montesanti

Annalisa Montesanti

Annalisa is a Programme Manager at the Research Strategy and Funding Directorate, Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland. Annalisa joined the HRB in 2005 and she has been involved in managing several schemes, such as investigator led project and programmes, career development schemes and European and other collaborative initiatives. Since 2016 Annalisa has been leading the portfolio of the Research Careers in health research after developing a framework aimed to deliver a coordinated approach to building capacity and capability in health research in Ireland. She is also leading the integration of persistent identifiers, such as ORCID, in grant management and is also involved in developing some grant management policies.

Annalisa is also deeply involved in promoting open science, open and FAIR data and the DORA principles and the implementation of narrative based CV for researchers to improve responsible research assessment also in close collaboration internationally.

Annalisa had also many years of experience in scientific research and has worked in Italy, England, and Ireland. She has a BSc from Palermo University in Italy and a PhD in cancer biology from the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford, UK.


Tara Hughes

Tara Hughes

Tara is currently the Research Careers Manager in UCD working with Postdoctoral Researchers. Tara’s background is in HR, Learning & Development & Organisation Development.

Prior to joining UCD Careers Network, she was in UCD HR where her key programmes were in Faculty Development & Mentoring. Prior to UCD, Tara worked in HR roles in global technology-driven organisations in Dublin & London.

Tara holds an MBS in HRM from UCD & a certificate in Teaching & Learning.


Registration is free and can be made through Eventbrite at this link.

The Zoom webinar link will be sent to registrants closer to the date of the event.

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