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Parents, Students and Teachers Attend STEM Careers Event at Abbott for Science Week 2018

Over 250 students, families and teachers attend "ASPIRE at Abbott" in Clonmel

CLONMEL, Nov. 11, 2018 – Abbott, the global healthcare company, hosted one of the first major events of Science Week 2018. "ASPIRE with Abbott," which took place at Abbott’s Clonmel facility, was a showcase of STEM careers and supporting students as they build a pathway to third-level education.

ASPIRE with Abbott welcomed more than 250 students, parents and teachers hearing from a range of inspiring speakers from the science and technology industries. Abbott employees shared stories and outlined the many exciting and diverse roles that exist careers in STEM offer. Other speakers included Irish scientist and former winner of the BT Young Scientist Ciara Judge and Peter Cosgrave, founder of the Future of Work Institute, and STEM advocate Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain.

Deirdre Mullins, site director of Abbott’s vascular business in Clonmel, explained the company’s passion for STEM in Ireland: “Abbott has been supporting Science Week for more than 10 years because we believe that by sparking the interest of young people early in life, we can provide a foundation for the next generation of scientific leaders to shape the future of innovation.”

“We have a strong culture of giving in Ireland. Last year, our employees delivered more than 6,500 volunteer hours to good causes across the country, and many of those hours were dedicated to STEM education. We are passionate about supporting young people and education, and this is the focus of much of our community work.”

“Abbott supports the government’s ambition that Ireland should have the best education and training system in Europe. We are passionate about supporting the government’s development of an effective and engaging teaching, learning and assessment environment for STEM education, and we believe that events such as ASPIRE with Abbott can help advance this important work.”

Over the course of Science Week, Abbott will be hosting events nationwide that aim to engage more than 1,500 children, parents and teachers. In addition to ASPIRE with Abbott events in both Clonmel and Sligo, highlights will include a series of six Family Science events that feature Abbott volunteers sharing their passion for science by leading primary students, parents and teachers through a range of hands-on and fun experiments.

About Abbott:

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world – in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals – that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

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.  

Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

Abbott Media:

Brian Harrison, MKC Communications
01 7038616/ brian@mkc.ie

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