Fionnuala Margreiter ( nee McKelvey), who is originally from Fintown, was named Austria’s FemTech expert of the month.
In order to promote the importance of the input of women in the fields of technology and research in Austria, an interdisciplinary team of senior representatives from business, science and personnel management elected Ms Margreiter as the FemTech expert for the month of April.
FEMtech is a programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) to promote equal opportunities in research and technology. Women should be specifically supported in the fields of Technology & Research and the working conditions in industrial and academic research should be adapted in such a way as to equally correspond to the needs of both women and men.
Fionnuala is employed as an International Project Manager in the company CEMIT (Center of Excellence in Medicine & IT GmbH), Innsbruck, Austria where she has been working for the last seven years.
The main aim of CEMIT is to organize Health research for scientists and industry partners.
In Ireland Fionnuala studied Biological Sciences, followed by a PhD at the University of Ulster. She was then employed in various different project management posts including fisheries research officer, development of “Bealach na Gaeltachta” (Donegal) walking routes, community & enterprise development officer with Donegal County Council and finally as “Centre Director” of the Northern Ireland Centre for European Cooperation at the University of Ulster before moving to Tyrol, Austria for private reasons.
Her current duties at CEMIT include the administrative management of an EU FP7 project OPTATIO (Optimising targets and therapeutics in high risk and refractory multiple myeloma) which researches new therapies for multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow). She is also involved in sourcing funding for potential new projects at a national and international level.