swmslogoThe Society for Women in Marine Science seeks to create a community of marine researchers who acknowledge and address the difficulties facing women and minorities in the marine field. Retention of female scientists is notoriously difficult, but it is not an insurmountable problem. By connecting women with their peers, SWMS hopes to strengthen the marine science community. SWMS provides a framework for discussion, networking, and potentially mentoring for young marine scientists. Annual meetings focus on women’s issues in marine science, showcasing the work of young researchers, and networking.

Save the Date! SWMS symposium September 30, 2016, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA

Our topic for this year’s symposium is Innovating the Oceans: women pushing boundaries in marine science.

Keynote speaker Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler from Boston University (http://www.fulweilerlab.com) has agreed to talk to us about her research and career.

For those who cannot attend in person we plan to live-stream the keynote talk. The link to the live-stream will be published on twitter during the event.

Registration is now closed.


Tentative schedule

8:30- Check-in and set up posters

9:00- Welcoming remarks by Mark Abbott, Director at WHOI

9:15- Keynote by Robinson ‘Wally’ Fulweiler

10:00- Coffee break

10:30- Panel discussion “Institutional Policies to Improve Diversity in the Ocean Sciences: where we are and where we need to be”

Panel members: Scott Doney, Susan Gardner, Judy McDowell, Rick Murray

12:00- Lunch

13:00- Innovative research—short talks followed by discussion

Speakers: Sonya Dhyrman, Colleen Hansel, Julie Huber, Rhian Waller

14:30- Coffee/snack break

14:45- Innovating the work place— short talks followed by discussion

Speakers: Kathryn Ford, Lisa Gilbert, Amy Kukulya

16:15- Evaluation

16:30- Poster session with refreshments

17:30- The end.

Oct 10, 2015, MIT in Cambridge, MA

SMWS hosted a research symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday October 10, 2015. The symposium was intended to showcase young female scientists’ work, while also exposing them to the research of prominent faculty in the field of marine science. There was a keynote by Dr. Amy Bower, a senior scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at WHOI. Dr. Bower studies large and meso-scale ocean circulation, dynamics of western boundary currents and vortices, as well as inter-gyre exchange processes. In addition to conducting her research, she is heavily involved in outreach and education, including a TEDx talk titled “Science without Sight”.

The afternoon consisted of concurrent invited speakers sessions as well as a poster session, and panel session on the role of institutions in supporting women in marine science. Men and women graduate students, post docs, and faculty were all welcome.

For more information about this and future SWMS workshops and symposia sign up for the SWMS email list by visiting http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/swms. We’d like to thank our funding sources for this year’s symposium: Office of the Dean of Graduate Education at MIT, MIT/WHOI Joint Program Student Group, and McLane Research Laboratories, Inc.