The Society for Women in Marine Science brings together marine scientists of all career levels to discuss the diverse experiences of women in marine science, celebrate the research done by women in the field, and promote the visibility of women in the marine science community.


SWMS was founded in 2014 by a group of women at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and is now run by volunteer early-career scientists based around the US .

What We Do:

SWMS 2017: 4th Annual Symposium on November 3, 2017, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

SWMS holds an annual fall symposium that brings members from around New England together. We try to dedicate equal time to pure science and discussion of women’s issues. Read about our past symposia here.

Information about this year’s symposium is available  here.

We are also in the process of planning our first spring symposium, which will be hosted by our URI chapter and will focus on mentoring and undergraduate participation in marine science.


Our first local chapter was established in 2016 at the University of Rhode Island. We have a blog post about their group here.

Are you interested in starting a SWMS chapter at your institution? We have more information available on our Chapters page.


For periodic updates about SWMS and the research our members do, check out our blog.

How to get involved:

Become a member

Becoming a SWMS member is free and easy — just fill out the form on our membership page. We encourage you to spread the word to your friends and colleagues, so that as many people can be involved with SWMS as possible!

Find lots more ways to get involved with SWMS here.