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 the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and is now run by volunteer early-career scientists based around the US .

What We Do:


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.

We will be holding our first ever spring symposium in March! The symposium will be hosted by our URI chapter, with a focus on mentoring and undergraduate participation in marine science.

save the date for SWMS 2018, with two compasses on a blue background. contact uriswms@gmail.com with questions.


Our first local chapter was established in 2016 at the University of Rhode Island. We have a blog post about their group here. We also have several other chapters around the US – check out the map below!

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.