How do you say SWMS?

We pronounce it “swims!”

What is marine science?

Marine scientists study the ocean, estuaries, and associated environments. The topics one can study within marine sciences are manyfold, but are commonly divided in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry and geology. Multidisciplinary research, like the interaction between chemistry and biology, is also very important in order to understand the ocean as a whole. Some marine scientists go out in the field to gather data; others use satellite data or run computer models to simulate the processes they are interested in.

Why do we need a society for women in marine science?

The history of oceanography, or marine science, lies in seafarer’s notes on features they encountered on their voyages. In later times explorations were undertaken by various navies as they wanted to use the information for their fleets. Because of this, and because early marine sciences focused mainly on the physics of ocean circulation, oceanography started out as a predominantly male field of science. Nowadays many women are interested in marine science, but though there are many female students, very few senior scientists are women. Lack of female role models and support are a few of the reasons why women do not stay in the field. SWMS aims to be a source of support for women in marine science.

What makes SWMS different from other women’s groups?

We want to work in tandem with other organizations and groups, not in competition – we are glad that there are a lot of groups focused on supporting women! What makes SWMS different from a general “women in science” group is that we can address issues that come up specifically in marine science, like field work. We are different from other organizations because we have an emphasis on students at all levels finding support to pursue any career that interests them, which allows people to branch out from academic tracks.

What does SWMS do?

SWMS aims to promote women in all the marine sciences. Resources and opportunities are posted on our website and social media pages. An annual workshop is organized where women can present their work and network with peers in their field.

Who can be a member of the society for women in marine science?

Anyone involved in marine science, at all career stages, can be able to be a member of the society.  To become a member (it’s free!), please fill out our membership form.

I’m a man. Can I still be involved with the society for women in marine science?

Yes. In fact, we’d very much like you to get involved. We’d like to make male scientists more aware of the issues that women in marine science face. Only the marine sciences community as a whole can support the advancement of female scientists in the field. Anyone can sign up to be a member and can register for our workshops.

Will you advertise my event/job/organization? Do you have members who will talk to me about my article or project?

Reach out to us at swms.general.contact@gmail.com!

Are you a non-profit?

We do not yet have 501(c) status, but we are entirely volunteer operated and work with a very small budget. We hope to pursue registered non-profit status in the near future.


Updated Spring 2018

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