SWMS Events and Symposia
Our major focus is an annual symposium, with invited speakers and attendees from institutions across New England and as far away as Maryland and Maine. We have organized 3 symposia, held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in 2014 and 2016, and at MIT in 2015. Participation has grown annually with 38 participants from 6 institutions in 2015, and in 101 participants from 30 institutions in 2016. Attendees have included graduate students, postdocs, early-career faculty and tenured faculty, as well as technicians, engineers, government scientists, funding program officers, business owners, and administrators.
When composing the symposium program, it has been our goal to devote equal time to presentations and discussions about women’s issues and pure science talks that celebrate the science being done by women. In 2016, our symposium consisted of 5 sessions: a keynote talk by Professor Wally Fulweiler about her journey to professorship, a panel on equality in the sciences and obstacles still facing women, invited talks on women in the workplace, invited talks on innovative science by women, and finally a poster session and networking happy hour.
Interested in our previous events? Read all about them here.