Past Events

Past SWMS Events and Symposia


SWMS at OSM 2018

There will be three opportunities to connect with SWMS at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR this February.

Wednesday, Feb. 14th: Town Hall

Join us from 12:45 to 1:45 pm in Oregon Convention Center B110-B112 to learn about how to bring SWMS to your institution!

Thursday, Feb. 15th:  Poster and Meet Up

Visit us in the poster hall at Poster ED44B-2474 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm!

After the poster session, we will be heading to a local restaurant.


URI SWMS Meet and Greet at CERF 2017

When: Wednesday Nov. 8th, directly following the final poster session (ending at 7 pm). A member of URI SWMS will wait near the CERF main registration desk to walk with anyone unfamiliar with the area; the group will leave for the Malted Barley at 7:15. You are also welcome to meet us directly at the Malted Barley.


4th Annual Symposium – November 3, 2017


The 2016 SWMS fall symposium was held on September 30 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA

The topic for this symposium was “Innovating the Oceans: women pushing boundaries in marine science”.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler from Boston University

Image courtesy of Fulweiler
Image courtesy of Fulweiler


The symposium was held at WHOI’s Clark Laboratory, room 507. Clark Lab is located on the Quissett Campus. Driving directions can be found at

Panel discussion during the 2016 Symposium. Image credit: Julie van der Hoop.
Panel discussion with (L to R) Judy McDowell, Susan Gardner, Scott Doney, and Rick Murray during the 2016 Symposium. Moderated by Ellie Bors (far left). Image credit: Julie van der Hoop.


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: Kathyn Ford, Lisa Gilbert, Amy Kukulya

16:15- Evaluation

16:30- Poster session with refreshments

17:30- The end.

The 2016 Symposium was planned entirely over Skype!
The 2016 Symposium was planned entirely over Skype!


Check out a summary of tweets from the 2016 symposium here. The organizers were featured as the WHOI Image of the Day on October 14, 2016.


SWMS hosted a symposium on marine science at MIT this fall. The symposium showcased the research of prominent faculty speakers, provide a forum to exhibit the work of young female scientists, and included discussions with administrators about improving the status of women in marine science.

Oceans@MIT featured an article about the symposium:

The organizing committee would like to thank the speakers and panel members without whom this symposium would not have been possible. We also thank the students, postdocs and early career faculty who attended. Who hope to see you all again at our next symposium.


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8:30: Check-in at Building 54 and set up posters in Morss Hall

9:00: Welcoming remarks in 54-100

9:15: Keynote speech by Amy Bower

10:00: Poster session in Morss Hall

11:00: Lunch served in Morss Hall

12:00: Invited speaker session Part 1: Heidi Sosik (WHOI), Melissa Omand (URI), Meagan Gonneea (USGS)

13:00: Coffee/snack break

13:30: Invited speaker session Part 2: Julie Granger (UCONN), Amala Mahadevan (WHOI), Michele LaVigne (Bowdoin), Juanita Urban-Rich (UMass Boston)

15:00: Panel Discussion: The Role of Research Institutions, Funding Agencies, Universities, and the Scientific Community in Addressing the Challenges Facing Women in Marine Science.

16:00: Get feedback and wrap up


Travel to the symposium at MIT

By Train:

MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak both service Boston’s South Station.  This is a good option from Providence RI, New York City, or locations in Massachusetts outside of Boston. MIT is easily accessible on the Red Line from South Station (see below).

By T (Boston’s metro system):

The MBTA T and bus systems provide great options for travel within Boston. MIT is on the RED LINE which also services Boston’s South Station and Alewife Station.

From South Station and points south, take the Red Line inbound towards Alewife and get off the train at the Kendall Square/MIT stop.

From Alewife Station, take the Red Line inbound towards either Braintree or Ashmont and get off the train at the Kendall Square/MIT stop.

Driving and parking information:

Google maps has very reliable directions to MIT.

Parking is unregulated on the weekends in MIT’s Hayward Lot (see info on parking at MIT here, including a map highlighting Hayward Lot).  Free parking is also available along Memorial Drive if you are lucky enough to find a spot.  Beware of streets with Cambridge resident parking signs.  You will be ticketed and/or towed!

Please note that one option, if you prefer not to drive into the city, is to drive to Braintree station or Alewife station, park, and take the Red Line train into the city (see above).

Building information:

The majority of the day’s events, including registration, will take place in a lecture theater in the Green Building at MIT, which is also affectionately knows as “Building 54.”  It is conspicuous as it is the tallest high rise on the MIT Campus. See MIT’s map search engine with building 54 highlighted. 

Posters will be in Morss Hall in Walker Memorial, aka Building 50, a short walk from the Green Building.

To get there on foot from the Kendall T Stop, walk west on Main St., turn left on Ames Street, and turn right into the MIT campus when you pass Building 66. You will find yourself at the base of the green building.  Take the elevator or stairs up to the “LL” floor (first floor).


SWMS Fall workshop 2014, WHOI

Thank you to all of the participants of the SWMS fall workshop!

In September, SWMS held its first fall workshop on Challenges and Solutions for Women in Marine Science. Over ninety researchers attended, filling the room to capacity.

A recent blog post here highlighted the workshop.

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A full house at the workshop

Talks were given by Dr. Sallie Chisholm of MIT and Dr. Kathrin Zippel of Northeastern University; researchers from different stages of their careers and a number of different institutions were part of a panel on specific challenges faced by women scientists; and participants discussed how a community of female marine scientists can meet the needs of women in that field.

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Dr. Sallie Chisholm’s talk on her work advocating for women faculty at MIT

Dr. Sallie Chisholm’s talk – the MIT Gender Equity Study

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Dr. Zippel’s talk on women in global science
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Panel on challenges and solutions for women in marine science

Fall workshop presenters:


Sallie (Penny) Chisholm, Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

Panel on challenges and solutions for women in marine science:

Heidi M. Sosik, Senior Scientist, WHOI

Wally Fulweiler, Associate Professor, Earth and Environment/Biology, Boston University

Deb Goodwin, Assistant Professor, Oceanography, SEA Semester

Helen White, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Haverford College

Juanita Urban-Rich, Associate Professor, School for the Environment, UMASS Boston

Climbing Glass Fences: Women in Global Science:

Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor, Sociology, Northeastern University

This workshop has been made possible by the following funding sources:

The National Science Foundation Ocean Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Student Organization ODGE fund

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Women’s Committee