Help shape the vision of the IMarEST Women’s Network by joining the first meeting, either in person or virtually.
This event is not exclusive to women, we very much welcome male involvement and support.
The first meeting of the IMarEST Women’s Network will seek to outline what such a forum should provide. We’d like to explore how this network can be used to make a difference in the marine sector and how it can improve women’s experience of being a member of the Institute.
Those attending both in person and virtually will be able to share their ideas and help shape the agenda going forward. The meeting will begin with a talk from Francesca Santoro, who works at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO on ocean literacy and ocean science communication activities.
If you are attending virtually, you can use sli.do to offer comments and ask questions (details and access code will be provided in an email an hour before the event once you register below).
For those who are attending in person:
Meeting 11:30 – 12:30 BST
Lunch 12:30 – 13:00 BST
Only 2% of the world's 1.2 million seafarers are women and 94% of those are working in the cruise industry. In marine science, although there are encouraging signs, women are still under-represented. Today women account for only 30% of the world’s researchers and even lower percentages at higher decision-making levels. And within the IMarEST only 3% of our members are female.
Within a historically male-dominated industry, the UN and a number of specialist organisations representing women have been making a concerted effort to help the marine sector move forward and support women to achieve a representation that is in keeping with 21st century expectations – where gender equality is not just a women’s issue but an issue for everyone to grapple with.