An exciting new series of online panel discussions, IMarEST Explores, has been launched by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. Experts from all corners of the marine world will come together to explore the big issues affecting the marine industry. Will geoengineering relieve or worsen the plight of the oceans? How can true gender diversity transform the marine sector? With time running out, what does rapid decarbonisation look like?
The series is open to the public and is a chance for important discussion amongst professionals who have real experience of the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the marine sector. The sheer breadth of disciplines, professions and differing perspectives within the Institute, by way of its multidisciplinary membership, is sure to make for some fascinating conversations.
“Climates are warming, ice is melting and sea levels are rising. Difficult questions such as ‘What should the focus of our work be?’, ‘Where do the solutions lie?’, ‘Do we have the right skills in our industry?’ feel yet more pressured when the stakes are so high. IMarEST Explores comes at a time when we urgently need to examine these questions in depth and through a collaborative lens. Each panel discussion will directly relate to the Institute’s overarching vision of a world where marine resources and activities are sustained, managed and developed for the benefit of humanity.” Gwynne Lewis, Chief Executive, IMarEST.
The first discussion in the series will look at gender diversity in the marine sector, with an international expert panel including Arduni Mastura Abu Bakar CSci CMarSci MIMarEST, Corporate Environment Manager at Bumi Armada, Capt. Reshma Nilofer Naha MNI , Marine Pilot for Kolkata Port Trust, Fatoumatta Cassama MIMarEST, Regulatory Specialist at Lloyd's Register, Angela Gillham MIMarEST, Deputy CEO for Maritime Industry Australia Ltd, Cdr. Cass Ryan CEng CMarEng FIMarEST RAN, Director Training Authority Engineering for Royal Australian Navy and Roxanne Lek CEng MIES MRINA MIMarEST, Business Analyst at Fugro.
It is well documented that greater gender equality increases economic growth and GDP. Improving gender diversity is one of the single fastest ways to speed development in any industry – creating a bigger talent pool, more skills and fresh ideas, not to mention a different point of view. But in practice, the path to achieving this vision is riddled with obstructions. This panel will explore the importance of equality and diversity at a personal, local, and global level, and will examine challenges, triumphs, and ambitions for the future. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Bev Mackenzie CSci CMarSci FMBA FIMarEST, representative to IMO in London and Manager Marine Environment at BIMCO.