Women in Oceanography: A virtual conference in honor of International Women's Day

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 -
3:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Francesca Santoro (f.santoro@unesco.org)

Virtual Conference: Please register via http://on.unesco.org/2mO0kT2

Although women began to join oceanographic expeditions in the 60’s and female representation in academic research has increased since then, the ratio of women to men at higher ranks in ocean science still lags. New results revealed that female scientists make up for on average 38% of the researchers in ocean science, about 10 percentage points higher than the global share of female researchers.

The objective of this initiative is to create the opportunities for young scientists interested in ocean science to get in contact with female oceanographers with an established career, to discuss ways for improving the participation of female scientists in oceanography.
A virtual conference with a panel made of 4 female marine scientists from different fields (i.e. marine biology, physical oceanography, marine geology etc.) will be organized for the International Women’s Day 2017.

After short presentations by each of the panelists on their experience as female marine scientists, on their views on how we can improve the participation of female scientists in oceanography, and what role for the IOC, the floor will be given to the participants who will pose questions to panelists, and will have the opportunity to share their stories.

Keynote participants include:
• Wendy Watson-Wright,CEO, Ocean Frontier Institute
• Paola Cessi,University of California San Diego
• Suchana Apple Chavanich, Deputy Director, Chula Unisearch, Thailand
• Elva G. Escobar-Briones, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico