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OCEANS 2023 Town Hall - The Authority Gap

This Town Hall provided an opportunity to connect, inform, and discuss strategies to address and help close the authority gap. To access these resources, click here

Women Leadership in Marine Technology Webinar Series

Upcoming webinars

View the archived webinars and associated resources from this series:

  • Women Leadership in Marine Technology and Science: Women Retention in STEM (July 12, 2023)- Female undergraduates now outnumber males at American colleges and universities. In 2020, women made up 45 percent of STEM majors, an increase of 10 percent over the previous decade. However, the STEM workforce remains challenging for many women. In 2019 the US Census Bureau data revealed the that only 27 percent of STEM workers were women. This indicates a STEM workplace culture problem. Join us for a discussion on retaining women in the STEM workforce.
  • Women Leadership in Marine Science and Technology Webinar: Microagressions (April 12, 2023) - Microaggressions. Their impact is anything but small. They come in many forms and are experienced by a variety of people in a variety of settings. Microaggressions can be experienced repeatedly by women in the workplace — and often, the problematic behaviors that make women feel uncomfortable at work go unrecognized by colleagues. Join us for a conversion with experts about microaggressions - how to recognize them and tips for what to do when identified.
  • Women Leadership in Marine Science and Technology Webinar: Find Your Inner Entrepreneur (January 11, 2023) - Join us for a discussion about women-owned businesses, where to start if you have an idea, or just are curious about what it might take to start your own business.
  • Hosting Events – Lessons Learned and Connections Made (July 13, 2022) - this webinar focuses on hosting your own events to promote women in marine technology and sciences
  • Wage Gap (April 13, 2022) - Women make less than men in some science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. But why? Please join us for this conversation to uncover some of the reasons behind this continuing trend.
  • Implicit/Unconscious Bias (January 12, 2022) - An interactive panel discussion on the implicit/unconscious bias that can invade the workplace and our lives. Learn how to recognize it and best practices to address it. 
  • We Do Not New Saving, We Need Allies (October 13, 2021) - Empowerment is a critical element of gender equality, however gender equality is not a "women's issue," nor can it be advanced solely through women's efforts. Men are important actors who can share the responsibility and participate actively in this agenda. Why? Because men continue to hold many of the influential decision-making positions. Working in partnership with women, men can be game-changers in transforming cultures and institutions that uphold harmful gender norms.
  • Women Leadership in Marine Technology and Science (July 7, 2021) - A two-part satellite session discussing challenges and opportunities for women in marine technology and science as part of the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – Ocean Decade Laboratory Series (https://www.oceandecade-conference.com/en/an-inspiring-and-engaging-ocean.html). Part 1 was a panel featuring women from the ocean science and marine technology fields to share their pathways (career and personal). During Part 2, participants were invited to break-out electronically into discussion rooms to discuss, making sea/field work equitable, retaining more women in STEM studies and careers, reducing prejudice/stereotyping of women’s abilities and easily accessible resources for managing relationships with majority male colleagues. The core Ocean Decade Laboratory event can be watched here as well as the Wrap-up. The Decade also created a documentary of the Core Event 


MTS in collaboration with Ingenium, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO were pleased to present an Edit-a-thon to create or improve Wikipedia entries to bolster the profiles of women and their contributions to ocean science, engineering, and technology.

Although women and non-binary persons are under-represented in ocean sciences, their accomplishments are even less represented, in both print media and online. This event was held to help bridge the digital gender gap in ocean sciences. Participants were invited to edit, add, or translate Wikipedia entries for women and non-binary individuals in ocean sciences. 

This event was held July 8, 2021 and featured a keynote speaker to inspire the volunteer editors  followed by a basic training for editing Wikipedia. Organizers provided the volunteer editors with an opportunity for Q&A and also brainstorming/assignment of a list of people or organizations for whom the group could create or edit pages. The event was recorded and available for asynchronous participation to accommodate as many schedules and time zones as possible. Participants were given seven days to perform the edits as part of this event.

Picture a Scientist Film Discussion

Listen to a recording of an interactive panel discussion lead by women in ocean science that was held on October 21, 2020 to discuss the Picture a Scientist film. Panelists include: Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, NOAA; Karen St. Germain, Division Director, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA; Penny Chisholm, Institute Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Biology, MIT; Brandy Armstrong, staff physical oceanographer, University of Southern Mississippi; Mandy Joye, Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia

Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Picture a Scientist was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film’s virtual theatrical run reached 47 theaters across the USA in June 2020, and raised money for two organizations advancing women of color in STEM. The film is currently available for virtual community screenings, and plans are in progress for broadcast and streaming distribution in the coming months.

Global OCEANS 2020: Singapore – U.S. Gulf Coast Town Hall – Friday, October 9, 2020



Symposium on Evidence-based Interventions: NSF Taking Action

Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing

Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 

Respect at Sea 

Archived Events

Empowering Women in the Ocean Decade, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in partnership with Fisheries and Ocean Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO on November 10, 2020

Women Leadership in Ocean Science and Technology Town Hall on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at the AGU Fall Meeting. (AGU meeting registration required)