[MARMAM] 22nd Biennial Marine Mammal Conference Workshop Announcement

Frances Robertson frances.c.robertson at gmail.com
Wed Jul 12 07:18:15 PDT 2017


Hello!

We are excited to be bringing the following full day workshop to the 22nd
Biennial Marine Mammal Conference.

*Women in marine mammal science: Breaking down barriers to success. *

*Saturday October 28*
*8 am - 5 pm *

A full summary of the workshop is below, in addition further information is
available on our workshop website http://wimms.weebly.com/

We will post news and updates to the website throughout the next few
months.
For more information please contact us at womeninmmsci at gmail.com

We look forward to meeting you and engaging with you in Halifax,

Erin Ashe, Amanda Bradford, Frances Robertson, Mridula Srinivasan, and
Maria Constanza Marchesi

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Women comprise approximately half of the Society of Marine Mammalogy’s
(SMM) membership and a similar proportion are first authors in Marine
Mammal Science.  However, like other STEM fields, women continue to be
underrepresented in career positions within the field of marine mammal
science, in the SMM, and similar professional societies.  In addition to
challenges faced by women seeking higher positions in STEM fields, women
face unique barriers to success when advancing in marine mammal science.

This workshop seeks first to identify these barriers to success and then to
present strategies that individuals and institutions (including the SMM)
can implement to break the barriers down.  Each of the two workshop
components will include a combination of presentations, panel discussions,
and breakout sessions that will feature a diverse group of women from a
range of career stages and countries working in different sectors of marine
mammal science, who can speak to the challenges and successes they have
experienced advancing in the field.  The specific topics will be refined by
a survey in advance of the workshop, but are likely to cover external and
internal barriers to seeking professional opportunities, grant writing,
publishing, conducting fieldwork, science communication, and - building on
the foundation established by Hooker et al. 2017
<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mms.12407/full> - career-life
balance.

The goals of the workshop are to:

   1. Provide a set of tools that women can use to advance their careers in
   marine mammal science,
   2. Create a virtual international network for women in marine mammal
   science to offer support and mentorship,
   3. Make recommendations to the SMM on formalizing a statement and
   programs related to diversity and inclusion,
   4. Prepare a paper for submission to Marine Mammal Science summarizing
   the content and outcome of the workshop.


While the workshop will focus on women’s leadership in marine mammal
science, all conference participants are welcome to attend.

-- 
Frances C. Robertson, PhD

*Marine Mammal Biologist*

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*Research Scientist SMRU ConsultingElevate Post Doctoral Fellow Simon
Fraser University~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
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