We are excited to be bringing the following full day workshop to the 22nd Biennial Marine Mammal Conference.
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 – career-life balance.
The goals of the workshop are to:
- Provide a set of tools that women can use to advance their careers in marine mammal science,
- Create a virtual international network for women in marine mammal science to offer support and mentorship,
- Make recommendations to the SMM on formalizing a statement and programs related to diversity and inclusion,
- 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.