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Marine Institute Celebrates Women and Girls in Science

11th February 2024
Marine Institute marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The Marine Institute has shared its pride in celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Sunday 11 February.

The United Nations Theme for the ninth International Day of Women and Girls in Science is “Women in Science Leadership: A New Era for Sustainability”.

The Marine Institute provides scientific, research and development services to government, agencies, industry and society that support the sustainable use of our maritime area and the protection and restoration of marine ecosystems.

Sustainability is at the heart of how the institute works as an organisation and is a guiding principle for its research, scientific advice and economic development services, it says.

None of this could be achieved without the contribution of the many women who work in the institute, it adds, saying it has a longstanding commitment to equality in the workforce and to encouraging young people to consider a career in our sector.

Initiatives include education and engagement at national school level, its annual Transition Year programme and work as partners with many third-level institutions in Ireland and overseas.

The Marine Institute has a staff of 245 employees, of which female employees account for more than half (51.2%).

Patricia Orme, director of corporate Services at the Marine Institute said: “As an organisation we are committed to fostering the talents of women in all areas of marine science, particularly those at the early stages of their careers, as they are the future leaders of our sector.”

She continued: “Our current five-year strategy, Ocean Knowledge that Informs and Inspires, demonstrates our commitment to women in science leadership with a strategic initiative being to advance equality of opportunity for all, with specific actions as a public body focusing on gender equality.”

To mark the occasion, the institute is also sharing messages from some of its female staff, showcasing their work, its impact and the many meaningful careers available to women in science on its Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (X) and Instagram feeds.

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