Today, the Marine Institute marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science by recognising the women involved in marine science and research at the Institute.
"The Institute is committed to supporting a culture of high performance driven by our people. With a staff of 230 employees, we have a strong workforce of female employees reaching up to almost 50%" said Patricia Orme, Director of Corporate Services at the Marine Institute.
"Almost 70% of the women working at the Marine Institute work in science and research including areas of oceanography, fisheries ecosystems and advisory roles, marine environment and food safety. We also have women working in policy, innovation and research, maritime development and corporate roles. We are extremely proud to note that 74% of our female staff have a bachelor, masters or a doctorate in science related fields," Patricia Orme added.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science Forum has been one of the flagship events of the United Nations, since its inception in 2016. It is a key event for women and girls in science, science experts, policy-makers and diplomats to gather and share their vision, expertise and best practices to achieve internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and approximately 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.
The Marine Institute is Ireland's national agency for marine research, technology, development and innovation. Since its establishment in 1991 and in line with the Marine Institute's Strategic Plan (2018-2022), the organisation continues to recognise that its employees skills, experience and passion for the marine are central to the work that is undertaken for the government and other stakeholders.