On World Oceans Day 2023, ISA celebrates the advancement of deep-sea research and the contribution of women scientists

Celebrating World Oceans Day on 8 June 2023, the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) organized a series of events highlighting the role of marine scientific research in advancing the global understanding of deep-sea ecosystems and enabling the sustainable management of the Area and its resources, including concrete actions to promote empowerment and leadership of women scientists in deep-sea research.

ISA, UN-OHRLLS and partners launch a global call for applications for women scientists from developing States to participate in the S.H.E. Mentoring Programme in deep-sea research

On the occasion of World Oceans Day 2023, the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the Office of the High Representative of the United Nations for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and partners of the Women in Deep-Sea Research project join hands to launch the S.H.E. (“See Her Exceed”) Mentoring Programme in deep-sea research.

New strategic partnership between the ISA Secretariat and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries to strengthen the knowledge, capacity of developing countries and women’s empowerment in deep-sea activities and the protection of the marine environment formalized

New Delhi, 31 January 2023 – The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), H.E. Mr. Michael W. Lodge and the Director General of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, signed a letter of cooperation during a ceremony held at the Office of RIS in New Delhi yesterday. The letter of cooperation formalizes a new strategic partnership to facilitate joint activities between the two organizations. These will be implemented at the national, regional and international level to support the priorities of interested developing States to foster their blue economy and contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda.

ISA launches pioneering new report on the status of women scientists from LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS in deep-sea research

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) launched a pioneering report, “Empowering Women from LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS in Deep-Sea Research,” on 30 June at the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. The report provides detailed information resulting from the first ever gender mapping undertaken in the field of deep-sea research and related disciplines. The report also identifies the critical barriers faced by women scientists from least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) to participate in deep-sea research and related fields and access leadership positions.