NEW-LOOK WISA GROUP LAUNCHES DIGITAL HUB TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN AQUACULTURE
New-look WiSA group launches digital hub to promote diversity in aquaculture. Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA) has revealed plans for a new online forum launching next month, designed to connect more than 300 members, promote diversity, and highlight the range of opportunities for women in the sector.
The launch comes alongside a refresh of the WiSA advisory group, with three new faces joining the core team. Replacing previous group members are Donald Waring, learning and development manager at Mowi; Helena Reinardy, training fellow and researcher at SAMS and Matilda Lomas-MacKenzie, biology and cleaner fish coordinator at the Scottish Salmon Company.
The digital forum has been funded by Marine Scotland and will provide a virtual space for members to connect with one another, access exclusive events, share career and training opportunities, and engage in discussions around diversity and inclusion in the sector.
WiSA members, and anyone working in the sector interested in joining the network, are invited to meet the new advisory group and join a live demonstration of the new platform as part of a virtual launch event on Friday 1st October.
The development of the online forum follows the success of a similar initiative by the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), which launched a collaboration hub for its consortium members in July. WiSA was founded in partnership with SAIC and launched on International Women’s Day 2019 to celebrate the role of women in aquaculture, promote diversity and support career development.
Teresa Garzon, WiSA chair, said:
“The launch of the digital forum is an important milestone for WiSA. More than ever, we have come to recognise the power and value of online connections and resources during the past 18 months. Our aim is to ensure that aquaculture companies continue to have access to a diverse talent pool that can help the sector to develop and grow, with equal opportunities for all.
“We have just completed a second round of our over-subscribed mentoring programme, connecting leaders in aquaculture with ambitious women looking to develop their careers and skills. The online forum will allow members to nurture their existing relationships, made through the mentoring programme and other WiSA events and initiatives, as well as connecting with others from across the sector.”
Heather Jones, CEO of SAIC, added:
“Aquaculture in Scotland has a wide geographical spread, which only reinforces the need for equality and fair opportunities for people all over the country. With an online platform to encourage engagement and discussion, our members can get involved with important conversations around diversity in aquaculture and pave the way for the next generation coming into the sector.”
Anyone interested in joining the forum launch event and demo on Friday 1st October at 11am can sign up via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wisa-forum-launch-tickets-172807029477
Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA) exists to introduce more women into aquaculture, and support those already working in the sector. Open for all to join, WiSA promotes the diverse and rewarding careers that are available in aquaculture, to encourage more women to enter the sector. It also supports the progression, opportunities and development of women who are already working in aquaculture.
SAIC’s mission is to transform aquaculture by unlocking sustainable growth through innovation excellence. We invest in collaborative research projects in the areas of fish health and welfare, shellfish production, capacity and sustainable industry growth. We also help grow the industry’s talent pool by supporting MSc and PhD places, internships and training programmes.