Fighting the general idea that ports and the maritime sectors are male-dominated worlds, more and more women are stepping up in positions of power. Several important ports such as Barcelona in Spain, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Montreal in Canada, San Diego in USA or Transnet ports in South Africa have female presidents. Recently, the port of San Antonio (Chile) welcomed its new vice president Ms. Joanna Davidovich. At the same time, Ms. María de la Rosa Hermoso became the new director of the port of Talcahuano, joining the president Ms. Consuelo Raby in a board with a majority of women. In the same week, the Danish Shipping Association, led by Ms. Anne Steffensen, presented its new initiative to increase the number of women in shipping companies. Other initiatives, such as the IMO’s World Maritime Theme for last year “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”, or the purple port in Tenerife are giving more visibility to women in the industry. It is clear that gender equality is not just a “trendy” topic, but a condition for sustainable development as pointed by the UN. These news and initiatives strength this idea and may motivate young women to pursue a maritime career.
Google set up shop in the district in 2003, and was soon joined by other global giants including Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The Irish government will contribute funding to the Technology Campus of Trinity College Dublin. The project represents a new piece of the innovation district developing in the Grand Canal Quay area. The campus will play a unifying role for the local innovation ecosystem, bringing together the major groups already present, along with start-ups, educational and research institutions, etc.
The new Centre for University Innovation of the Port of Sevilla will be placed in the port territory, counting with 16 million € of EU financing. A committee selected in the beginning of 2020 the first 20 innovation projects, each of them including an industrial PhD. These researches will focus on topics such as renewable energies production and storage, new materials, Internet of things, logistics, blockchain in the food industry or marine detection of hazardous substances. The research projects must be operational before the end of 2021. This initiative shows the path towards fruitful collaboration between academia and industry, a relationship that has not always been easy, but it is crucial to answer to upcoming challenges.
A new program named “My first maritime work experience” has been. This program will give to young professionals the opportunity to learn about the different careers in the Panamanian maritime authority. It results of a collaboration between the maritime affairs and labour ministries, inspired by the national initiative “learning by doing”. The directorate of Gente de Mar (People from the Sea), will be in charge of forming the new generations of maritime professionals. The Maritime University of Panamá and the Panamanian Association of Navy Officers selected the first group of 20 trainees from different areas such as nautical sciences, shipbuilding or maritime administration. In the six-month period the young professionals will go through training to later join the different functions under the supervision of staff from the maritime authority.