Pattullo Conference

The centerpiece of the MPOWIR program is the Pattullo Conference, which will next be held in October 1-4, 2017 at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The conference is named for June Pattullo, the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in physical oceanography.

The goals of the conference are:

* To bring junior women and senior scientists together to share experiences, advice and concerns.
* To build community networks with peers and senior scientists.
* To get feedback on your current research.
* To raise awareness of issues confronting junior women among the senior scientist community.

Generous support from our agency sponsors includes funds for all participant travel, lodging and meals. Approximately 15 senior scientists (both male and female) will be invited to attend the conference.


The conference will focus on the current and planned research programs of the junior scientists in attendance. Toward that end, each junior scientist will present a brief science talk on the first day of the conference. Senior scientists will also be asked to explain their research, and after all research talks, participants will be divided into small groups consisting of 4-5 junior scientists and 2-3 senior scientists based on common scientific interests. In these small groups, participants receive personalized feedback and constructive criticism from their peers and senior scientists. The aim of these sessions is to give ideas and advice to the junior researchers on how to convert a research project into a research program, as they transition from Ph.D. students and postdocs to PIs.

In addition to research talks, professional development sessions and round-table discussions will be scheduled. These sessions will take place in smaller groups and cover issues such as: strategies for funding, proposal writing, negotiations, and balancing work and family.

The agenda also includes time for one-on-one interaction between junior and senior scientists as well as unstructured time for informal networking.

Please click here for a sample agenda.


The conference is open to female junior scientists at U.S. establishments, including universities, government labs, and research institutions who self-identify as physical oceanographers. Here junior scientists are those in their final year of graduate school (within 1 year of completing the dissertation), in a postdoctoral position, or in a permanent position for no more than two years. Due to limited space, all previous participants who would also like to attend the 2017 conference will be placed on a wait list. If there is space for additional participants after our registration deadline, we will invite those on the wait list in order of registration.

If you would like to bring a child and care provider with you, they may stay in your room at no additional charge, however, you will be responsible for all other costs associated with their stay. Because of the relatively short time span for the Pattullo Conference, our program includes networking events scheduled at meal times. Our goal is to build networks and foster a collaborative atmosphere through an intensive retreat format. Therefore, we cannot accommodate guests at any conference event, which includes meals.

Register for the Pattullo Conference:
Deadline to apply is March 17, 2017