The way in which international legislation is developed is often a long and complex process with those organizations leading in the development often criticised for not consulting adequately with stakeholders, not clearly considering the consequences of legislation or not incorporating proper scientific evidence. The IMarEST and other professional bodies, aim to help the development of legislation by providing sound, impartial, scientific advice to intergovernmental organizations in order to inform their decision making. This presentation will look at how the IMarEST are involved with a range of intergovernmental organizations, the processes and procedures in place, and how IMarEST members can get involved. A detailed case study of the IMarEST and its involvement with the International Maritime Organization in the development of the Ballast Water Management Convention will be used to illustrate the complexities but also highlight the way in which professional bodies can play a pivotal role in shaping the way forward.
About the Speaker
Dr Bev Mackenzie
Director of Technical & Policy, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
Dr Bev Mackenzie is the Director of Technical & Policy at the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and has responsibility for coordinating and managing the technical activities for the IMarEST membership; a role which incorporates providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and opportunities to influence the development of policy and legislation at local, regional and global levels. Dr Mackenzie has a degree in chemical oceanography and a PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Liverpool, UK with her technical specialism now covering the science and engineering policy interface with particular expertise in operational oceanography and ocean observing and issues relating to shipping and the environment. Dr Mackenzie is the associate editor of the Journal of Operational Oceanography and the Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology, the IMarEST’s two peer reviewed publications and looks after technical book publications. In addition she is responsible for the delivery of the IMarEST’s events programme. Dr Mackenzie is head of the IMarEST delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and oversees the IMarEST contributions to the work of the International Maritime Organization. In addition, Dr Mackenzie is passionate about developing activities that address gender diversity in marine and maritime science, engineering and technology and in engaging early career professions.