In 2019, WMU established a research project on Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, supported by the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The Project will be delivered through the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute (GOI). The Project investigates tools and pathways for increasing gender equality within which women are empowered in ocean sciences. The Project has two separate but interrelated strands, the role of gender equality and empowerment of women in the conduct and delivery of ocean scientific research, and the role of women in the delivery of ocean science and governance-related advice for regulatory and other purposes, along with the mediation of ocean science outcomes including by means of ocean science diplomacy. The research outcomes arising from these two strands of inquiry will inform the formulation of a Strategy and Action Plan for Gender Empowerment in the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable development.