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Eily Keary Award

Royal Institution of Naval Architects was founded in 1860, but it was not until 1919 that the first woman was admitted as a member of the Institution. Today, 100 years’ later, women members of the Institution occupy a wide range of appointments in the maritime industry, academia and organisations world-wide, in both engineering and non-engineering roles. Their number and achievements continue to grow.

The first woman to become a member of the Institution was Eily Keary, and it has been decided to commemorate this significant event in the Institution’s history by the introduction of an annual Eli Keary Award.

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is committed to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of gender, faith or ethnicity, have equal opportunity to participate fully in all the Institution’s activities. The Institution also seeks to encourage such equality of opportunity and involvement throughout the global maritime industry.

The annual Eily Keary Award will recognises the contribution by an individual, organisation or part of an organisation to increasing equality, diversity and inclusion in their sector of the maritime industry.


Nominations are now invited for the 2020 Eily Keary Award.  Individuals may not nominate themselves, although employees may nominate their company or organisation. 

Nominations may be up to 750 words and should describe the technological contribution which the individual, company or organisation has made in the field of design, construction and operation of maritime vessels and structures, 

Nominations may be forwarded online at by clicking here to fill out a nomination form or by email to   

Nominations should arrive at RINA Headquarters by 31 January 2021. The Award winner will be announced at the Institution’s 2021 Annual Dinner

Queries about the Award should be forwarded to the Chief Executive at


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