2011 Emerald Dinner

The inaugural Emerald Dinner celebrating Sydney Harbour and our unique coastal and ocean marine environment was held on 21st November 2011.

SIMS Foundation Chair, Charlie Shuetrim, and the CEO of SIMS, Professor Peter Steinberg would like to thank all those who attended and generously supported critical marine research in Sydney Harbour and beyond. SIMS would also like to acknowledge the many organisations who supported the event through the provision of prizes and auction items. 

In 2011, the Emerald Dinner honoured the lifetime work and achievements of marine scientist, Dr. Sylvia Earle, our guest speaker.  Made an Explorer -in -Residence at National Geographic in 1998, the same year Time Magazine named her their first “Hero for the Planet”, Sylvia Earle has pioneered research on marine ecosystems, led more than 70 expeditions and holds numerous diving records, including setting a record for solo diving to a depth of 1,000 metres.

Dr. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),, and played a key role in establishing marine protected areas globally, including the North-western Hawaiian Islands National Marine Monument – 140,000 square miles of ocean that is home to more than 7,000 kinds of marine life.  She is known around the world as “Her Deepness” by the marine science community.

Dr. Sylvia Earle in the Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Dr. Sylvia Earle - SIMS Emerald Dinner 2011

SIMS Foundation Trustee, Kim McKay