First conference is a huge success

The first ever FIM Women + Sustainability Conference held over the last two days in Jerez, Spain ahead of the FIM Gala Ceremony has been declared a huge success with great attendances and feedback across all the various sessions that have been hosted in the historic surroundings of the Museos de la Atalaya.

Summing up Kattia Hernandez - FIM International Environment Commission Director stated. “It has been beyond our expectations, our panelists have been fantastic we have learnt so much from them and they have also inspired the audiences that in turn has created an incredible level of interaction from all the parties who have attended.”

“As we know that until now it has not been common practice to talk about these kind of subjects in the motorcycle community, but now this is a moment of change and is an important time in the history of the FIM as it is clear that we can use our sport to communicate these messages. Now our challenge is to continue to build on the foundations we have created here in Jerez and to look how we can improve them in the future, not just in terms of the conference, but our overall sustainability programme to ensure we can always leave a legacy through our work.”

Reinforcing these comments Nita Korhonen - FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director added. “I am really impressed by the feedback and the level of engagement, we always had a great vision about this conference, but now it has become reality over the last two days here in Jerez. The response to the sheer quality and level of our panelists has been really overwhelming. We already knew their CV’s, but to hear their stories of accomplishment first hand has educated us all. It is clear we have to do another conference in the future. We can adapt and learn from this first edition, and perhaps to be able to take it outside of Europe in the future would really help us extend and share our work on a truly global basis.”


This morning marks the second day of the groundbreaking FIM Women and Sustainability Conference in Jerez, Spain. Following last night’s official opening ceremony and initial session today will see a packed schedule of sessions covering a range of thought provoking topics that will include Greening our Events, Inspiring Volunteers in Motorcycling, Breaking down Barriers, Education as a Pillar of Sustainable Sport, Preserving the world for future generations, and Inspiring young people to make a difference.

Expert speakers from both the motorcycle community and from a diverse spectrum of other sports and backgrounds will debate the varied subject matter with each being given its own break-out session throughout the day before the FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda will bring the event to a close later today.

During his opening speech the FIM CEO explained the importance of hosting the inaugural FIM Women and Sustainability Conference here in Jerez.

“Today we are meeting here in Jerez. It is a city internationally recognised for the great sporting activity on its circuit as well as for its horses, its bodegas, its wines and the industry that surrounds them, and for a host of other things besides. Allow me to share with you something that may seem trivial but that has a great importance for me in the context of the circumstances in which I am speaking to you.”

“Twelve months ago, many of us met up here in this same city for the FIM General Assembly and Gala. Many of our delegates and myself used a taxi from time to time. The taxi drivers always asked the same question: Are you here for the FIM? And as the conversation went on, they would say to you that it was very important for the city that we were here in the off-season to boost jobs and the local economy. The same reception was given to the delegates who went to the hairdressers and all those who went to restaurants and bought things in the shops. This is just a small reflection of our positive impact, of a positive impact that we are not always capable of evaluating, valuing and ‘selling’.”


After offering a warm welcome to all those gathered at the opening ceremony for the Women + Sustainability Conference held at the Museos de la Atalaya, Jerez - FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda went on to say.

“For the FIM, this Conference is a “Première”, but it is a logical step following on from many years of work and serious engagement in favour of sustainability in our sport and its practice by women. Women’s Motorcycling and Sustainable Motorcycling are key projects in the Strategic Plan of our Federation and in our day-to-day work. We have two specific commissions devoted to these projects, the International Environment Commission and the Women in Motorcycling Commission, and we are proud to have at the helm of these commissions two women who are doing a great job and it is them more than anyone who are responsible for bringing us all together here in this hall.”

The Women + Sustainability Conference represents a unique event gathering of twenty experts from fourteen different countries and several different continents to explore two themes that are of key importance for the world of sport and for the world of motorcycling in particular: Women + Sustainability. The fundamental aim of this conference is to highlight the various points of view on those two major themes emanating from the different sectors and to share the experiences of a range of projects and initiatives.


MotoGP broadcaster Gavin Emmett is a well-known face to race fans across the globe thanks to his long association with the premier two-wheel discipline and is a respected voice when it comes to all things motorcycling. Therefore the highly experienced on screen reporter was the perfect choice when it came to selecting someone to act as host at the first ever FIM Women + Sustainability Conference that will open in Jerez at 19.00hrs (local time) today.

Emmett will be joined by FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda to officially open the conference tonight before he then takes up his main role as moderator for the first of two main sessions that will also be complimented by another four topic focused sessions over the two-day event that concludes tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s opening ceremony Emmett said. “I was delighted to be asked to be part of the inaugural FIM Women + Sustainability Conference. In my normal line of work I am very much focused on what happens out on the track, so it is great to have the chance to showcase two topics that are becoming a more and more important part of motorcycling, but are often overlooked. It is going to be interesting to share the floor with the many experts we have lined up and to learn and share ideas about how we can create better awareness and actions around Women and Sustainability within motorcycling.”