The 100 women selected to date for the fourth Homeward Bound Program all have a background (that is, a degree qualification, or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine (STEMM). They come from all over the globe, cover a broad range of professions, occupations and career levels, and were selected based on their potential to have an impact on decision making as it relates to the state of the planet.
Pathways and mechanisms for having impact form a core part of program content and discussions, and the ongoing intention of Homeward Bound is to develop a 1000-strong network of women with backgrounds in STEMM who can support each other in creating change. We aim to have 100 participants in this cohort – we are holding five positions free for now, in the event that we are able to raise/attract scholarship funding to be able to invite women from countries most affected by climate change, who have the most potential to make a difference through their participation in this program, and who are unable to raise the funds to cover program fees. (If you are in a position to help fund any scholarship positions, please contact us.)
HB4’s online program will commence in November 2018 and will conclude in December 2019 in Antarctica.
In memoriam: Deb Mueller
Trauma Surgeon, University of Texas Health
San Antonio Texas, USA
Deb was encouraged by a high school teacher to participate in a health careers awareness program. She shadowed a surgeon and realised her love of needlework could be used in a profession and embarked on the long road to become a trauma surgeon. She joined the Air Force to fund her education, and ultimately this allowed her to practice surgery and teach on five continents. She taught and practiced surgery at the University of Texas Health, San Antonio. She loved reading, hiking, traveling and revelling in the beauty of simple things when outside. Sadly Deb passed away in February 2023.
In memoriam: Lilly Marie
PhD Candidate, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Maori (Taranaki Tuturu, Ngai Tahu)
Lilly Marie had a fierce passion for science, conservation and art. It was these interests that led her to pursue a PhD in Chemistry. As an advocate for equality in STEMM, she hoped that her participation in Homeward Bound would help turn dreams into reality. Sadly, her journey with us was cut short, with her passing in January 2019.