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HB Blog: Follow the journey

FOR A SATISFYING CAREER, ENQUIRE WITHIN: DR MARIE CLARK

Rampant gender bias aside, one of the most concerning aspects of scientific funding trends in Australia is that already well-established investigators are being funded at the expense of those who are still developing as leaders.  In essence, scientists are eating their young.

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ON THE PRESERVATION OF WILD SPACES…GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS: DR SOPHIE ADAMS

ON THE PRESERVATION OF WILD SPACES…GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS: DR SOPHIE ADAMS

The world is facing many challenges at the moment, not the least of which is the climate emergency and the preservation of the world’s biodiversity. We know that climate change threatens what we have assumed would be eternal. We also know that our economic and political systems make it harder to protect the world’s wilderness.

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Returning from Homeward Bound: Kelsie Clarke

Returning from Homeward Bound: Kelsie Clarke

Settling back into my day to day life was a strange experience. I had been through something similar once before, following a secondment into an Aboriginal organisation in Sydney, Australia. It’s almost a feeling of reverse culture-shock coming back to a life you know so well and cherish

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Embracing change with open arms: Steph Gardner

Embracing change with open arms: Steph Gardner

How many of you would feel comfortable with being asked to shut your eyes, spun around a few times, and then submit to trusting your partner to guide you to a new destination? Or even asked to take a step forward without knowing what is ahead? Do you lean into the unknown?

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Another change, another way forward: Fabian Dattner

Another change, another way forward: Fabian Dattner

As #TeamHB3 make their way home from Antarctica after a life-changing experience, we share more photos and reflections from aboard the #MVUshuaia. Stay tuned for more updates as the women return to their homes, families and lives, and apply their leadership lessons....

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Practicing Yoga in Antarctica: Kristin Mitchell

Practicing Yoga in Antarctica: Kristin Mitchell

As #TeamHB3 make their way home from Antarctica after a life-changing experience, we share more photos and reflections from aboard the #MVUshuaia. Stay tuned for more updates as the women return to their homes, families and lives, and apply their leadership lessons. I...

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Life on the Ushuaia (not a luxury cruise!): Fabian Dattner

Life on the Ushuaia (not a luxury cruise!): Fabian Dattner

As #TeamHB3 make their way home from Antarctica after a life-changing experience, we share more photos and reflections from aboard the #MVUshuaia. Stay tuned for more updates as the women return to their homes, families and lives, and apply their leadership lessons....

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Balance, poise and trust with #TeamHB3: Tara Shine

As #TeamHB3 make their way home from Antarctica after a life-changing experience, we share more photos and reflections from aboard the #MVUshuaia. Stay tuned for more updates as the women return to their homes, families and lives, and apply their leadership lessons....

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Kids care about climate change – Marji Puotinen

As #TeamHB3 make their way home from Antarctica after a life-changing experience, we share more photos and reflections from aboard the #MVUshuaia. Stay tuned for more updates as the women return to their homes, families and lives, and apply their leadership lessons. I...

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Transitions home: Hafdis Hanna Aegisdottir

Transitions home: Hafdis Hanna Aegisdottir

During the Antarctica expedition, the #TeamHB3 participants sewed together a quilt. The outcome is bigger than the quilt piece itself. It taught us that we are truly #strongertogther and by collaborating and being brave to ask for assistance.

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12 metre waves across Drake’s Passage: Natalie Unterstell

12 metre waves across Drake’s Passage: Natalie Unterstell

Twelve meters tall waves washed the ship. Winds gusted up to 70 knots. Some of us heard false alarms during the night – which were just some sensors going crazy with the inclination of the boat. Others saw chairs flying from the bedrooms to the corridor. And we all exploded in laughter watching a video of the ship going to 32 degrees while we all rolled in our beds.

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What lies beyond the mist: Cindy Shellito

What lies beyond the mist: Cindy Shellito

Have you ever sat at one of those moments in your life when the clouds hang overhead and you’re not really sure which way is up? You long for a breeze to blow that mist away and give you a new view of that snow-capped mountain. Or, maybe you imagine that you’ll have a...

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New Friends: Alicia Collins

New Friends: Alicia Collins

Today we did an early morning landing at Hydrurga Rocks on the Gerlache Strait.  As we disembarked our zodiacs, we were instructed to move single file in silence past the two Weddell seals sprawled out on either side of our path so as not to disturb their rest.  It...

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Reflections from Ushuaia: Fabian Dattner

Reflections from Ushuaia: Fabian Dattner

As I write, three to four metre rough swells slide the ship over, then it rights itself. I think it’s akin to being in a washing machine, possibly on the ‘delicates’ cycle. It’s quietly making most of us nauseous or, with the aid of medication, terribly sleepy....

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Reflections from Ushuaia: Mary-Ellen Feeney

Reflections from Ushuaia: Mary-Ellen Feeney

It has felt like a week of firsts, but in many respects this is a common theme throughout the Homeward Bound Program. As a strategic leadership program for Women in STEMM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Medicine)

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Reflections from Ushuaia: Fern Hames

Reflections from Ushuaia: Fern Hames

Each day I write a #HomewardBound #haiku, trying to capture, in those brief, structured lines, something of the transformative journey we are on. Today is New Year’s Day

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Reflections from Ushuaia: Lorna Slater

Reflections from Ushuaia: Lorna Slater

How does a cause become a movement? In the same way that a trickle becomes a flood or a few pebbles start an avalanche. Homeward Bound is movement in both senses. Over the last week, women have trickled in to Ushuaia, Argentina to join together. We started meeting in...

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Reflections from Ushuaia: Anisha Humphreys

Reflections from Ushuaia: Anisha Humphreys

When I graduated from my environmental science degree I was the only woman in my cohort. But it was women who came to watch me climb the stage and cheer me on. My grandmother, my mother and my sister. And I would not have been there if it wasn’t for their love and...

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Courage and Purpose: Fabian Dattner

Courage and Purpose: Fabian Dattner

Eight days to go before 90 women from around the world converge in Ushuaia, Argentina, to experience the final component of the third program of a STEMM-focussed, women-only global leadership initiative: Homeward Bound - from dream to global initiative in 4.5 years, a...

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Christiana Figueres joins #TeamHB3 on-board faculty

Christiana Figueres joins #TeamHB3 on-board faculty

Christiana Figueres, who served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) from 2010 to 2016, has confirmed that she will be joining the next Homeward Bound voyage to Antarctica as a faculty member and facilitator....

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Introducing #TeamHB4: our fourth group of women leaders

Introducing #TeamHB4: our fourth group of women leaders

It started with 76 adventurous women in 2016. That number swelled to 152 with our second cohort in 2017-18 and to 232 with our third (2018-19). And now we are announcing #TeamHB4, the fourth group of women to join our global community. By the time #TeamHB4 finish...

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100 Days Later: Kate Clarke

100 Days Later: Kate Clarke

100 Days Later Kate Clarke, Senior Veterinarian with Eureka Veterinary Hospital, takes us back to the point on the ship when she first drafted her 100 Day Plan and how much of that plan has played out since returning from Antarctica  100 DAYS LATER: KATE CLARKE Our...

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100 Days Later: Helen Corney

100 Days Later Helen Corney, PhD Candidate – Global, Urban and Social Studies, found confirming her values and aligning them to all parts of her 100 Day Plan helped her shape what she really wanted from all parts of her life.  100 DAYS LATER: HELEN CORNEY...

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100 Days Later: Gaia Dell’Ariccia

100 Days Later: Gaia Dell’Ariccia

100 Days Later Gaia Dell'Ariccia, Postdoctoral Researcher, reflects on her personal strategy map and how a 'success' mindset can actually hold us back.  100 DAYS LATER: GAIA DELL'ARICCIA I can’t believe 100 days have already passed since we returned from our Antarctic...

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100 Days Later: Karen Alexander

100 Days Later: Karen Alexander

It’s been 100 Days since #TeamHB2018 returned from Antarctica. We asked Karen Alexander, Research Fellow at University of Tasmania, to reflect on her last 100 Days, and what leadership means to her.  100 DAYS LATER: KAREN ALEXANDER I am writing this whilst watching...

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Make the dream of Homeward Bound possible for #HB3 women

Make the dream of Homeward Bound possible for #HB3 women

We truly believe we are stronger together. This year’s Homeward Bound cohort is made up of those who are self funded, partly self-funded/work-funded and fully work funded. For those who are self funded, many are raising money for their place. We would love you to look...

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#HBSTORIES: SARAH BROUGH

#HBSTORIES: SARAH BROUGH

It’s been more than a year since our first Homeward Bound cohort of women in STEMM returned from Antarctica. We asked Sarah Brough, one of our inaugural participants, to tell us about her journey since completing the program in 2016, and the role the network of...

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HOPE BURNS FROM WITHIN: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT SUE MAUGER

HOPE BURNS FROM WITHIN: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT SUE MAUGER

During the second Homeward Bound voyage we’re bringing you stories from before and after the voyage of more than 20 of the participants, plus members of the leadership team, in their words and pictures. The second Homeward Bound Antarctic voyage has come to an end and...

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FINALLY, HOMEWARD BOUND: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT FERN WICKSON

FINALLY, HOMEWARD BOUND: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT FERN WICKSON

During the second Homeward Bound voyage we’re bringing you stories from the ship of more than 20 of the participants, plus members of the leadership team, in their words and pictures. The Homeward Bound Antarctic voyage has come to an end and #TeamHB2018 are now on...

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WHAT MOTHER NATURE TAUGHT ME:#TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT WING CHAN

WHAT MOTHER NATURE TAUGHT ME:#TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT WING CHAN

During the second Homeward Bound voyage we’re bringing you stories from the ship of more than 20 of the participants, plus members of the leadership team, in their words and pictures. TeamHB2018 are now deep into their learning program and into the remote Antarctic...

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#TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT SANDRA GUZMAN

#TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT SANDRA GUZMAN

The ship has left Ushuaia, Argentina, for Antarctica, carrying the 78 women in STEMM who form the second Homeward Bound cohort. Before, during and after the voyage, we'll bring you the stories of more than 20 of those women, in their words and pictures:...

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TODAY IS THE DAY! #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT SARAH LUCAS

TODAY IS THE DAY! #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT SARAH LUCAS

TODAY the ship leaves Ushuaia, Argentina, for Antarctica, carrying the 78 women in STEMM who form the second Homeward Bound cohort. Before, during and after the voyage, we'll bring you the stories of more than 20 of those women, in their words and pictures:...

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4 DAYS TO GO: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT MEGAN OATEN

4 DAYS TO GO: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT MEGAN OATEN

4 days until the ship leaves Ushuaia, Argentina, for Antarctica, carrying the 78 women in science who form the second Homeward Bound cohort. Before, during and after the voyage, we'll bring you the stories of more than 20 of those women, in their words and pictures:...

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5 DAYS TO GO: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT NINA EARL

5 DAYS TO GO: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT NINA EARL

5 days until the ship leaves Ushuaia, Argentina, for Antarctica, carrying the 78 women in science who form the second Homeward Bound cohort. Before, during and after the voyage, we'll bring you the stories of more than 20 of those women, in their words and pictures:...

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ONE WEEK TO GO: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT ADRIANA HUMANES

ONE WEEK TO GO: #TEAMHB CORRESPONDENT ADRIANA HUMANES

It's just one week until the ship leaves Ushuaia, Argentina, for Antarctica, carrying the 78 women in science who form the second Homeward Bound cohort. Before, during and after the voyage, we'll bring you the stories of more than 20 of those women, in their words and...

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#HBSTORIES: SAM HODDER

#HBSTORIES: SAM HODDER

It’s been a year since our first Homeward Bound cohort of female scientists departed for Antarctica. Between the anniversary of the first voyage and the departure of the second on 18 February 2018, we’ll be sharing the stories of our inaugural participants and their...

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#HBSTORIES: JOANNA YOUNG

#HBSTORIES: JOANNA YOUNG

It’s been a year since our first Homeward Bound cohort of female scientists departed for Antarctica. Between the anniversary of the first voyage and the departure of the second on 18 February 2018, we’ll be sharing the stories of our inaugural participants and their...

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#HBSTORIES: FERN HAMES

#HBSTORIES: FERN HAMES

It’s been a year since our first Homeward Bound cohort of female scientists departed for Antarctica. Between the anniversary of the first voyage and the departure of the second on 18 February 2018, we’ll be sharing the stories of our inaugural participants and their...

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#HBSTORIES: HEIDI STELTZER

#HBSTORIES: HEIDI STELTZER

It’s been a year since our first Homeward Bound cohort of female scientists departed for Antarctica. Between the anniversary of the first voyage and the departure of the second on 18 February 2018, we’ll be sharing the stories of our inaugural participants and their...

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Introducing #TeamHB2019: our third group of women leaders

Introducing #TeamHB2019: our third group of women leaders

It started with 76 adventurous women in 2016. That number swelled to 155 with #TeamHB2018, who depart for Antarctica in two weeks. Now, by announcing #TeamHB2019, the third group of women to join our global community, Homeward Bound is proud to have reached two...

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#HBStories: Merryn McKinnon

#HBStories: Merryn McKinnon

It’s been a year since our first Homeward Bound cohort of female scientists departed for Antarctica. Between the anniversary of the first voyage and the departure of the second on 18 February 2018, we’ll be sharing the stories of our inaugural participants and their...

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#HBStories: Raeanne Miller

#HBStories: Raeanne Miller

It’s been a year since our first Homeward Bound cohort of female scientists departed for Antarctica. Between the anniversary of the first voyage and the departure of the second on 18 February 2018, we'll be sharing the stories of our inaugural participants and their...

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#HBStories: Shelley Ball

#HBStories: Shelley Ball

It’s been a year since our first Homeward Bound cohort of female scientists departed for Antarctica. Between the anniversary of the first voyage and the departure of the second on 18 February 2018, we'll be sharing the stories of our inaugural participants and their...

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Make HB possible for #TeamHB18

Make HB possible for #TeamHB18

We truly believe we are stronger together. This year's Homeward Bound cohort is made up of those who are self funded, partly self-funded/work-funded and fully work funded. For those who are self funded, many are raising money for their place. We would love you to look...

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Homeward Bound Scholarship Fund

Homeward Bound Scholarship Fund

Homeward Bound's vision is to equip a 1000-strong global collaboration of women, within 10 years, with a science background to lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision making as it informs the future of our planet. This vision includes a diverse group of...

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Meet #TeamHB2018 – our second cohort of women in STEMM!

Meet #TeamHB2018 – our second cohort of women in STEMM!

The hunt is over. We had enough applications to fill multiple ships to Antarctica...but we had to choose just 70 women for Homeward Bound’s next leadership program. With applications from some of the most impressive, intelligent, wise, interesting, courageous women in...

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Antarctica, we love you

Antarctica, we love you

Participant Monica Araya writes an ode to Antarctica as she reflects on the end of Homeward Bound's maiden voyage and looks to what's next By the time you read this we will be in Ushuaia so I want to record the sentiment that has invaded the ship in the last hours. I...

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Facing transition: we really are “Homeward Bound” now

Facing transition: we really are “Homeward Bound” now

Heading into the last leg of the inaugural voyage, strategy faculty member Kit Jackson explains how personal strategy maps support the integration of what has been learned and the transition process back into life post-Homeward Bound We are crossing Drake Passage on...

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Final Antarctic landing: Port Lockroy

Final Antarctic landing: Port Lockroy

Chronicling the final Antarctic landing of the voyage, participant Samantha Grover shares the jolting juxtaposition of civilisation and the Antarctic at Port Lockroy Our last Antarctic landing, Port Lockroy, was a bittersweet morning. As elsewhere, I was enchanted by...

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How I regained my inner voice: Raeanne Miller

In a beautiful and raw reflective blog, participant Raeanne Miller gives a candid insight into some of her leadership learnings from Homeward Bound and the events of days 14 and 15 of the voyage Mother Nature spoke to me yesterday. I was sitting on my rucksack,...

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Minkes to moss: the Homeward Bound science program at sea

Minkes to moss: the Homeward Bound science program at sea

Onboard science faculty, Justine Shaw and Mary-Anne Lea, pull back the curtain on the vast knowledge-sharing and collaboration taking place as part of Homeward Bound's science program and the Symposium at Sea Ever since leaving Ushuaia and our first Minke whale...

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What Homeward Bound women talk about: day 14

What Homeward Bound women talk about: day 14

So what do Homeward Bound women talk about when resting on rocks overlooking a glacier as the clouds come in? Heidi Steltzer shares the chats, glaciers, iceberg galaxies, ambition and optimism of day 14 We parked in Andvord Bay today, still waiting for ice in the...

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Finding patience and opportunity in uncertainty: day 12

Finding patience and opportunity in uncertainty: day 12

On a day of uncertainties, Homeward Bound participant Heidi Steltzer finds learnings and opportunities in the unknown Change can be unsettling. We wake each day and shift out of slumber. We transition from home to work, from work to dinner, from dinner to preparations...

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Fabian Dattner: Progress in Antarctica

Fabian Dattner: Progress in Antarctica

Drawing parallels between two historic female expeditions, co-founder Fabian Dattner shares a glimpse of the magic of Homeward Bound In 1969, Sylvia Earle was part of the Tektite Project, an alliance between an entrepreneur and General Electric. She led a team of...

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Unexpectedness: as voyage hits half-way mark

Unexpectedness: as voyage hits half-way mark

At the half-way point of the voyage, participant Fern Hames lets us in on the rich sensory experience of being in the Antarctic and the unexpected wonders that present at this very moment in time If you could choose one word to describe today, it might be...

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A day in Paradise: Day 10

A day in Paradise: Day 10

Homeward Bound participant Fern Hames provides a window into the paradise that was day 10 of the voyage Today we literally went to Paradise – well, Paradise Bay, which is completely aptly named. A stunning, snowy, mountainous landscape, reflected in the deep blue sea...

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Magic at Portal Point: Day 9

Magic at Portal Point: Day 9

HB Participant Fern Hames shares her reflections on day 9 of the Antarctic voyage How many kinds of Antarctic magic can there be? We thought we’d seen the most amazing, magical place at Barrientos Island, and then ”Oh what about Half Moon Island?”, and then “Oh my...

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Voyage update: Molly Christensen on Day 6

Voyage update: Molly Christensen on Day 6

On day 6 of the voyage, participant Molly Christensen gives us a day in the life of a Homeward Bounder Overnight we gently made our way through Antarctic Sound to wake up to spectacular scenery, mass amounts of sea ice and icebergs emerging from the Weddell Sea. Many...

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The importance of staying home (and cheering loudly)

The importance of staying home (and cheering loudly)

Homeward Bound co-founder Jess Melbourne-Thomas shares the implications of the lack of women in science leadership and reflects on her own decision to not be onboard the first voyage to Antarctica I’m sitting at my desk and thinking about 84 women and a few blokes on...

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Why the world needs women leaders

Why the world needs women leaders

Anticipating departure, Homeward Bound co-founder Fabian Dattner captures a moment in time that speaks to the spirit of what this project is all about 76 women with a science background? Off to Antarctica? What the hell are we doing? It's 9.45pm, Sunday night, 9...

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When a dream becomes reality

When a dream becomes reality

As co-founder Fabian Dattner sets off for Argentina to depart for the inaugural Homeward Bound Antarctic voyage, she shares her thoughts on the journey up to this point, watching a dream become a reality. Who would have thought that my life, and the lives of many...

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An incredible send off in Tasmania

An incredible send off in Tasmania

Fabian Dattner reflects on the official launch of the 2016 Homeward Bound voyage in Tasmania: Government House, Her Excellency, the science faculty and the who's who of Antarctic Science based in Hobart We arrived at Government House, driving up the graceful drive,...

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The story of our logo

The story of our logo

There is a deep and primitive reaction to symbols amongst humans of all nations, great symbols anyway. At some level, they are universal, ancient, enduring. They are versatile, repetitive. They tell a cultural story and they tell us about our connections. Elmwood...

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HB16 Projects

The Homeward Bound Projects came out of both a desire from the participants and the faculty to start collaborating together and working towards group goals together. Participants chose their groups and started working together at the start of 2016.  Education outreach...

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About Homeward Bound

About Homeward Bound

Learn about Homeward Bound: Why women? Why Antarctica? Why science? (Image by Songqiao Yao) Read more from the Homeward Bound Blog

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2016 participants

2016 participants

Learn about the diverse and impressive profiles of our inaugural Homeward Bound participants

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A question

A question

What if balancing gender at the leadership table was one of the most effective ways to influence environmental sustainability and reduce human impact on the environment? Read more from the Homeward Bound Blog

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Homeward Bound as metaphor

Homeward Bound as metaphor

Homeward Bound is a metaphor for the planet, and our responsibility for our ‘home’. It is also a link to the care women bring to living spaces, a sense that 'home' includes the whole planet, and at its most fragile, the remote and wild Southern Ocean; Antarctica is...

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Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

The start of a global collaboration of women able to influence policy and decisions towards a sustainable future? Read more from the Homeward Bound Blog

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