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The Island Sky Voyage 2023: Reflecting on the Journey.

It’s Antarctica Day!

It’s Antarctica Day!

Authored by Sharon Robinson   It’s Antarctica Day!🎉We are delighted and privileged to be able to celebrate this day as we return to port in Ushuaia from Antarctica. The day celebrates the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and reminds us that the world...

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Voyage’s End: Just Skimming the Surface

Voyage’s End: Just Skimming the Surface

Authored by Katie Thomas   As our voyage comes to an end, I realise we are only just skimming the surface. More than 100 women and non-binary people with varied within the world of STEMM came together over 2 weeks ago. Each with our own unique story that led us...

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Brilliant Minds Unite to Sustain Our Planet.

Brilliant Minds Unite to Sustain Our Planet.

Authored by Raegan Pollard   I had the absolute pleasure of gathering with this incredible group of women to discuss the Energy Transition over dinner as we sailed around the Antarctic Peninsula in the second half of our Homeward Bound journey. Our conversation...

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Who are the climate change losers?

Who are the climate change losers?

Authored by Marina Alexander   What a privilege to be visiting an Adélie penguin colony today. Experiencing their curious antics from the Zodiac was not only exciting as we watched them drop awkwardly into the water, but also less disruptive for their homes on...

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Listening!

Listening!

Authored by Jennifer Copeland   Our expedition leader cuts the engine of our rubber Zodiac boat, and the cold, clear silence of Antarctica surrounds us. She tells us to listen closely to the ice. We can hear it creaking, crackling, and occasionally even crashing...

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From Icebergs to Emotions: Reflecting on our commitment.

From Icebergs to Emotions: Reflecting on our commitment.

Authored by Kirsten Maclean   It is 6 a.m. I am grateful to be an ‘early riser’ given it’s a glorious morning in Antarctica. I stand on the deck of the Island Sky, rugged up in my multiple layers and enjoy the feeling of the crisp morning air on my skin. It is...

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Thinking Ahead for Our Wellbeing

Thinking Ahead for Our Wellbeing

Authored by Noa Bruhis   We continue to balance our days with landings, sessions, and collaborative working groups. We are immersed in the scenery, the conversations, and the personal work. All the while, our ship’s captain and his officers have been playing...

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Message of hope

Message of hope

Authored by Linda Romanovska   António Guterres you are in Antarctica, so are we. We hope you can hear us! Please take our message to #COP28: All leaders for climate action! We call for inclusive and collaborative leadership of all genders, nationalities, types...

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Captivating Encounters with Humpback Whales

Captivating Encounters with Humpback Whales

Authored by Maya Beano   Witnessing humpback whales gracefully surface in the Gerlache Strait during sunset was a breathtaking moment shared by many of us on the Island Sky. As the Antarctic landscape painted a mesmerizing backdrop, the wonder among us echoed the...

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The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change

Authored by Katie Thomas   Sitting in a zodiac at the edge of the Antarctic continent, staring at a wall of snow-covered ice, we are invited to close our eyes and listen. The water laps at the shoreline, the wind rustles over the landscape, leaving a feeling of a...

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Lessons from Palmer Station

Lessons from Palmer Station

Authored  by Hannah Campbell   The Island Sky team had the remarkable opportunity to visit Palmer Station, one of the United States research stations on the Antarctic Peninsula. Perhaps the most remarkable thing was that this was the first time Palmer Station had...

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Daily Correspondence, Ship’s Journal

Reflecting on the Journey – Peace in Antarctica

Reflecting on the Journey – Peace in Antarctica

Authored by HH Princess Abeer Al Saud   No sound, just the wind. Silence, just the assuring pattern of snow crushed underfoot. This is Antarctica, a land where humans have conducted much more research than we have had war. Here, it would be not only impractical...

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Reflecting on the journey – Voyaging correspondents

Reflecting on the journey – Voyaging correspondents

Authored by Fern Hames and Jen Martin (Visibility Faculty) and Alfie Go (Logistics Manager)   We’re winding our way westwards, heading home after three weeks as members of the Homeward Bound Faculty journeying in Antarctica. One of the joys of this journey has...

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High seas treaty, leadership, and Antarctica

High seas treaty, leadership, and Antarctica

Authored by Nichola Clark   A few days into our journey, the captain announced we were 260 miles from the Falklands and Antarctica was another 300+ miles ahead of us. Many people may think that means we are in the middle of nowhere. My first thought, however, was...

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Our fearless expedition leader

Our fearless expedition leader

Authored by Laura Rosich   In the vast expanse of Antarctica, Claudia, our fearless expedition leader, has indelibly shaped our leadership and expedition journeys over the past three weeks. Her leadership, a harmonious blend of assertiveness and kindness, echoes...

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An Expedition or a Tour?

An Expedition or a Tour?

Authored by Marnie Ogg   In Antarctica, Mother Nature controls the outcomes - not the marketing department; not the Cruise Company or the Captain; not even the hopes and expectations of paying guests. It is hard to count the many heart-opening moments we’ve...

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Letters from the Heart to the End of the Earth

Letters from the Heart to the End of the Earth

Authored by Elaine Martyn   In the closing program of our 20-day journey to Antarctica, one of my fellow faculty members invited us to write a letter to ourselves, that she would then mail to us six months from now. What a gift, I thought, to be able to receive...

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Global Purpose and Change – Journal two

Global Purpose and Change – Journal two

Authored by Wendy Pring   Our Homeward Bound sessions here in Antarctica have nudged me to think about leadership, responsibility, and collective actions for peace. Now that we are actually in Antarctica, we have been exploring the Antarctic Treaty, protection of...

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Why Regular Cleaning of Outdoor Gear Matters

Why Regular Cleaning of Outdoor Gear Matters

Authored by Helle B. Hydeskov   Cleaning your outdoor clothes and gear is always a good idea. Why is that? In addition to the risk of different species being transported on outdoor equipment and thereby potentially establishing themselves as invasive species in a...

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Connecting with nature – microbial communities.

Connecting with nature – microbial communities.

Authored by Natalie Millán Aguinaga   Antarctica is the iciest, coldest, and most remote continent which we tend to associate with different species of penguins, whales and seals. But what about the tiny communities that we can’t see with our naked eyes? In...

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Drake Shake or Drake Lake?

Drake Shake or Drake Lake?

Authored by Jill Peeters   We experienced some fascinating weather on our passage from The Falklands to Antarctica. The Drake Passage between the most Southern Part of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula is known for its ‘Drake Shake’ or ‘Drake Lake’...

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Reflections

Reflections

Authored by Justine Murray   Homeward Bound is a journey of self-discovery as well as an amazing amalgamation of women and non-binary people sharing ideas and aspirations for the future of our planet. As I sit in my warm ship cabin looking out over the...

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Generating global purpose and change

Generating global purpose and change

Authored  by Wendy Pring   Our sessions on leadership have made me aware of the similarities between the Antarctic Treaty and the UN17 SDG Goal Nr 16- Peace Justice and Strong Institutions. And how we all have individual agency to role-model this and the benefit...

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