Homeward Bound: Anna Vinkhuyzen

By Anna Vinkhuyzen

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Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking global leadership program for women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine). Homeward Bound aims to increase the influence of female scientists and develop their leadership, strategic, and communication skills in order to shape policy and decision-making as it affects our planet.

Women in STEMM

Currently, less than 26% of the world researchers is female and considerably fewer are in leadership positions. These figures are seen in science as well as in many other disciplines. At the same time, various research is showing substantial benefits of gender balanced leadership.

The Homeward Bound Initiative

Homeward Bound aims to establish a global community of scientists and foster collaborations between them. The program is built on four pillars: Leadership, Strategic Capabilities, Visibility, and Science Communication. Within a period of 10 years, 1000 women will trained to bring scientific issues to the public debate and to influence policy.

Anna and Homeward Bound

I have worked as a research fellow and research project manager at the Queensland Brain Institute, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, within the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia till May 2019. I have now started a new role in health policy within the Health, Innovation, Investment and Research Office at the Department of Health.

My major scientific interests are the genetic underpinnings of common complex diseases; diseases that are common in the population but complex in nature. Have a look at our programs' website if you want to know more. I have a strong passion for the translation of science into public health applications. In my new job, I am advocating for more funding for health and medical research which I believe is incredibly important.

I have been selected to be part of the 4th Homeward Bound cohort of 100 women and I am thrilled! The Homeward Bound program will not only provide me with enhanced leadership and strategic skills but also provide me with an international network of inspirational women in STEMM.

I am keen to set up new collaborations through the program. This growing platform will help me making a difference to scientific policy related to my area of expertise.

You can join me

In order to take part in this ground-breaking leadership’s initiative, I am required to contribute USD 17,000 to the educational part of the program. Additional costs related to the Antarctic Voyage will be covered by me personally.

My previous employer, The University of Queensland, has already subsidised a proportion of the program costs.

Through this platform, I am hoping to raise money to fund the remaining part of this amazing program. Any donation, big or small, is much appreciated! There are some great perks as well if you are up for something nice!

#TeamHB4 - Brisbane

It’s not only me participating in the 4th Homeward Bound program. In total, five Brisbane based scientists have been selected in #TeamHB4. Check out our team page here: https://chuffed.org/project/homeward-bound-hb4-team-queensland.

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