Team QLD Homeward Bound Fundraiser

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Hello and Gidday!

We are five hardworking and passionate women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) who are on a leadership mission to protect the future of our planet. We represent Queensland on the world stage in solving world problems in healthcare, pain medication, protecting the Great Barrier Reef and feeding the world sustainably.

From left to right: Anna, Emma, Bianca, Karen and Hana

We have been selected from an international pool of women to participate in the fourth Homeward Bound program, a 12-month leadership program that culminates in an intensive 3-week training voyage to Antarctica in November 2019. This training voyage will help us to:

  • Gain (inter)national impact through improved communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Pass on our knowledge to other researchers and future leaders
  • Work with Queenslands' universities, schools, organisations and institutions to ensure gender equity and leadership opportunities for girls and women
  • Step up in our leadership capacity in our own workplaces & communities

Movie Night Fundraiser

As part of our fundraising efforts, we are holding a movie night fundraiser to raise funds required to complete our training in Antarctica. We will be screening the Australian documentary The Map to Paradise a gorgeous tale about the birth of the global movement to protect the sea on Thursday July 25th at the Schonell Theatre on the UQ campus in St Lucia, Brisbane.

We hope that the event will encourage young people into a career in STEMM and increase awareness of how sensitive Antarctica is to climate changes. It will be a fantastic night including:

  • Drinks & nibbles
  • Live presentation and Q&A about Antarctica
  • A mini Art and Science exhibition
  • Raffles and giveaways - details to come!

Please purchase movie tickets along the vertical bar to the right (or below if on mobile).

How else can you help?

The total value of the program is AUD $43,000 per person. The Dattner Grant Pty Ltd, partner of the program covers a substantial part of the costs bringing the individual contributions down to $23,000. Another $5,000 is needed for travel related expenses

We need your support to help us participate! Any contribution, big or small, is greatly appreciated and will help to support our involvement in the Homeward Bound program.

For those who would like to contribute to our mission – a heartfelt thank you. You can also show your support by spreading the message to your colleagues, friends, and family through word of mouth and social media.

Your sincerely,

Hana, Bianca, Anna, Emma, and Karen


As a thank you for your donations, we would like to offer some perks in return to your contribution to our crowdfunding campaign. Please see the right side panel for some great perks.

“By supporting us in the Homeward Bound program, you are investing in global leadership and a better future fo our planet”

What is Homeward Bound?

Homeward Bound was founded by Fabian Dattner, who’s vision is to create a 1,000 strong global network of women with a background in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine). Women have various backgrounds, nationalities, ages, and experiences and will work collaboratively towards a more sustainable and healthy future for our planet.

Why Antarctica?

Antarctica shows the fastest and most severe response to the environmental changes we face today. Therefore, Antarctica became a symbol for global change and the uninhabited nature of this continent is incredibly inspiring. The Homeward Bound leadership program culminates in a journey to Antarctica where 92 women will undergo further intensive training in leadership, science, strategy, and communication.

More about us...

We are thrilled to join this amazing cohort, including scientific and leadership pioneers, senior scientists, early and mid career researchers, students, policy makers, strategists, professional mentors, expedition leaders, and educators.

HANA STAROBOVA is a PhD student with special interest in pain and the development of new painkillers from animal venoms such as spiders and scorpions. Hana began her research career with a pharmacy degree in Germany and her current work focuses on neuropathic pain. Hana is using sophisticated research techniques investigating gene and protein changes in disease models to develop and test new painkillers for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Additionally, Hana is passionate about knowledge, science communication, advocacy of students from disadvantage backgrounds and animal welfare. By participating in Homeward Bound, she’s hoping to develop skills that allow her to become a leader achieving transformative outcomes with outstanding science, as well as to become a leader effecting policy change. She believes in equity and that everybody has the right for education regardless of his or her background.

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BIANCA DAS is a soil scientist and an agricultural systems modeller, currently working at the CSIRO in Toowoomba. She has a BSc. (Hons I) from Lincoln University, an MPhil from The University of Queensland and is currently pursuing a PhD in soil phosphorous cycling. Growing up in New Zealand, Bianca was raised with a strong understanding of what it means to be a guardian of the land, in Te Reo Maori it’s called 'Kaitiakitanga.' With a passion for improving soil quality and ultimately securing future global nutrition, Bianca has worked in research on a variety of global challenges such as; quantifying N2O emissions from dairy soils, improving infiltration of saline-sodic soils and reducing nitrogen losses in sugarcane systems.

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DR ANNA VINKHUYZEN is a research fellow and research project manager with a strong passion for the translation of science into public health applications. She works at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience within the University of Queensland. Anna’s major scientific interests are the genetic underpinnings of common complex disease – diseases that are common in the population but very complex in nature. She enjoys the challenge of translating scientific discoveries into tools for improved prevention and early diagnosis. Currently, she is developing a genetic risk prediction tool for psychiatric diseases to be used in Australian mental health clinics.

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DR EMMA KENNEDY is a spatial ecologist in the Global Change Institute, with an expertise in coral reefs and climate change. Emma explores how reef organisms interact with each other and the environment, working at a range of spatial scales, from the molecular (microscopic symbionts living inside corals) to the global (scaling up our ability to monitor changes in reefs using new technologies). She is currently the lead scientist on the Seaview Survey, a high-profile coral reef monitoring program using ‘google streetview’ style cameras to collect information about coral reefs. Emma believes everybody should have the chance to experience the reef, and in her spare time teaches scuba diving and supports citizen science organisation ReefCheck Australia. By participating in Homeward Bound, she’s hoping to significantly enhance her leadership, strategic and visibility skills so that she is better equipped to effect positive outcomes in her sphere of influence as well as in the wider world.

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DR KAREN AITKEN is a principle research scientist in CSIRO’s Northern Crops program and leads the Sugarcane Improvement team in Brisbane, Australia. Her research focuses on understanding complex plant genomes and polyploidy, she is PI of a US Department of Energy community science project which is sequencing the sugarcane genome. She enjoys the challenge of converting scientific discoveries into tools that can be used to make farming more efficient and sustainable. Karen is passionate about encouraging women into science and making science more accessible to the wider community.

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