Team WA Homeward Bound 2018

By The University of Western Australia

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Thank you to our donors for your generous support.

Our campaign is now closed.

We made it to Antarctica! See highlights from our Homeward Bound journey below.

Visit our team page on Facebook to stay in touch.


Raised of $40,000

With R/V Ushuaia at anchor, here's Team WA HB18 ashore at Deception Island off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

The opportunity to visit international research stations and converse with fellow scientists was a highlight of our voyage.

With their trumpeting calls, bright orange bills and distinct markings, charismatic gentoo penguins were not hard to miss.

Daily seminars and discussions kept us engaged aboard the ship despite frequent whale sightings and passing icebergs.

Thank you to our esteemed panel of women in STEMM for supporting our October 2018 fundraising event at UWA.


Be a Part of Our Journey

What happens when you put 80 women — all passionate about science, equity and the state of our planet — on board a ship bound for Antarctica? In February 2018, we're hoping to find out. But we can't get there without your support.

We are a team of five women living in Western Australia who are among the 80 participants selected from around the world to take part in Homeward Bound 2018, an intensive 12-month leadership program for women in science set against the backdrop of Antarctica.

Please help support this international collaborative movement working to enhance the impact of women in science and to address global environmental change. While much of the program investment per person is subsidised by in-kind donations, each participant must cover approximately AU$25,000 of costs. All contributions, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated.

Be a part of our fantastic journey! Follow Team WA Homeward Bound 2018 on Facebook.

What is Homeward Bound?

Homeward Bound is an innovative global leadership initiative for women in science. The vision, over the next decade, is to equip a 1000-strong global collaboration of women with a science background to lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision-making as it informs the future of our planet. This 12-month program develops leadership, communication, visibility and strategic capabilities and culminates in an intensive three-week leadership expedition to Antarctica leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina.

For more information about the program, visit the Homeward Bound website.

Tackling Tough Issues Together

Equipped with leadership skills fostered through our participation in Homeward Bound, this global network of women in science aims to tackle two pressing issues:


  1. Gender Equity

    Science touches every part of our present world — and will shape every part of our future. Yet, globally, women hold less than 25% of executive roles in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) despite their recognised ability to effectively collaborate, be inclusive, share a legacy mindset and care for shared resources. It's time for us to nurture female leadership potential and address barriers to gender equity to ensure the world benefits from some of the best and brightest minds we have.

  2. Global Environmental Change

    Humans have had a significant impact on Earth's climate and the environment on which all species depend. In this critical and decisive time for our planet, it is more crucial than ever to have women at the leadership table to seek sustainable solutions to mitigate the effects of global environmental change. Together, Homeward Bound participants will make the most of this opportunity to gain leadership skills and become influencers in the sustainability and climate action dialogue.

Why Antarctica?

Awe-inspiringly beautiful, remote and wild, Antarctica has captured the imagination of many leaders and explorers in the past. It's also one of the most vulnerable and rapidly changing regions of our planet — a sentinel for global environmental change.

Antarctica is also a physical manifestation of the fundamental principles and aims of Homeward Bound. It is governed by cooperation; the isolated environment necessitates both leadership and teamwork for survival; and its natural resources remain largely unexploited. By taking this journey to Antarctica together, we envision our shared experience will create strong bonds, inspire action and lead to extraordinary collaborations.

What Your Donation Will Support

Our participation in Homeward Bound will be an experience of a lifetime, but it will take a huge amount of support and determination to get there.

The total cost of this year-long leadership program and three-week expedition to Antarctica is about AU$40,000 per participant. Of that, approximately AU$15,000 is subsidised via in-kind contributions. It's up to individual participants to cover the remaining AU$25,000. This significant investment includes travel from Australia to Ushuaia, chartering the ship, insurance and equipment.  You can find a detailed breakdown of program costs here.

If we exceed our campaign target, Team WA Homeward Bound 2018 will donate the surplus funds to the Homeward Bound scholarship program to provide an opportunity for women in countries most affected by climate change to participate in this global initiative.

We want to take you on an incredible journey towards building a more equitable and sustainable future. Any contributions, big or small, to help us achieve this ambitious goal are welcomed with heartfelt thanks.


Our Team

Team WA Homeward Bound 2018 reflects the international makeup of the larger program. Although we all currently live in Western Australia, we hail from different corners of the globe. We also represent a wide range of science disciplines, interests and experience. Working together, we can reach and influence a broad cross-section to make a difference on behalf of our planet.

Already, our participation in Homeward Bound has been making a splash. Check out our Channel 9 News interview and follow media about our team here.









Anais Pages

Research Scientist, CSIRO
With degrees in Environmental Science and Applied Chemistry, Anais works at the intersection of organic chemistry, geology and evolutionary biology. Her research explores the origins of life on Earth and its evolution through time. She is originally from France. To learn more about Anais, contact her here. 










Jessica Brainard

Curator, New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum 
Jessica utilises her background in Environmental Science Communication to make science come to life for diverse audiences. Originally from the United States, Jessica is currently developing museum exhibitions that celebrate and inspire people to conserve the amazing biodiversity of Western Australia. To learn more about Jessica, visit her individual page here.









Rachel Zombor

Director & Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neurosciences Unit Department of Health

Trained as a Neuropsychologist, Rachel currently directs the clinical and research programs of a specialist statewide mental health unit. She is passionate about improving health services and gender equity and loves teaching, supervising and mentoring. Visit Rachel's individual page here.









Valérie Sage

Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Energy WA

Originally from France, Valérie has a background in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Her research in the field of Energy has a strong focus on carbon emissions reduction, transformation and mitigation of greenhouse gases, and process optimisation to reduce waste and emissions. To learn more about Valérie, contact her here.

Veronique Florec

Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Western Australia
Veronique's multidisciplinary research utilises integrated bio-economic modeling to evaluate the impact of land management strategies on people and the environment. She is both Colombian and French and loves living in Australia. 


 To follow us on our journey, visit our Team WA Homeward Bound 2018 Facebook page.

And check back here to see how we're travelling with our fundraising campaign.

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