Jana's Homeward Bound Journey for Female Leadership #TeamHB4

By Jana Schniete

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"Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

Hi there! My name is Jana.

I currently work as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. My research interests are in molecular microbiology and bioimaging. I am interested in the evolution of cells in terms of their physiology and biochemistry. With my research I hope to contribute towards tackling some of the many challenges our planet is facing, specifically in terms of environmental pollution and the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

My research passion is evolution- why are things the way they are? What has driven evolutionary changes in the past, present and what will in the future? I think it is vital to understand the driving force of the biological diversity of our planet, which is also intrinsically linked to climate change. How can we make sure that our planet's diversity is maintained?

As I am passionate about my work and I believe that, as a scientist, it is my responsibility to inform future generations about what happens "behind closed doors" and to inspire young people to aspire towards change for the better.

 Raising female leadership for a sustainable future of our planet Mother Nature needs her Daughters

I am delighted to have been selected as one of 100 women from around the world taking part in Homeward Bound 4 (#HB4). The 12-month leadership program concludes in a three-week-long marine expedition from Argentina to the Antarctica in November-December 2019.

Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking, international initiative to foster scientific and strategic leadership for women. Its mission is to equip a 1000-strong global collaboration of women with a science background to lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision-making to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

 Help me set sail.

While the expedition is generously subsidised by Homeward Bound, this exciting project is largely self-funded, where all participants who believe in the project’s vision are buying-in. Each woman chosen for this expedition has been tasked to raise US$17,000 (13,000 GBP/14 500 EUR) to contribute toward the cost of program and her spot on the expedition in addition to circa US$ 2600 (2000 GBP/2200 EUR) for the travel to Ushuaia (Argentina). 

 Why support me?

Currently, less than 26% of the world's researchers are women and even fewer are in leadership positions.

This under-representation comes at a time when women leaders could make a tangible difference in contributing to a more sustainable world.

Participating in this program will enable me to not only acquire key skills to overcome these obstacles, it will also allow me to pass these skills on to future generations of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM). To allow the emergence of a diverse global collaborative female leadership.

  Why Antarctica?

The Antarctica is an area of our planet most affected by climate change. Studying its role in the climate system, provides critical insights into global-scale changes, and the influence of human activities on environmental changes.

The continent is iconic as a wild, beautiful and unique environment that has captured the imagination of many leaders in the past.

By taking this journey together, we envision the experience will create strong bonds and inspire action leading to extraordinary collaborations between the women.

 Let's make it happen!  fundoneinspiremany 

As a mother I want to be the best role model for my children and want to make them proud. The Homeward Bound Leadership program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn together with other women about how we can achieve a sustainable future on our planet.

Going to Antarctica will fulfil a dream of mine- I am a huge admirer of penguins and I am thrilled I will get to see them in this breath-taking habitat of theirs!

Please, have a look at this short video I made during the application to the programme. 

 Thank you for your support,


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