Supporting Scottish Women for the 2019 Homeward Bound Programme

By Lorna Slater

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Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking leadership initiative for women. The programme aims to heighten the leadership capability of women scientists and engineers to enhance their influence and impact on policy and decision making as it shapes our planet. Three applicants from Scotland were accepted for the 2019 expedition:

Dr Kirsty Rob - is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Strathclyde, currently working on a project that is focussed on antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics and the fight against “superbugs”. Kirsty is also a UK Mountain Leader and a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition leader. Participation in the Homeward Bound project will allow Kirsty to learn valuable leadership skills and the skills she needs to inspire future generations of young scientists.

Dr Helen Wade - is a seabird scientist working at Scottish Natural Heritage. She advises government on how seabirds may be affected by developments in the marine environment, such as offshore wind farms, fisheries activities and seaweed harvesting. Helen was drawn to Homeward Bound to develop her leadership skills and self-confidence. She is passionate about making sure women's voices are heard when important decisions are being made and intends to use the skills she develops to positively influence decision making towards a more sustainable future.

Lorna Slater - Is a chartered Electro-mechanical Engineer and is currently the Engineering Project Manager at Scotrenewables Tidal Power, home of Scotland's largest operating tidal stream turbine. Lorna is also an active member of the Scottish Green Party. Lorna hopes that the Homeward Bound programme will give her the skills she needs to lead development of the marine renewable industry and influence Scottish politics around Green issues.

The Homeward Bound programme recognises that there is a shortage of women in leadership and policy development positions around the world. It aims to develop the leadership skills of women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics & medicine) who can then fill this gap and go on to influence policy around climate change and sustainability.

The 2019 Homeward Bound Programme includes 80 women from 28 countries who will undergo 12 months of leadership development training, culminating in a 21 day expedition to Antarctica in January 2019. Over the next 12 months we will participate in collaborative projects, and leadership, strategy, science and communications training.

The programme costs $16,000 USD each, on top of travel expenses and equipment, and we need your help to be able to take our places on this expedition. Please support our participation in this extraordinary programme so that we can help lead Scotland and the world to a more sustainable future.

Why Antarctica? Antarctica is not the focus, but the picture-frame for Homeward Bound. The location of the expediction is intended to focus participants' minds through showing them first hand one of the worlds environments that is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Why women in STEMM? The voices of scientists will be vital in helping us solve some of our most intractable problems. But scientists need to have the skills and connections to be able to speak up outside of their own communities. They need to know how to influence policy, how to communicate with the media and the leadership skills to take on projects and implement a vision. Women are under-represented in both STEMM and climate change policy globally, this programme aims to support women in both fields.

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Team Members

Lorna Slater

Helen Wade

Kirsty Robb