UK & Ireland Homeward Bound Team (HB04)


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We are Seven...

We are seven women based in the UK & Ireland. We come from diverse backgrounds, but all from the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). we cover Engineering, Biology, Physics and Science Communication. We are a diverse group of engineers, physicists, biologist, science communicators, some of us are also mothers, pet owners, some of us are artists. But what brought us together is having been selected for Homeward Bound.

What happens when you put 100 women — all passionate about science, equity and the state of our planet — on board a ship bound for Antarctica? In November 2019, we're hoping to find out. But we can't get there without your support.

What is Homeward Bound?

In June 2018, 8 women based in the UK & Ireland were successful in outcompeting hundreds of other women to gain a place on the 4th prestigious global Homeward Bound Programme. We will join 92 other women from around the world on a 12-month leadership programme, finishing off with a 3-week intensive voyage to Antarctica. Here we will focus on addressing the complex problems affecting the future of the planet and begin developing creative solutions. Homeward Bound is a ground breaking 10-year global leadership initiative for women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine) which aims to create a 1000-strong global collaboration of women in science and empower them to take up leadership roles to influence policy and decision-making and shape the future of our planet.

We will be 7 of these women.

For more information about the program, visit the Homeward Bound Website

What issues are we here to tackle?

We have all been inspired to take this opportunity and use it to develop ourselves and become the leaders we need. Along the way we aim to inspire others to follow their instincts into a career in STEMM.

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

  1. Women in STEMM Many scholars and policymakers have noted that the fields of STEMM have remained predominantly male with historically low participation among women since their origins during the Age of Enlightenment. We are seeking ways to redress this disparity and inspire others.
  2. Female Leadership

    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 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.

  3. 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.

Who We Are

As a team of strong women, we are ambitious, curious and quick learners. Homeward Bound gives us the opportunities to be open-hearted and honest about our feelings whilst being passionate about finding our own voice, and empowering other women to find and use theirs.

We are 8 of 100 STEMM game-changers in the fourth Homeward Bound cohort encompassing 33 nationalities from across 25 STEMM disciplines. Along with our fellow adventurers, the UK & Ireland team will share 12 months of virtual and in-person team leadership development, culminating in the 21-day expedition to Antarctica.

We are good at what we do, and what we do varies. As a team we cover a broad spectrum of STEMM topics, but it’s not just our careers that are important to us. We all have hobbies, sports, family and friends that mean so much to us, make us who we are today and help us live life to its fullest.

Our diverse range of work including: science education, communication, NGOs, industry and academia, makes us a visible team to lots of different groups and communities.

We are a strong team to represent the UK & Ireland on the world stage. Our multi-dimensional careers mean we cover all aspects and can give a rounded view on discussion topics with a variety of perspectives on topics.

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 £24,000 per participant. Of that a significant proportion (£11,000) of which is covered by in kind contributions from partners in the program. It's up to individual participants to cover the remaining £13,000 programme costs, and additional cost for travel, insurance, gear etc. We have a target of raising £5,000 each towards this mammoth fundraising journey, bringing our total HB UK & Ireland target to £40,000.

Your contribution is an acknowledgement that this program is an opportunity to make a difference, to inspire future leaders in climate science and policy and improve the representation of women at the decision table for science and policy. Please support our campaign to be a part of the Homeward Bound Adventure. You can find a detailed breakdown of program costs here.

If we exceed our campaign target, Team UK&I 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.

Team UK & Ireland will also be looking for flights, Antarctic clothing, backpacks, boots, cameras and so on, so if you're able to help out, again, please get in touch!

Thank you for your support.

Questions? Contact us at:

[email protected]

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Team Members


Alex Jenkin

Jana Schniete

Jessamyn Fairfield

Karen Spenley

Katie Mahon

Louise Batts

Monika Naranjo González