To Antarctica and back

Justine & Nancy are Homeward Bound

The women of Homeward Bound on route to Antarctica.

The women of Homeward Bound on route to Antarctica.

Two CEED scientists, Dr Justine Shaw and Dr Nancy Auerbach, recently took part in the inaugural program of Homeward Bound, a pioneering leadership, strategy and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica.

Homeward Bound acknowledges the effects that climate change and anthropogenic alterations are having on our planet. The initiative aims to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in directing policy and decision-making as it shapes our planet’s future.

Launching in 2016, Homeward Bound gathered the first 76 of a targeted 1000 women from around the world, all with science backgrounds. The women undertook a year-long state-of-the-art program for developing leadership and strategic capabilities to enhance scientific expertise. The program culminated in the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica in December 2016. The science program was led by Justine Shaw and Mary-Anne Lea from the Institute of Marine & Antarctic Studies, UTAS. Nancy Auerbach, was also on the expedition, selected from a field of over 270 applications to participate.

The Antarctic trip involved an intense schedule of leadership, strategy execution and global change science. The expeditioners presented their own research in a symposium while at sea in Antarctica. They were encouraged to explore opportunities for collaborations and to show how their work could have greater impact and reach.

Justine Shaw: “This isn’t simply a trip to Antarctica, it’s about bringing women scientists together and exploring leadership and strategy and how we can make a change.”

Justine Shaw: “This isn’t simply a trip to Antarctica, it’s about bringing women scientists together and exploring leadership and strategy and how we can make a change.”

“It’s incredibly exciting when you look at the group of women (who went), the range of backgrounds and experiences, their scientific disciplines and career stages,” says Shaw. “This isn’t simply a trip to Antarctica, it’s about bringing women scientists together and exploring leadership and strategy and how we can make a change. We can’t wait to see what comes out of this voyage, the future collaborations and what it all means for science.”

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