Homeward Bound 2019 Lia Hemerik
I am Lia Hemerik, theoretical biologist. I have a PhD in biology and an MSc in mathematics, both from Leiden University in the Netherlands. During my career, I have used all kinds of mathematical and statistical models for answering real-life questions in the life sciences.
Recently, I have been chosen as one of the hundred participants in cohort 4 of the Homeward Bound initiative ( https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/). This is an Australian initiative for establishing a global network of a thousand women from the exact sciences. Selection was based on our potential for using scientific knowledge and methods to have an impact on decision-making in matters related to the state of the planet. We are looking forward to a challenging year, improving our skills with respect to personal visibility, strategic capabilities and communication. By empowering women with these leadership tools, Homeward Bound hopes to provide women who will bring about a change in global scientific policy.
To participate in this program, I need your financial support, preferably before February 2019. Your support will mean a lot to me, because, by enabling me to follow this leadership program, I will be able to inspire other women, as well as connect with others to help take the lead in scientific research and policy, in fact, pass on the message of Homeward Bound!
I really would be grateful for your support and hope to inform you about my experiences and progress via monthly posts on my Facebook page.
I am lucky to already have some support from the Jan van der Hoevenstichting for Theoretical Biology (Leiden University) and from Biometris (Wageningen University). In addition, colleagues and friends have already contributed on my birthday.
Associate professor, Biometris, Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
For the participants in cohort 4 see: