Homeward Bound Expedition
What's next? I have been chosen to be one of 78 women in science from around the world who are part of Homeward Bound, a global collaboration and expedition to Antarctica in December 2016. Homeward Bound is an inspiring leadership and strategic initiative teamed with a science education program on climate, biological and earth system research, set against the back drop of Antarctica.
This opportunity will allow me to continue my own education, provide leadership and strategic planning training, and further prepare me to teach communities of learners around the globe. I am especially focused on keeping young students (particularly girls) interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and possible careers in these areas.
Each woman chosen for this expedition has been tasked with raising $15,000 to contribute toward their berth on the ship/expedition. See our web page at: http://homewardboundprojects.com.au/ to learn more about Homeward Bound and how this project is funded by additional contributors and in-kind donations.
**** For each $500 benchmark (cumulative) I reach, I will locate a school unable to afford an assembly/guest speaker and I will spend a day with that school; giving free Polar presentations to increase science knowledge and awareness of STEM being used in our Polar regions. Your donation will be put right back into education...immediately!
I would be so grateful for your contribution, which will ensure that my mission of education outreach can continue well into the future. Please help me reach my goal for participation in Homeward Bound.
Read below to learn more about Homeward Bound.
An inspiring leadership and strategic initiative teamed with a science education program on climate, biological and earth system research, set against the back drop of Antarctica, for 78 women scientists from around the globe. This is the start of a ten year outreach initiative to build a 1,000 strong global collaboration of women in science, who have had the same experience at sea together, focussing on the leadership and planning required to contribute to the recognition of our planet as home.
** elevate each participant’s leadership capabilities
** educate the team on how polar science can tell us what is happening to our planet
** refine their skills to design and execute strategy, devising plans for future collaborations as women working towards a sustainable future.
** at sea for twenty days, led by Greg Mortimer (expedition leader), setting sail from Ushuaia, Argentina on December 2nd 2016
** twelve days of state of the art leadership and strategic planning training delivered by Dr. Susan David, Kit Jackson and Fabian Dattner, all experts in their fields
** six days of a cutting edge science education program incorporating the most up to date and relevant research about the state and functioning of our planet delivered by leading Australian academics
** a documentary (60 minute multi media release) is being made, following the journey and exploring the role of women in our world
** primarily underwritten by Dattner Grant (see "Support" section of website for further details)
Why women with a science background? Why leadership? Why Antarctica?
Leadership in our world is predominantly male; there is a global desire to balance this but the shift is slow (conservative estimates anywhere between 75 and 350 years to reach parity). However Homeward Bound is not an initiative focused on gender equity; it is about the much-needed skill and focus women bring to the leadership table at a time when the exigencies of the planet are here and now. Research confirms women leaders demonstrate greater inclusion, more collaboration, a legacy mindset and significantly higher trust with assets (money). These are qualities greatly needed in the leadership of our world today.
Science touches every part of our present and future. It is mission critical that women are in equal measure, visible and leading, in science. Right now, there is a glaring absence of women in decision making on issues that affect the state of our planet, estimates suggesting as low as 7 - 9%.
Homeward Bound wants to put our best leaders forward where they are needed, and right now that's women in massive numbers. If women in science are supported to lead, it ensures a better future for us all.
Antarctica is the picture frame for Homeward Bound 2016, the final part of the 12-month collaboration. Regions of Antarctica are currently showing among the fastest responses to climate change seen anywhere on the planet. The study of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and their roles in the climate system, provides critical insights into global-scale change, and the influence of human activities on environmental change. The continent is iconic as a wild, beautiful and unique environment that has captured the imagination of many leaders in the past. By framing the journey with Antarctica, the experience will create stronger bonds, inspire action and lead to extraordinary collaborations.
Two weeks from today the entire Homeward Bound group will meet in Ushuaia and have a celebratory dinner before we depart for Antarctica the following day. Join our FB community page at: https://www.facebook.com/homewardboundprojects/
Check out our website: https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/
Thanks for ALL of your support!
Betty the Gentoo Penguin runs the Science Roadshow, teaching kids about Antarctica, science and the world. She has also been an elementary teacher and a researcher in Antarctica. She loves photography, kayaking, gardening and winter sports.
Betty is waving hello from a beach on the New South Wales South Coast, watching the whales go by.
Hi! I'm with the Northwest Herald and hoping to speak with you about the upcoming expedition. If you can set up a time to talk, give me a ring at 815-526-4419. Thanks! - Brittany