Kate Homeward Bound Antarctica

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Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica.

The initiative, turned global movement, aims to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet.

Homeward Bound engages women leaders in Science, Technology. Engineering and Maths (STEM) for the future of our planet.

The lack of women in science and in academic positions is a global issue (currently women hold 28% of academic positions). This expedition address this by building future global leaders to inspire the next generation and for the future of our planet “mother nature needs her daughters”.

I have been selected as one of 70 women scientists (encompassing all career stages) from around the world to take part in Homeward Bound 2018.

Why Sponsor Me?

There are several great articles about the challenges women in science and academia (higher education) face:





Participating in this program will enable me to not only aquire key skills to overcome these obstacles, it will allow me to pass these skills on to future generations of women in STEM.


The leadership program runs for a year (and beyond) and culminates in three weeks in Antarctica (February/March 2018).

The total costs for the Antrarctic trip is approx. $40,000 per preson, the trip costs me $16,000 USD in total. I plan to appy for travel fellowships. This platform will hopefully enable me to crowdsource and gain sponsorship to partially fund these costs.


Here is my 2 minute application video:

I am a Chancellor's Fellow and Lecturer in Drug Discovery at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. UK. I have just started my own research group (2016).

Going to Antarctica is a life goal, I  believe the trip will benefit all aspects of my life and career.
It may even be life changing!

This opportunity allows me to develop as a future leader and as a women in STEM.

Videos and photos of penguins, icebergs and expedition life will be shared to all that sponsor me - I promise they'll be fun.

Thank you for your support,

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Patrick Philip Cunningham
11 months ago

Have a wonderful trip and i'm glad i could contribute towards your ventures. Best wishes Mr Patrick Philip Cunningham xxx

Jonathan Parra
11 months ago

I wish you all the best! Pura Vida.

Joyce & Bill Paul
11 months ago (Offline Donation)
Sarah Fox-Greer
11 months ago

You are killing it at this female in academia thing!! You are pretty amazing. Have the best time in Antarctica, I can’t wait to see all the pictures.

Helen Kennedy
11 months ago

I really hope gofundme is right and I'm the 100th donor. Have fun changing the world and studying science like a girl!

Margaret Varney
11 months ago

Good Luck, Love & Best wishes for your trip Kate, From the Varney Family. XXX

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