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Our 3rd Year of Supporting Women in Science

Group of women in Red Winter jackets on a ship on an expedition to Antarctica.

Garin is really proud to be starting his third year of supporting the incredible Homeward Bound initiative. This year-long programme supports women in science from around the world on leadership development, strategic capability, visibility and science communication, and science collaboration. At the end of the programme they embark on an expedition to Antarctica.

Garin shared “In the last 3 years, I’ve worked with some of the most remarkable, driven and inspiring women. It’s been an absolute privilege to spend time with people that are making the world a better place through their work and focused on inspiring others. It’s been an honour to work with doctors, biologists, climate activists, and science communicators on their exciting journey”.

Editor’s Notes:

Homeward Bound is a groundbreaking global leadership initiative, focused on empowering women to influence decisions shaping our planet. Set against the backdrop of Antarctica, the program emphasizes collaborative, inclusive, and legacy-minded leadership. It revolves around three strategic focal points: individual leadership capacity, collective strength, and impactful actions.

The initiative, dreamt into reality by Fabian Dattner and co-founded with Dr. Justine Shaw, Assoc. Professor Mary-Anne Lea, and Jess-Melbourne Thomas, has garnered support from significant scientific bodies and influential women. Since its viral launch in 2015, Homeward Bound has led four cohorts of women through an annual state-of-the-art program and Antarctic voyage, with a fifth cohort underway and a sixth being selected.

Homeward Bound targets women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) who are underrepresented in leadership positions. By providing leadership, visibility, and strategic skills, along with a strong network, the program aims to enhance their ability to lead for the greater good and impact decision-making for a sustainable future.

Antarctica is the chosen setting due to its rapid response to global sustainability issues, providing a unique opportunity to witness the influence of human activities on the environment. The Antarctic component of the program fosters strong bonds between participants, fostering a network of like-minded women.

The urgency of Homeward Bound is driven by the dual crises of planetary sustainability and global leadership. By developing a new generation of women leaders in STEMM, the program aims to address both issues and contribute to a healthier planet and a sustainable future for all.

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