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Female scientists come together to make global change

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Female scientists come together to boost numbers in senior roles globally and create a more sustainable future for everyone.

A group of female scientists met in Antarctica in December to tackle the issue of climate change while aiming to boost the number of females in leadership roles.

A group of 77 female scientists from around the congregated in Antarctica in December to mark the end of the first year of a project aiming to build the number of women in top tier STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) roles.

The Homeward Bound Project was initiated in response to the lack of females in senior scientist roles globally. According to Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), 49 percent of those studying STEMM bachelor degrees are females but numbers decline throughout career progression with only 20 percent of senior professors represented by women.

In 2016, the Homeward Bound Project enlisted 77 female scientists, at varying stages of their career, to begin a ten-year outreach program to develop leadership, strategic and scientific skills with a specific focus on a sustainable future. In early December, the scientists culminated the inaugural year by coming together on a 20-day journey to Antarctica to further discuss climate change in a location most prominently affected by the issue.

One of Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs Fabian Dattner and Australian Antarctic Division marine biologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas created the Homeward Bound Project and aim to eventually bring together more than 1,000 women in science globally and create a more equitable number of females in top tier STEMM roles.


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