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ACCIONA promotes women's leadership in climate mitigation through Homeward Bound program

05/11/2019
  • The largest ever female expedition, including 100 women from 35 countries, will travel to Antarctica on the 200th anniversary of the continent’s discovery.
  • Two Canadian female scientists will take part in this year’s Homeward Bound Antarctica expedition.

ACCIONA is sponsoring the fourth edition of Homeward Bound (HB04), an international leadership and empowerment program for women scientists tackling the climate crisis. The HB04 participants are currently taking part in a one-year training and research program that will finalize with an expedition to Antarctica. The group will depart from Ushuaia (Argentina) on 22nd November and return on 10th December 2019.

Two Canadian female professionals from diverse scientific backgrounds will join this year’s Homeward Bound Antarctic expedition: Kirsten Müller, Professor of Biology at the University of Waterloo and President of the Phycological Society of America, and Tammy Eger, Professor at Laurentian University and Research Chair at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health. These new additions mean that now over ten Canadians have participated in the program since its beginnings.

This year, the expedition will be the largest in numbers to date, with a hundred women from 35 countries taking part. This HB04 edition also coincides with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica.

ACCIONA is a global partner of the Homeward Bound initiative, through which the company aims to foster women's leadership, global sustainability and climate mitigation. Since its incorporation as a global partner three years ago, ACCIONA has encouraged 400 women to participate in the program.

Homeward Bound’s goal is to create an international network of 1,000 prominent female professionals working in different areas of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) over a ten-year period, to foster collaboration on projects in various scientific and geographical areas. Creating this network will allow these female scientists to gain visibility worldwide, while promoting women's leadership in the ongoing global climate fight.

The one-year initiative includes training programs with specialist mentors in leadership, strategy, communication and visibility, based on an evaluation of personal development. The mentors selected for HB04 include world-renowned figures such as the architect of the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres, primatologist Jane Goodall, and Musimbi Kanyoro, CEO and president of the Global Fund for Women.

Homeward Bound also encourages team members to create networking opportunities between participants of past and present editions of the expedition. In this way, the scientists will hopefully build personal and professional ties that may enrich their teamwork.

The program concludes with a three-week expedition to the Antarctic, where the female scientists will work together gathering information on the impact that global warming is having on the continent.

Profiles of both Canadian participants in homeward bound 04:

Kirsten Müller

Professor of Biology & Assistant Vice President of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Waterloo (Canada). Kristen is an expert in algae studies (phycologist) and is currently President of the Phycological Society of America. Her research focuses on the evolution, ecology and taxonomy of marine and freshwater algae. More recently, she has been examining the impact of forest fires on rivers and the resulting algal blooms that occur from these events. She received the Excellence in Science Teaching Award (ESTA) from the University of Waterloo in 2016. Kirsten is passionate about being a role model for women and advocating for increasing graduate student diversity in STEMM.

Tammy Eger

Professor at Laurentian University (Canada) in the School of Human Kinetics as well as Research Chair at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health. Her studies focus on the application of ergonomic and human factors principles in industry. Tammy is an author of over 45 journal papers and 100 conference abstracts.  She has delivered keynote lectures in Australia, China, Sweden, Peru and the US. In 2017, Tammy co-led the development of a mobile lab to support research in occupational safety and health in rural and remote regions of Ontario. As an undergraduate, graduate and research coordinator, Tammy has strived to collaborate in promoting diversity in STEMM. Tammy holds a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Biomechanics from Queen’s University.

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