MOTHER NATURE NEEDS HER DAUGHTERS

1,000 women from STEMM disciplines looking for solutions to fight the climate emergency and vindicate their role in science.

We are supporting Homeward Bound, the international female scientists' leadership program for tackling the climate crisis.

Since we became a global partner five years ago, we have involved 500 women in the program.

Homeward Bound's goal is to create an international network of 1,000 professional women working in different STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) areas within fourteen years, to collaborate on projects in diverse scientific and geographic areas, thus giving visibility to women in science so that they can be the leaders who impact their communities and have a say in solving challenges such as the climate emergency.

The one-year program includes training in leadership, strategy, communication and visibility based on a personal development assessment working with specialized mentors, including world-renowned figures such as the architect of the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres, primatologist Jane Goodall, and Musimbi Kanyoro, president of the Global Fund for Women.

Homeward Bound also promotes the generation of networks among the participants of each of the editions, in order to establish personal and professional ties that enrich teamwork and generate new proposals to implement the leadership tools acquired during the program.

The culmination of the exchange of information, conclusions, projects and challenges will take place during the three-week trip to the Antarctic Peninsula, during which the expedition will visit various scientific bases to gather information on the impact of climate change on the white continent, a thermometer of how global warming is affecting the Earth. The pandemic has forced a pause in the HB5 (2020) and HB6 (2021) expeditions, although a joint expedition is planned between November 2021 and February 2024.

HOMEWARD BOUND MALASPINA AWARD

 


Homemeward Bound has been chosen as the recipient of the 4th Malaspina Award in recognition of its global work in promoting women's leadership capacity in STEMM.

 


The Malaspina Award is an honor bestowed by the Spanish Embassy in Canberra and the Spanish Researchers Association in Australia-Pacific (SRAP). Awarded annually to individuals and organizations that, through their work, make a significant contribution to scientific or cultural relations between Australia and Spain, in 2021 it was awarded to the Homeward Bound program.

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February 11th: ACCIONA presents Homeward Bound in Middel East

ACCIONA organized a roundtable in Dubai to present the Homeward Bound project, a global initiative that aims to boost women's leadership in science.

The event took place at the Spain Pavilion of EXPO 2020 on Friday, February 11 on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The roundtable session in Dubai brought together Fabian Dattner, founder of Homeward Bound Project; Lourdes Vega, Director of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH Center) at Khalifa University; and Marta Fernandez Fernandez, Chief Experience Officer of JUMIA, an e-commerce group.

The event was attended by high school students from Sunmarke School of Dubai and Khalifa University.

In addition to the panel discussion, there was a photo exhibition consisting of 13 images telling the story of Homeward Bound.

Multicast April 22nd: International Mother Earth Day.

Science and technology are key to solving the future challenges of Mother Earth; pandemics, climate catastrophes, poverty ... Women are not being taken into account in these important decisions. The purpose of Homeward Bound is to change this reality.

For this reason we organized a talk between Linda Lara-Jacobo, scientific specialist in toxicology and Javier Santaolalla, scientific popularizer, in order to transmit how women can, and should, be decisive in making decisions that will mark the future of Mother Earth.

 

Watch the multicast 

Previous editions of Homeward Bound

Get to know our #ACCIONATeam

ALICIA PÉREZ-PORRO

Alicia Pérez-Porro's passions encompass both science and the experience of scientists and science in society. With more than a decade of research, she also works to make science more inclusive, understandable and creative. Originally from Barcelona, she holds a Master's degree in Biodiversity, a PhD in Biology on marine sponge ecology and genomics, conducted at Harvard University, and is currently a research associate at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Recognizing the barriers women face in science, she has created and chairs the Women in Science Commission (MECUSA) of the Association of Spanish Scientists in the United States.

UXUA LÓPEZ

Telecommunications engineer with twelve years of experience in the field of renewable energies at ACCIONA Energy in Spain. She has installed communication systems in wind farms in five continents and is currently in charge of the operation and maintenance of the control center systems. He holds a Master's degree in Cybersecurity and his area of specialization is industrial control systems. She loves mountains and cycling and she is involved in a project for the recovery of an abandoned village in order to turn it into an "ecovillage".

ANA PAYO

Ana Payo is a passionate scientist about to defend her PhD on the effects of environmental variability and perturbations on seabird population dynamics at IMEDEA-CSIC-UIB/University of Barcelona. She believes that addressing the challenge of "empowering" women and involving people in science has never been more urgent to avoid the loss of scientific talent and ensure innovation capacity, excellence and competitiveness in the future. That is why she invests most of her free time in science outreach activities with Big Van.

Alexandra Dubini 

Alexandra Dubini, a researcher at the University of Córdoba, studied and obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of East Anglia, UK (2005). She worked for 10 years (2005-2015) as a research scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States, where she focused on understanding the metabolic pathways involved in the production of biofuels, from green algae and more specifically hydrogen production. Recently he has dedicated his work to wastewater bioremediation using a consortium of algae and bacteria. She collaborates with numerous laboratories around the world and is eager to promote algae as the next energy source. She frequently engages in outreach and student training activities, including collaboration with NASA. In addition, she is a yoga teacher and massage therapist. In her spare time, she loves dancing, skiing and traveling.