Science Leading the Way: A Journey of 1,000 Women in STEMM

A project by: Julianna Kadar

pledged of $20,000 target
This project will only receive pledges if at least $2,000 is pledged by Thu 04 Jun 2020
Julianna is a shark scientist fundraising to participate in the Homeward Bound leadership program

The project

The Homeward Bound Program is a yearlong leadership program that culminates in a voyage to Antarctica at the end of 2020. I have been selected along with 80 other women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math & medicine) who are dedicated to making positive changes in the world using science. The Homeward Bound program is working to build an international network of 1,000 women in STEMM over ten years and I am fundraising to be a part of the 5th cohort who will participate in this unique program. 

Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking leadership, strategy, science and outreach program for women. The initiative 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 today. All information about the program can be found here:

my story

Next year, I am graduating with my PhD in Biological Science and I have been given the chance of a lifetime to join this incredible group of leaders. This program will allow us all to train ourselves to lead and empower diverse STEMM communities and encourage evidence-based policy to lead the way for global decisions. This is an integral part of all of our development to understanding how we can employ leadership to make global partnerships that could meaningfully impact our local communities and the larger world. 

Thank you for your time and consideration of these efforts. 

About julianna

I grew up in southern California and spent my summers in Budapest, Hungary with my family. I have always loved animals, the ocean, and cutting edge technology and now I get to combine the things I love most in my work. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia using tags that function like Fitbits to study the movements and behaviour of a small species of shark native to Australia. These tags collect millions of data points and I use machine learning algorithms to break them down and create 'pictures' of shark behaviours so we can remotely observe these animals and find out how to keep the environment around us thriving. 

I teach about science policy and culture at university level, encouraging students to keep the spark alive in their love for science and find ways their careers can lead to a sustainable future.

I regularly speak at schools, clubs, government organisations and industry about the ocean, the animals within it and how we use science to learn about the world around us and protect it. 

I was the lead researcher for a 3-year research project at Taronga Zoo in Sydney which is working to find out the main factors that impact shark activity levels.

I am active in my field and university campus, mentoring students and organising events that support diversity in the STEMM fields and spreading ideas that have the potential to change culture, economy and politics for the benefit of the planet.

Where will the money go?

  • The total cost of the yearlong leadership program, including the 21-day expedition to Antarctica is approximately $29,000 USD per participant. Nearly $12,000 USD is subsidised via in-kind donations (i.e. time, resources, cold weather gear, etc.) 
  • This means individual participants are responsible for $17,000 USD (~$25,000 AUD) plus travel and insurance costs to and from Ushuaia, Argentina (~$5,000 AUD). 
  • If I surpass the total, I will donate any extra funds to the Homeward Bound Scholarship fund to help women from developing nations join the Homeward Bound Program.
  • I reached my first goal at the end of February 2020, raising $10,000 AUD from 60 sponsors (pictured below). This allowed me to secure my spot in the Homeward Bound Program for 2020. 


If you are interested in supporting this cause, we have options for both corporate and general donations. For general donations, you can choose to receive rewards like a postcard from Antarctica or a digital photo album of the voyage's best moments. All corporate donations include a presentation/seminar on one of Homeward Bound's key messages including diversity in the STEMM fields and building a sustainable future through evidence-based policy. 

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more about homeward bound

Launched in 2016, Homeward Bound gathered the first 76 women from around the world, all with science backgrounds, to undertake a yearlong state-of-the-art program to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities, using science to build conviction around the importance of their voices. In December 2016, the program culminated in the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica with a focus on women's leadership and the state of the world.

Project Objectives

  • To elevate each participant’s leadership capabilities
  • To refine participants’ skills to design and execute strategy and to create plans for future collaborations as women working towards a sustainable future
  • To contribute to and elevate the broader societal conversation about the role of women in leading the world toward a more sustainable future


  • The 12-month virtual leadership program includes diagnostic testing, one-on-one coaching sessions, and seminars
  • We are at sea for approximately 3 weeks, setting sail from Ushuaia, Argentina in November 2020
  • State-of-the-art leadership, strategic, science and visibility training will be delivered on board by Kit Jackson, Fabian Dattner, Justine Shaw, Mary-Anne Lea, Julia May, Sarah Anderson and other experts in their fields

Why Women?

  • Globally, women are underrepresented in leadership positions and change has been incredibly slow, despite increasing dialogue and system changes
  • By giving these women leadership and strategic skills, a sound understanding of the science, and a strong, purposefully developed network they will be able to impact policy and decisions towards a sustainable future

Why Antarctica?

  • Regions of Antarctica are currently being affected by climate change and are experiencing some of the worst warming effects on the planet
  • By taking this journey together the experience will create strong bonds, inspire action and lead to extraordinary collaborations between the women

Check out my research

help us succeed

Get in touch with me directly to discuss sponsorship and support for this cause:

  • email:
  • phone: +61 415 186 299

Thank you to our current corporate sponsors

ViaLase, ACCIONA, Kathmandu, & Human Synergistics