Lynchpin supports Homeward Bound 2018 participants

Lynchpin is happy to introduce and to offer support to  Karen Alexander and Justine Barrett, who are two of eighty women with a science background from around the globe who have been chosen to participate in the next Homeward Bound program. This 12 month program teaches leadership, strategy and communication skills and culminates in a three week trip to Antarctica. The ultimate goal of Homeward Bound project is to have 1,000 women from all over the world connected to inform policy and make the changes needed for a more sustainable planet.




Karen Alexander, Research Fellow, IMAS University of Tasmania

Doctor Karen Alexander is an interdisciplinary Research Fellow in the Centre for Marine Socioecology.  She is a marine social scientist (and part-time ecosystem modeller) with wide-ranging interests, centring on marine governance. She specialises in issues around the transition to a green (blue) economy and more recently her research has focused on stakeholder engagement and social license for sectors such as offshore renewable energy and aquaculture.

Read more about Karen here.



Justine Barrett

Masters student, IMAS:  has finished a small research project looking at public perceptions of Antarctic krill fishing and is about to embark on a project with CSIRO looking at microplastics in sediment from the Great Australian Bight. In 2018 Justine’s aim is to help to get Antarctic and marine science into schools. This will potentially be a collaborative project with the Department of Education, IMAS, CSIRO, AAD, Marine Discovery Centre, Woodbridge etc to develop resources and scientist interactions for schools to easily access.


Justine writes:

The skills I gain from this program will help me achieve my ultimate goal which is to have every school in Australia teaching students the importance of Antarctic and marine science so that our children understand how fragile and incredible our planet is – and why we MUST take care of it.

The Homeward Bound program comes with a hefty price tag of $25,000 AUD for each participant. This not only pays for the ship but also for the expert leadership and scientific content we will receive whilst aboard.

I am seeking support from companies, groups, and/or individuals who can see that the positive outcomes of this program impact the longevity of our planet. This support is welcome in the form of financial support.

In return, talk with me about how I can best support you or your organisation or your clients. Take your branding to Antarctica for great photo opps? Speak at events on my return? Any other great ideas?

I have teamed up with another Tasmanian (Karen Alexander) and together we are raising awareness and funds.

Please see the fundraising page for more details:

Or follow our journey join our facebook group: 



Lynchpin will look forward to including updates from this Homeward Bound experience for Karen and Justine at this BLOG site.