Media Release: Biophysical Chemist, Frances Separovic, ready to embark on 4th Homeward Bound Voyage

14 November 2019

For the last 12 months, participants hailing from all corners of the globe have undergone an intensive leadership training program for women with a background in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine), as they prepare for the fourth iteration of the Homeward Bound voyage.

This program, seeks to convene and equip a diverse coalition of leaders to increase the visibility of women in both academia and industry.

Towards the end of November, the program will culminate with 100 women travelling to Ushuaia, Argentina where they will t​ake their place,​ embarking on a life-changing voyage to one of the most ecologically pristine and harshest environments in the world  ̶ Antarctica.

The statistics are dire. STEMM fields are advancing very quickly, but women hold only 18% of leadership roles. Women consistently undersell themselves (which we see year-on-year in Homeward Bound) and are less likely to put themselves forward for leadership. Yet, when they do, they excel. This lack of women holding leadership positions in STEMM fields has been described “more like an endless loop​ than a glass ceiling”​1.

Professor Frances Separovic from the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, is ready to ​take her place ​as a leader in STEMM and beyond by being selected as a Homeward Bound participant. Her achievements across biophysical chemistry make her a valued addition on this journey.

“I am excited to be part of a global network of 1000 women in STEMM that is being built to lead and influence decision making as it shapes our planet.” says Frances Separovic, @FrancesBiophys

As these women travel to Argentina and embark upon their voyage, Homeward Bound’s campaign, #takeyourplace​ will seek to elevate their voices and stories of their leadership journeys as they take their place as advocates, leaders and influencers.

For further information please contact: Frances Separovic fs [at] and visit ​

1. Neal, S. & Smith, A. (2019). ‘Are we Underselling the Promise of Women in STEM Leadership Roles?’, DDIWorld,