Melissa Hart - Women in STEM leadership- lessons from Antarctica

Event type: 
23 May 2018
2.00 - 3.00pm

Climate Change Research Centre, Seminar Room, Mathews Building 4th floor, UNSW, Sydney

Melissa hart
Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW, Australia
Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW, Australia

Homeward Bound is a Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) leadership program with a long-term goal to build and support, over the next 10 years, a global network of 1000 women focusing on the leadership and strategy required to contribute towards a more sustainable future. Each year’s cohort undertakes a year-long program to develop leadership, strategic and communication capabilities, culminating in a 3-week voyage to Antarctica.
 Melissa Hart was selected via a globally competitive application process to join the second cohort of the program. In March she joined 79 women from 18 countries on the largest ever all women expedition to Antarctica. This seminar will cover the people, place and program that make up Homeward Bound. There will be penguin photos.


Brief Biography: Melissa Hart has used her role as Graduate Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science to develop a national, cross-institutional graduate program which has reimagined the traditional Australian PhD. With a vital combination of breadth, depth, support, and collaboration, the program has provided over 120 PhD students with the skills, knowledge, and experience fundamental to developing world leading climate science researchers. Melissa’s research looks at the impact of cities on climate and climate on cities, and the meteorological controls on air pollution. Melissa is a strong advocate for gender equity in science and is the chair of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s equity and diversity committee, and a proud participant of the 2018 Homeward Bound Women in STEM leadership initiative.