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Ana Payo Antarctica



Ana Payo Payo participated as a student in Homeward Bound 2017. Two years later, she has been invited to join the expedition as part of the teaching staff.


FOOT: Ana Payo Payo in Antarctica during her participation in the Homeward Bound expedition in 2017. @anapayopayo

Homeward Bound is a pioneering and innovative international initiative that integrates gender equality, climate change and leadership in the scientific, political and social fields. The program annually brings together 100 scientists from around the world who receive personal and specialized training in leadership techniques, team management, international relations, project development and financing and collective intelligence for one year. The gold brooch of the program is a three-week Antarctic expedition. The project is creating an international network of women working towards the visibility of the figure of women in STEM disciplines and the fight against climate change. Homeward Bound Project is backed by great personalities such as Christiana Figueres (Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Convention) who joined the expedition in December 2018.

Ana Payo Payo participated for the first time as a student at Homeward Bound in 2017. After her experience as a student in the 2018 Expedition, the founder and leader of the Homeward Bound program, Fabian Datner, contacted Ana to invite her to participate as part of the team faculty. Thus becoming the youngest component of the teaching staff.

“Getting to enter the program and financing my participation as a student was very hard” - although now all of that proves a great success with the invitation to participate as part of the management team - “Being able to participate again and this time from the other side is a great opportunity. I'm very happy. However, all this would not have been possible if it were not thanks to the support of Mallorcan businessmen such as: Inturotel Hotels & Resorts, Cinètica, Bestard, Melicoto, Pelopantón, Webstyle Mallorca and Cristina Benaescoechea. In addition to the support of more than 500 patrons through a crowdfunding with the Indigogo platform. ”

Next November, Ana will return to Antarctica in charge of logistics and communication tasks. Together with her, five other Spanish women, including the Mallorcan Marga Gual, will participate as students in this edition.

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