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Dr Veronique Florec is making the trip to Antarctica with fellow West Australian’s Jessica Brainard (Western Australia Museum), Rachel Zombor (WA Department of Heath), Anais Pages (CSIRO) and Valerie Sage (CSIRO).
Dr Veronique Florec is making the trip to Antarctica with fellow West Australian’s Jessica Brainard (Western Australia Museum), Rachel Zombor (WA Department of Heath), Anais Pages (CSIRO) and Valerie Sage (CSIRO).
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24 Aug 2017
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Dr Veronique Florec

Researcher selected for Antarctic expedition

Project leader Dr Veronique Florec is one of 80 scientists selected to join an all-female international expedition to Antarctic in February and March 2018.

The expedition is part of the Homeward Bound progam, which aims to heighten the impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision-making. Of the 80 participants, 35 are Australian. 

Dr Florec leads the CRC's Economics of natural hazards project, focusing on applying economic analysis to the management of natural hazards such as bushfires and floods, to help decision makers get better value for money from public investments in hazard mitigation.

“This will be the perfect environment for us to focus on self-observation and deep learning,” she said.

“And living on a ship with 70 other women in close proximity will be pretty intense but it will be exciting to meet so many people from all around the world and improve our leadership skills.

“With the skills we’ll learn from the program, we’ll have more clarity, confidence and strategic capability to influence policy and decision-making as they shape the future of our planet.”

Homeward Bound envisions a geographically, ethnically and scientifically diverse group of women to engage in a philanthropically-funded, year-long program to develop their leadership and strategic capabilities using science. 

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You can help with fundraising efforts for the team at

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