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Miss Bliss in action, top,  in the Dove canyon near Cradle Mountain where she works as a canyoning guide. Miss Bliss, bottom, rock climbing overseas

Aimee Bliss, science student and canyoning guide, has been chosen as 1 of 42 female scientists from across the globe to take part in an expedition to Antarctica in January 2017.

The expedition is called Homeward Bound and is a leadership development and strategic program aiming to elevate the role of women in science as a step towards creating a more sustainable future for our planet.

Aimee is 27 years-old and in her last year of a Bachelor of Science at the University of Tasmania. She sees this trip as a once in a lifetime opportunity, and is grateful to be chosen despite her early beginnings as a scientist. “ I definitely feel privileged to be a part of this trip. Collaborating with so many highly skilled and knowledgeable women about the challenges facing our future will be life changing.”

The expedition departs from Hobart and will travel to Antarctica by boat. On the voyage the scientists will be mentored in leadership practices, discuss and brainstorm solutions to current environmental issues and plan for change upon return from the trip.

“This trip will give us the skills to communicate our science with the broader community and influence decision makers for positive sustainable change.”

Miss Bliss hopes to bring back the skills she learns from the expedition to Tasmania where she intends to encourage other women to strive for their goals and excel in their fields.

The expedition is an initiative of Dattner Grant, and is supported by a large and diverse team including a globally renowned faculty. The expedition will be filmed by Australian filmmakers ‘Bunya Productions’ for a documentary series. 

To secure her place on the program Miss Bliss is seeking support to fundraise $15,000 towards the expedition. She has set up a crowd fundraising page with more information about the expedition.

Crowd funding: http://gogetfunding.com/support-female-leadership-in-science/

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