Two AAO Women selected for Antarctic Voyage

AAO’s Katrina Sealey (left) and Tayyaba Zafar (right), 2 of the 80 recipients for the third cohort of Homeward Bound initiative. Credit: AAO.

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AAO’s Dr Katrina Sealey and Dr Tayyaba Zafar are among the 80 women chosen for the third cohort of Homeward Bound. This includes a year-long program for developing their leadership and strategic capabilities culminating with a voyage to Antarctica.

Australian Astronomical Observatory’s Dr Katrina Sealey and Dr Tayyaba Zafar are among the 80 women chosen for the third cohort of Homeward Bound initiative.

The Homeward Bound initiative is a 10-year program to provide leadership, strategic and science initiatives for 1000 women. Now in its third year, the project aims to promote women in science to influence policy and decision making to shape our planet.

Both Dr Sealey and Dr Zafar will experience a year-long program for developing their leadership and strategic capabilities. This leadership program will conclude with a 20-day voyage to Antarctica in December 2018.

Dr Sealey is currently leading the Data Science and Information Technology teams at the AAO combining her two passions: Astronomy and enabling others to reach their potential. She mentors women in STEM areas as well as being strongly involved with science outreach and teaching astronomy courses when she can.

"I'm looking forward to the experience and to expand my knowledge, learning from a cohort of amazing women, gaining confidence and strengthening my voice", Dr Sealey says.

Dr Zafar is an AAO Research Astronomer and the Instrument Scientist for one of the most frequently used instruments at the Anglo-Australian Telescope, called 2dF/AAOmega. She shares her excitement about participating in the Homeward Bound initiative.

“The Homeward Bound initiative is a project combining science, especially in the light of women in leadership, with the enthusiasm of reaching out and being heard. It is past time to train women to influence policy making to re-shape and improve the world”, says Dr Zafar.

"I am looking forward to learning from the experiences of #TeamHB19 and use that to drive change, and of course to travel to Antarctica and see the glaciers."

Previous recipients of the Homeward Bound project included former AAO Astronomer Dr Sarah Brough in 2016.

The AAO is a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

More information:

The Homeward Bound initiative: http://homewardboundprojects.com.au

AAO News: Sarah Brough Selected for Antarctic Expedition, 15 Jan 2016: https://www.aao.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/sarah-brough-antarctic-expedition

Science Contacts:

- Prof Andrew Hopkins

Head of Science and Outreach

Australian Astronomical Observatory

M: +61 432 855 049 E: andrew.hopkins@aao.gov.au

- Dr Tayyaba Zafar

AAO Research Astronomer

Australian Astronomical Observatory

M: +61 2 9372 4809 E: tayyaba.zafar@aao.gov.au

- Dr Katrina Sealey

AAO Head Information and Data Central

Australian Astronomical Observatory

M: +61 412 650 892 E: katrina.sealey@aao.gov.au

Media contact:

- Dr Ángel López-Sánchez

Research Astronomer and Science Communication Officer

Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University

M: +61 406 265 917 E: angel.lopez-sanchez@aao.gov.au

Images:

AAO’s Katrina Sealey (left) and Tayyaba Zafar (right), 2 of the 80 recipients for the third cohort of Homeward Bound initiative. Credit: AAO.

Caption: AAO’s Katrina Sealey (left) and Tayyaba Zafar (right), 2 of the 80 recipients for the third cohort of Homeward Bound initiative. 

Credit: AAO.

This image is available at: https://www.aao.gov.au/files/press/2018-02-13-katrina-sealey-and-tayyaba-zafar.jpg

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