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What happens when you send 76 women to Antarctica?

Welcome to 2017! This year, Curtin University is celebrating 50 years of innovation. As part of this significant milestone, the Alumni and Community Relations team will be hosting numerous exciting activities and events showcasing our innovative alumni from across the decades.

Among these is a special Alumni Innovator Series, and we are delighted to invite you to the very first event: What happens when you send 76 women to Antarctica?

Built environment researcher and Curtin alumna Dr Samantha Hall, of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, and Dr Amanda Davies, senior research fellow in Geography of Curtin's School of Built Environment, recently returned home from the inaugural Homeward Bound women-in-science leadership expedition - the biggest-ever female expedition to Antarctica.

Join Dr Hall and Dr Davies as they share their experiences and pictures of this unique and ground-breaking leadership initiative, and discuss strategies for supporting improved gender equity in the sciences.

More information about the Homeward Bound project can be found here.

Event details

DATE Wednesday 15 February 2017

5.30pm - 7.30pm (6pm start)


Tim Winton Lecture Theatre
Building 213, Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley WA


$15 – Alumni and Curtin staff (25% discount)
$20 – Guests

(includes refreshments)


By Wednesday 8 February 2017


Register now

About the speakers

Dr Samantha Hall


Samantha Hall is an advocate for sustainable buildings and cities. Starting out in business with a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin in 2002, she returned to Bentley Campus in 2009 to undertake a Master of Science in Sustainability Management after travelling and working overseas. She was frustrated at the lack of practical pathways for climate change mitigation. She is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UNSW and Curtin University researching evidence based decision making for sustainable buildings. She has also created the startup Rate My Space, a tool for commercial office buildings. Samantha has an entrepreneurial spirit and is passionate about linking research and practice. Active in the start-up community, she aims to enable more women to take their ideas and research to positive action.

Dr Amanda Davies

Amanda Davies

Amanda Davies is a Senior Research Fellow in Geography in Curtin’s School of Built Environment. She researches population demographics and migration, leadership and community development and planning issues. Amanda is an applied researcher and focuses on generating policy relevant outcomes from her work. She has partnered with industry and government to complete studies on issues related to regional and rural change, city growth, community adaptation, leadership and socio-economic viability. She is currently involved in research examining the role of leadership, volunteering and social innovation in promoting sustainable adaptation in societies.


Not able to attend?

If you are unable to attend but you are still interested in getting news from fellow alumni, please contact the Alumni Relations team. We will keep you informed about the exciting range of activities we hold throughout the year.