Vancouver Scientist Chosen for Expedition to Antartica

Sylvia Struck, PhD, who manages the drinking water program for the First Nations Health Authority, will join the all-female group of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) specialists to address climate change on the icy continent.

“We will be learning about climate change firsthand and speaking with researchers,” Struck said.

Struck was chosen by international organization Homeward Bound, which aims to develop female leadership on scientific and environmental issues.

“Antarctica is a very important region, where we’re seeing changes in the environment at a rapid rate,” said Struck.

As the group prepares for the trip over the next year, it will be connecting with each other through video chats and phone calls.

During the 22-day journey to various areas of Antarctica, participants will have additional training aimed at developing their communication and advocacy skills.

Struck says the group will perform most if its work from the vessel itself under the watchful eye of the researchers and academics training them, as well as sharing knowledge from their own fields of expertise. They will also be able to venture out onto the continent for brief periods.

Struck will be part of the second group to go to  Antarctica — the 2016 team of 76 women was the largest ever female-only expedition to the continent. Over the next decade, Homeward Bound aims to send a total of 1,000 women on this journey.

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