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North pacific leg, 1, Hawaii to Vancouver

In this blog you can follow my journey, one of the 30 voyages of the
eXXpedition Round the World

Kicking the post-expedition blues with a bit of action!

Kicking the post-expedition blues with a bit of action!

I’ve been on mountaineering expeditions in the past which involve a long period of preparation and focus on the objective, and then an intense period of solitude and immersion in the experience for many weeks. After these experiences I invariably struggle with settling back into the ho-hum of every day life and feel like my compass has gone a bit haywire. This is actually a well known phenomenon post-expedition, and the ‘what next?’ question looms large.

We all have a role to play - transdisciplinarity at the heart of eXXpedition

We all have a role to play - transdisciplinarity at the heart of eXXpedition

The global plastics crisis is a prime example of a complex ‘wicked problem’ which urgently requires us to think and act in new ways at all levels (from individual, household, community levels, to the corporate level as well as nationally and globally to legislate and ensure accountability mechanisms are in place). This is essential in order to bridge the knowledge to action gap, through innovations, multisectoral partnerships and scaling effective approaches. 

Citizen science at sea – confronting, consciousness raising and a call to action

Citizen science at sea – confronting, consciousness raising and a call to action

Being a social scientist, it is not often I get the opportunity to get my hands ‘dirty’ in quite the same way as I’ve been able to as a crew member aboard eXXpedition. 

Life on board SV TravelEdge!

Life on board SV TravelEdge!

There is never a dull moment on Leg 5; our days are filled with activity, so are our nights!

Making the unseen seen - the role of Foldscope in tackling the plastics issue

Making the unseen seen - the role of Foldscope in tackling the plastics issue

I see eXXpedition as a unique opportunity to share my passion for Foldscope, an award winning origami-based microscope that is ultra affordable, portable, durable, and gives the same optical quality as a conventional microscope. I am fortunate to have collaborated with the Prakash Lab at Stanford University since 2014 and incorporated Foldscope in all my research projects since. 

 

Why sail for science when the 'solutions' lie on land?

Why sail for science when the 'solutions' lie on land?

I’m joining eXXpedition as part of my holidays, but there is a clear purpose behind participating. I want to be a part of the 'solution' (whether or not there is a 'solution' or many mitigation strategies will be a subject of an upcoming post here) both in my professional and personal life. 

Going green, going clean, going...'naked'! What's in my pack?

Going green, going clean, going...'naked'! What's in my pack?

I'm making the final preparations for eXXpedition and doing my level best to keep it both green and clean! I'm finding out quickly though that the quest to cultivate more sustainable habits isn't as straightforward as one would hope; swapping out one type of product such as plastic bags in favor of cotton can actually end up causing other negative environmental impacts, as highlighted in a report by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark.

 

The countdown to Leg 5 (Aruba to Panama via the San Blas Islands) is ON!

The countdown to Leg 5 (Aruba to Panama via the San Blas Islands) is ON!

I am so excited to be a part of this! A crew of all women are participating in a sailing eXXpedition (the two X’s refers to the double-X chromosome pairs in women) that is circumnavigating the globe.

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