An Unconference is a type of gathering that is designed to enable rapid exchange of information and ideas, provide a space for conversations that matter and foster the development of collaborative relationships. And with this in mind, 180 participants gathered over the weekend of November 7th and 8th to talk about climate change, women in leadership, women in STEM and how to look after themselves, those around them and the planet.


Participants come from a variety of scientific fields, but they all have one thing in common … they are all women who have all travelled to Antartica with the leadership program called Homeward Bound. This program is a ground-breaking, global leadership initiative, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. The program aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet. This Unconference is just one of many collaboratives that have been taking place between the women since the first journey in 2016 (of which I was proudly a part of).




To help make the Unconference as sustainable as possible, Fifteen Trees has organised the planting of 180 trees – one for every participant at the weekend event. The trees were planted at Blind Creek Billabong at Ferntree Gully, VIC. The Reserve is part of a very important wildlife corridor which extends from Mount Dandenong through to Dandenong Creek. Birds, (large and small including Barn owls), Little Forest bats, frogs, lizards, beetles, butterflies, skippers, other insects and more all depend on the Creek Reserve and the adjoining Bushland. We are delighted to be a small part of the restoration of this important bio-link.


The native plants (180) were planted at Blind Creek Billabong by 2 groups, the Knox Environmental Society (KES) and some graduates of Environmental Science and Zoology from Monash University. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions, the Friends of Blind Creek Billabong Group were unable to assist, but they were very grateful to the 2 groups who could go out to plant on their behalf.


On behalf of the Friends of Blind Creek Billabong and Knox City Council thank you Fifteen Trees. These plants (a mixture of trees and shrubs) will enhance the biodiversity of local creek as well as help stabilise the creek bed.

Dru Taylor | Bushland Officer | Knox City Council



Wishing the organisers of this year’s Unconference all the success in the world. I’m so appreciative to be part of the amazing women who make up Homeward Bound Alumnae.


Colleen Filippa | Founder & Founder | Fifteen Trees