From Scott and Shackleton to today’s scientific researchers Antarctica is the last great adventure in the world – the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent on earth. Join us for a programme of captivating lectures and learn more about this fascinating and extraordinary land a third bigger than Europe.
Going to Extremes
Wednesday 24th January 7.00pm £15
Ever wondered what it is like to walk to the South Pole?
In November 2015 Julian Thomas, newly appointed as Master at Wellington College, and with a passion for outdoor trekking and climbing, walked from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. He set off in late November and reached the South Pole on 9th January 2015 (at the same time of the year but somewhat quicker than Captain Scott’s team). His talk will explore how the Antarctic takes you to extremes in so many ways, not just in terms of temperature.
Halley – Moving House again ?
Thursday 15th February 7.00pm £15
Simon Garrod, Head of Operations at the British Antarctic Survey, was awarded the Queen’s Polar medal for service in the Antarctic and Arctic in 2012. He will be talking about the Halley Research Station, with an overview of the challenges, solutions and future directions of Antarctic operations. Garrod has been working in the Antarctic and the Arctic for nearly 25 years. He has been field guide, station leader, traverse leader and field operations manager and was the initial project manager for the Halley relocation project.
We are the albatrosses around their necks
Human impacts threaten albatrosses on a global scale
Thursday 22nd March 7.00pm £15
Professor Richard Phillips is the leader of the Higher Predators and Conservation group at British Antarctic Survey, and works on the population, physiological and evolutionary ecology of seabirds, particularly albatrosses and petrels. He is also involved with the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) and Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), trying to develop strategies for improving seabird conservation in the Southern Ocean. His talk will be on the application of population, tracking and other monitoring data to understand and address threats to albatrosses, including from fisheries, invasive species and plastics.