Antarctica In Sight: Live!

A new series of online talks bringing together explorers, scientists, artists and historians with a unique understanding of the icy continent. Antarctica In Sight: Live! will delve into the lesser known stories from Antarctica's past, discuss the major technological innovations of the present, and look ahead to the continent’s role in the future of our planet.

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Designing for Extremes 9 May 2022

Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest and highest continent. Its surrounding Southern Ocean is renowned for record-breaking waves, unchecked winds and perilous sea ice. Living and working at the bottom of the world requires specialist, high-performance ships, clothing, equipment and accommodation designed to need minimal maintenance, have a reduced environmental footprint and maintain safety, health and wellbeing in extreme conditions.

Our speakers will share how designs have changed over time, and what that tells us about human adaption to the most challenging climate on earth. We’ll hear from Hugh Broughton, a leading designer of research facilities in the polar regions, Naomi Chapman, learning and public engagement coordinator at the Scott Polar Research Institute's Polar Museum and Kim Turford, education and community outreach officer with Dundee Heritage Trust.

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Antarctica and The Climate Crisis 25 April 2022

Doomsday glaciers, shrinking sea ice, record high temperatures and dwindling wildlife – Antarctica is hitting the headlines. But what can the continent’s research tell us about the future of our planet?

We’ll hear from Dr Alison Banwell, working on ice-shelf stability at the University of Colorado Boulder, Dr Adrian Howkins, polar environmental historian from the University of Bristol and Dr Robert Larter, deputy science leader of palaeoenvironments at the British Antarctic Survey. The evening will be hosted by Sumit Paul-Choudhury, writer, consultant and former editor-in-chief of the New Scientist.

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Untold Stories of Antarctica 8 March 2022

To mark International Women's Day, Antarctic experts will share extraordinary untold stories from the icy continent’s past.

We’ll be joined by Morgan Seag, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, to tell us the story of women's integration into Antarctic field science in the mid-twentieth century. While Amelia Urry, also a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, will share stories of the women behind Antarctic mapping in the 1950s.

Shining a light on the tales of women, they will offer new perspectives on the history of human endeavour in the region, and ask why their narratives and achievements have been largely overlooked until now.

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The Future of the Antarctic Treaty 31 January 2022

Following the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty being adopted into law, Professor Klaus Dodds will look at the treaty as a model for global governance and cooperation, on the earth as well as in space. And, as the time nears to renegotiate, he will ask what the future of the treaty might look like in an increasingly divided world. Chaired by Sumit Paul-Choudhury.

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21st Century Heroism 5th January 2022

On the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s death, modern-day explorers will look back at the “heroic” era of exploration, asking what it took back then, what heroism looks like now and what lessons we can learn 100 years on. With record-breaking polar explorer Ben Saunders and Henrietta Hammant, researcher in anthropology of heritage at the University of Reading.

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The Secret Life of Penguins 6th December 2021

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Antarctic penguins - from an A-Z of the species, a run down of their family units and the extraordinary ways they communicate, to what studying penguins can tell us about the climate crisis. Speakers include: Ruth Peacey, wildlife filmmaker and Michael Dunn, seabird ecologist with the British Antarctic Survey.

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Following the event date, each talk will be available to watch with captions on this webpage. If you require any additional assistance in attending or accessing the talks, please get in touch at info@ukaht.org and we will do everything we can to accommodate. 

Antarctica In Sight: Live! is made possible through support from Viking.

 

Want to hear more? Listen to our podcast!

Our podcast 'A Voyage To Antarctica' delves further into the extraordinary human stories of the wildest, windiest place on our planet. Hear from explorers, scientists and writers who’ve built their lives around this incredible continent, uncover untold histories, and gain insight into the cutting-edge research happening here, on the front-line in the fight against climate change. All from the people who’ve been there and make it happen. 

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Want to hear more? Listen to our podcast!

Our podcast 'A Voyage To Antarctica' delves further into the extraordinary human stories of the wildest, windiest place on our planet. Hear from explorers, scientists and writers who’ve built their lives around this incredible continent, uncover untold histories, and gain insight into the cutting-edge research happening here, on the front-line in the fight against climate change. All from the people who’ve been there and make it happen. 

Listen now