15 November 2023
5.00pm - 6.00pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
An opportunity for A Level students to attend one of the Society's prestigious lectures.
In March 2022, Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was discovered at the bottom of the Weddell Sea by the Endurance22 expedition. The ship had not been seen since it was crushed by ice and sank in 1915, forcing Shackleton and his men to make an astonishing escape, spending months in makeshift camps on the ice floes drifting northwards until they reached the inhospitable and uninhabited Elephant Island.
The Endurance22 expedition brought together world-leading marine archaeologists, engineers, technicians, and sea-ice scientists on South African icebreaker SA Agulhas II, one of the largest and most modern polar research vessels in the world. Organised and funded by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust (FMHT), the team navigated its way through the heavy sea ice, freezing temperatures and harsh weather, in a quest to be the first to successfully locate Endurance.
Our speaker, Professor John Shears, is the Endurance22 Expedition Leader. School Members are invited to come along to this lecture and hear first hand from John about the expedition and the excitement of finally locating Shackleton’s lost ship.
This event is being held exclusively for the Society’s School Members and Student Members only. Booking is only available via Claire Brown – please email providing details of your school name and the number of students/teachers attending and Claire will confirm your booking.
Teachers are able to attend without students, and students are able to attend without teachers if they are 16 and over and have the relevant permissions from guardians. Teachers from all School Member schools, including primary schools, are welcome to attend. There is no limit on the number of tickets a school can book. Please be aware that due to the nature of the copyrighted material that will be shown during this lecture, we will not be recording or live streaming this lecture.
Professor John Shears - Endurance22 Expedition Leader
Professor John Shears is a veteran polar geographer and expedition leader. John has a first class degree and PhD in Geography from the University of Southampton. After successfully completing his academic studies, John began his career in polar research and exploration in 1990. He has over 30 years of experience working in both Antarctica and the Arctic, first with the British Antarctic Survey, then the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, and now running his own polar consultancy business, Shears Polar Limited.
In recent years, John’s polar expeditions have focused on the search for Shackleton’s ship Endurance in Antarctica. In 2019, he was the expedition leader for the Weddell Sea Expedition. Then in 2022 he was the expedition leader of Endurance22, which made the historic discovery of Endurance on 5 March 2022 at a depth of 3,000m under the ice.
John is a long-standing Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a former Vice-President of the Society, and he is a Chartered Geographer. He continues to work with the Society on a wide range of polar, educational and climate change projects. John was awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty the Queen in 2019 in recognition of his “outstanding achievement and service to the United Kingdom in the field of polar research”. In 2023, John became Visiting Professor in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton.
This event is recognised by the Society as being suitable professional development for Chartered Geographer and may also be suitable for other professional accreditations.
Featured image: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust / National Geographic
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