Welcome to our 2020 Children's lectures. We hope you enjoy the talks and activities, wherever you are joining us from. The talks will be available to watch shortly afterwards on our Geographical Talks page too.
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Into the White - Scott's Antarctic Odyssey
by Joanna Grochowicz
First up, we’re off to Antarctica. 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica. Joanna is going to take us on a historic journey to Antarctica. Following the journey that Robert Falcon Scott took on the Terra Nova expedition which the Society supported.
Swimming with giants! Basking sharks and the wonders of our seas
by Dr Isla Hodgson
On our journey we’ll meet some of our most iconic wildlife: gigantic seabird colonies, curious seals, super-pods of dolphins, 30-tonne whales, and anemones that look like they come from outer space. And, of course, we’ll get up close and personal with the second largest species of shark in the world, with a life shrouded in mystery…
Living and working in Antarctica
by Dr Kate Winter
Kate is a researcher at Northumbria University and has spent some time conducting research at the Princess Elizabeth Research Station in Antarctica. Kate uses radar to peer beneath the surface of Antarctica. She is passionate about outreach and engagement and is an advocate of zero-emission living - even at the poles.
Stop the plastic tide
by Catherine Gemmell
Catherine is the Scotland Conservation Officer for the Marine Conservation Society and we join her on a beach clean to learn about marine litter, become an Ocean Optimist and what we can all do to help save the sea no matter where we live.
Weddell Sea Expedition activities
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Bringing together world-leading experts in polar and marine exploration in a mission to solve unanswered questions about one of the most remote and least-studied wilderness areas on our planet.
Investigated the ice shelves around the Weddell Sea and, in particular, the Larsen C Ice Shelf from which a giant iceberg broke off in July 2017.
Documented the rich and little-studied marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem.
Attempted to locate and survey the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, which was trapped and crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915. Conditions in the Weddell Sea sadly prevented the team from reaching Endurance in 2019.
The Society worked with the 2019 expedition to provide educational resources to inspire young people about science, engineering and technology, as well as the protection of Antarctica. This work and the accompanying 2019 expedition resources ensure that the research and findings are shared as widely as possible to students and schools around the world.