Explore 2020 will be a virtual evening event on Saturday 14 November 2020.
The focus will be on small projects with a research component, but anyone planning expeditions or fieldwork is welcome to join this shortened online event of talks and discussion to inspire and inform your own projects to enhance our understanding of the planet and its people.
If you don’t yet have a firm idea don’t worry. Explore brings together a range of expedition professionals, scientists and travellers, with experience all over the world, to help you get the most out of your project and learn from others recently returned from the field.
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The Explore weekend will resume as normal in November 2021.
This year's speakers:
Paul Rose (Chair) is a man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced science expedition leaders. Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet. Former Vice President for Expedition & fieldwork at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Paul is currently expedition leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.
Arzucan Askin is a geographer and conservationist currently studying at the University of Oxford. Her research expeditions have taken her to to remote parts of the world both on land and at sea. Before joining the World Bank’s West Africa Coastal Area Program, she led a research project in Cuba, investigating the island’s political ecology at the intersection of gender and climate change. She is the 2021 OWUSS European Rolex Scholar.
Anya Gleizer is a DPhil student in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She is researching creative methods in Geography and the changing relationships between indigenous Siberian tribes and extractive industry infrastructure on native land, focusing on the Yenisei river watershed in Evenkia, Central Siberia. Gleizer's background is in fine art and she engages collaborative performance and interactive new technologies (VR, AR) in her research methodologies.
Muki Hakley is the Professor of Geographic Information Science in the Department of Geography, University College London. He is also the co-director of the UCL Extreme Citizen Science group, dedicated to allowing any community, regardless of their literacy, to use scientific methods and tools to collect, analyse, interpret and use information about their area and activities.
Indah Sartika Sari is the Biodiversity Coordinator at Yayasan Planet Indonesia based in Pontianak, Borneo. Indah specialises in field research and conservation relating to Bornean avian vocalisations, hornbill biology and herpetology. Indah also serves as project coordinator for the International field course with Tanjungpura University (Indonesia) and University of Exeter (England). The program focuses on Bornean rainforest biodiversity and community empowerment in rural areas. Previously, she worked on community-based conservation issues in coastal areas with a focus on replanting degraded areas in West Kalimantan.
Liam Taylor is a third-year PhD student at the University of Leeds, researching new technologies for observing and monitoring mountain glaciers. Liam works in the Cordillera Vilcanota, Peru, using low-cost sensors from Raspberry Pis and newly launched satellites, to better understand the melting ice and the impact it will have on rural communities of Peru. His fieldwork in developing a hazard warning system for outburst flood events is supported by the Royal Geographic Society (with IBG) Geographical Club Award.
What Explore is about
Expedition leader Paul Rose discusses what Explore events were like in the past years: