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Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute lecture series

Lectures on Polar matters.

Lectures are usually held in the lecture theatre at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Lectures are free to members, non-members are very welcome and will be charged £5 to attend.

There is no need to pre-book tickets, unless stated so in the lecture description.

For details of how to join the Friends please see the link to the left (under Friends of SPRI).

Refreshments are available for purchase at a small charge.

Please check details below, some lectures may be at different times, locations or be charged at a different rate.

View the archive of previous seminars.

# Saturday 10th October 2015, 7.30pm - Bob Headland
'The Non-Existent Islands of the Antarctic'.
Venue: SPRI Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road

The nineteen peri-Antarctic islands of the Southern Ocean and southern extents of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, are relatively well known but, another nineteen islands have also appeared on charts. These are all non-existent, although some have shown remarkable cartographic persistence.

This lecture will describe these islands, endeavour to account for their ‘discovery’ and subsequent fate (‘expunged from the chart’).

Non-existent islands have appeared in all oceans of the Earth – but the far south has a greater preponderance than elsewhere. Illustrations will be provided as far as is practicable.

# Saturday 24th October 2015, 7.30pm - Dr Gareth Rees
‘What colour is Signy Island?’
Venue: SPRI Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road

SPRIS very own Dr Gareth Rees spent two months on Signy Island in the Antarctic in 2014-15, measuring the colour of penguins and their guano. He will explain how and why, and what it had to do with climate change.