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SPRI Review 2011: Projecting the Significance of the Polar Regions

Projecting the Significance of the Polar Regions

Institute staff continue to be involved in the outward projection of polar research and education through, for example, media work, public lectures and visits by schools to our polar museum. A number of our staff made appearances on radio and television, including BBC and ITV news programmes. The amount of filming taking place in the Institute has increased markedly this year, related to strong media interest in the Terra Nova Centenary.

Views and quotations on polar topics, many of which include an emphasis on polar environmental change issues, have also appeared in broadsheet newspapers at home and abroad, and on the increasingly visited websites of media organisations.

Notable coverage for several of our glaciologists was related to the debate on the ice extent in Greenland linked to the publication of the new edition of the Times Atlas of the World. Several staff have given external talks at primary and secondary schools, in addition to academic seminars at British and foreign universities. Our regular series of Saturday evening Public Lectures, organized by Celene Pickard on behalf of the Friends of SPRI, also attracts audiences of up to 100. These external activities are time consuming, but are important in ensuring that the work of the Institute, in terms of both its scholarship and heritage activities, are projected as widely as possible.

Julian Dowdeswell