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We have had some interesting lectures in 2018 and have exciting plans for the future.

John Ash

Friends Lecture

Exploring Arctic Frontiers in a Changed Climate

SPRI Lecture Theatre

Lt Cdr John Ash PhD Royal Navy (ret.)

Wednesday 29th May 2019 6:00pm (doors open 5:30)

This lecture addresses the question: "What is the purpose of Arctic exploration in the 21stCentury?" It examines the nature of exploration and why people explore, before considering climate change in the Arctic, its consequences, and the role of exploration in addressing climate driven phenomena. The term 'exploration' conjures images of expeditions travelling to uncharted territories in heroic ventures of geographic conquest. The motivation behind exploration has long been a matter of debate, and modern science has subjected the psychology of expedition members to increasingly penetrating scrutiny. However, the Anthropocene Era brings not only a changing, and therefore new Arctic environment to explore; but a series of consequences for which exploration becomes not merely a matter of territorial acquisition or academic interest, but a means of mitigating existential risks to humanity.

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Summer Buffet Lunch and Talks

29th June 2019


More details to follow

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AGM and lecture

9th November 2019

SPRI Lecture Theatre

More details to follow.

Ross sea valleys

Ross Sea Centenary Voyage

16th February -18th March 2020

A special Antarctic sea cruise to the Ross Sea organised by Friends of SPRI in conjunction with Steppes Travel.

More information.

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Canadian Northwest Passage

24th August - 5th September 2021

‚ÄčThis voyage will explore the remote Northwest passage following the paths of legendary early Arctic explorers.

A special Friends' trip in conjunction with Steppes Travel.

Friends' Lecture Series

The Friends' Lectures take place regularly throughout the year and are open to all.

Previous events

Get a taste of the previous events organised by the Friends.

More events at SPRI

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Polar Museum events

The Polar Museum holds an exciting series of events throughout the year.

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Social sciences seminars

Humanities and social sciences seminars from world-leading researchers.

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Polar Museum exhibitions

The Polar Museum has a rolling series of exhibitions, open to all.

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Physical sciences seminars

Physical sciences seminars from world-leading researchers from SPRI and beyond.

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