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Public Lectures - Lent term 2000

Public Lectures - Lent term 2000

With the exception of 'The worst journey in the world', all events are at 8.00 p.m. in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road. They are open to all who are interested, and seats will be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute. Tickets for 'The worst journey ...' are available from the Institute Office, 01223-336540.

From Greenland's icy oceans – the threat of climate cooling

Saturday, 29 January

Peter Wadhams, Reader in Polar Studies, Scott Polar Research Institute

Wintertime convection in the Greenland Sea is diminishing due to global warming and ice retreat. There are fears that this may lead to cooling of the climate of Britain and NW Europe. The speaker has carried out several mid-winter expeditions to the Greenland Sea and reports on the latest results.

In the shadow of the volcanoes: Kamchatka, World Heritage and local communities

Saturday, 12 February

Emma Wilson, Scott Polar Research Institute

In 1998, the speaker led a Cambridge University expedition to assess land use in Bystrinsky Nature Park, a World Heritage site under threat from gold mining. Working with the Kamchatka Institute of Ecology and local communities, she describes the conflicting perspectives of developers, environmentalists and local inhabitants.

Tourists in Antarctica – a growing concern

Saturday, 26 February

Bernard Stonehouse, Scott Polar Research Institute

Leader of the Institute's ten-year investigation of ship-borne tourism, 'Project Antarctica Conservation', the speaker reports on the growth, impact and management of an industry which, whilst enabling more people than ever before to enjoy the beauties of Antarctica, has aroused environmental and safety concerns.

Antarctica in the 'Heroic Age'

Saturday, 11 March

16:00 The Worst Journey in the World: a play for one voice

by John Gardner, based on Apsley Cherry-Garrard's classic account of Scott's Last Expedition

Performed by Chris Crooks, this Royal Shakespeare Company fringe production was a 'sell-out' when last given at the Institute in April1994.

(Admission by ticket only: £5.00)

20.00 Unsung hero: Tom Crean of the Antarctic

Michael Smith Crean played a prominent role in both Scott expeditions, being awarded the Albert Medal for his part in saving the life of Lt. Teddy Evans. On Shackleton's Endurance expedition, he was one of six sailing from Elephant Island to South Georgia and one of three crossing the Allardyce Range. Tonight's speaker is author of the first biography devoted to this great man.