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SPRI Public Lecture Series: Lent Term 2007

SPRI Public Lecture Series: Lent Term 2007

The lectures are in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER (telephone 01223 336540). They are open to all and are free except for those otherwise indicated. Seats may be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute. The Institute opens half an hour before lectures begin. Please arrive in time as for safety reasons (as well as for the benefit of the lecturer and audience) anyone arriving after the theatre is darkened may not be admitted. The Friends serve light refreshments after the lectures. The next Public Lectures are expected to be on 13 and 27 October, 10 and 24 November 2007.

Car parking in the Institute's grounds is inadequate for the number of cars used by those attending lectures. Owing to fire brigade regulations visitors are requested not to park other than in the designated spaces. There is a multi-storey car park about 400 m west of the Institute and local street parking is usually easy on Saturday evenings.


Sir Martin Holdgate: 'An Unsuspected Isle in Far-off Seas'

Saturday 27 January 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)

The Gough Island Scientific Survey, 1955-56: Fifty years ago, an expedition largely made up of Cambridge graduates and with strong links to the SPRI, spent six months on Gough Island, near Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. Uninhabited, unmapped and little-known, it proved to be a place of great beauty and scientific fascination - and a seabird breeding ground of world importance. Martin Holdgate was senior scientist and joint-leader of the expedition, and in February 2006 he and five other members saw Gough again. He will reflect on the expedition, what it discovered, and what has happened since.

Jean de Pomereu: 'Antarctica - Nature's white canvas'

Saturday 10 February 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)

'From the second voyage of Captain James Cook, through to the Antarctic residencies that are now available for contemporary artists and writers, the 'Great White South' has inspired generations of visual artists. In this lecture, Jean de Pomereu explores the extraordinary breadth and depth of Antarctic art as he traces its progression from Classicism and Romanticism to Natural Abstraction and even Conceptualism.

A graduate of SPRI, Jean also studied Art History and photography in Paris as an undergraduate. He currently represents the International Polar Foundation in the UK and has focused his own photographic work on Antarctica since 2002.'

Dr. Martina Tyrrell, SPRI 'Dreams of polar bears', or 'Becoming an (Arctic) anthropologist'

Saturday 24 February 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)

Seven years ago, through a series of serendipitous occurrences, Irish-woman, Martina Tyrrell, found herself moving to Nunavut, and eventually becoming an Arctic anthropologist. She now works with Inuit marine mammal hunters, learning about their knowledge and skills when travelling and hunting on/at sea throughout the changing seasons. In discussing Inuit knowledge of the sea, Martina will reflect on her own growth into knowledge and skill, both at sea and as an anthropologist, and how that growth has been accompanied by her ever-evolving dreams of polar bears.

Dr Michael Gilkes: '60 years on - A young doctor in S. Georgia & the Antarctic

Saturday 10th March 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)

Michael Gilkes relates his experiences from 1946-7 whilst carrying out the role of station medical officer on South Georgia and between 1947 and 1949 when he was ship's surgeon aboard the 'Southern Harvester'. Illustrated with contemporary photographs of people and places, Michael has paid numerous visits to Antarctica between 1986 - 2006, and is one of the few remaining 'Founder' members of the Friends of SPRI.

Please note that the previously-advertised lecture by Bill Block has been deferred until the autumn.

Geoffrey Somers MBE : 'An Evening with Geoff Somers'

Saturday 24 March 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30) - tickets required

Geoff is a seasoned global traveller having visited both poles half a dozen times each, crossed deserts, navigated the oceans and had all sorts of adventures which he shares with his audience in a humorous and most entertaining manner (see separate notices).