The Oates Antarctic Lecture series is an opportunity to both learn about the history of Antarctic exploration and also stay up to date with the current research conducted on the icy continent. Held at the old home of naturalist Gilbert White in Selborne, there will be three lectures held throughout 2018.
Going to Extremes Wednesday 24th January 7.00pm £15 Book Online
The first lecture is held in January and presented by Julian Thomas. In 2015 Thomas trekked around the coast of Antarctica to reach the South Pole. His talk delves into the many extremes that can be experienced in Antarctica, from the freezing temperatures to the mental and physical challenges he faced.
Construction started on the Halley Research Station in Antarctica in 1956. That was Halley I and the current station is Halley VI. The harsh conditions on Antarctica have meant that previous stations have had to be abandoned or demolished after being engulfed by snow or being deemed unsuitable. Simon Garrod, Head of Operations at the British Antarctic Survey, has been working in the Antarctic for over 25 years and he will be sharing some of the challenges that have been faced by the team, solutions they have created, and will look ahead to the future research and operations in Antarctica.
We are the Albatrosses Around Their Necks: Human Impacts Threaten Albatrosses on a Global Scale Thursday 22nd March 7.00pm £15 Book Online
The final lecture will be led by Professor Richard Phillips, the leader of the Higher Predators and Conservation group at British Antarctic Survey. His research focusses on seabirds, with a focus on albatrosses and petrels. His talk explores how monitoring seabird populations and movements can help us understand the threats to their population and discover ways to minimise human impact on this species.