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Cambridge Science Festival: Antarctica Uncovered

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As part of this year’s Cambridge Science Festival, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is opening its doors to the public, giving a unique view of the world-leading science and operations undertaken in the Polar Regions. Join us in our brand new ‘Aurora’ Innovation Centre to uncover what BAS is doing in the Polar Regions and how what we’re learning affects us all.

On our penguin trail you’ll see giant fossils that reveal how Antarctica was once a lush tropical rainforest that roamed with dinosaurs. You’ll get close to the incredible creatures that live in the frozen oceans and find out how they are adapting to a changing evironment. You can also discover how BAS started and  have the opportunity to chat to our staff who work at the ends of the Earth.

As part of the showcase we are celebrating the New Polar Ship for Britain, The RRS Sir David Attenborough, which is commissioned by NERC, built by Cammell Laird to a Rolls-Royce design and operated by British Antarctic Survey. Enjoy the chance to see up close a detailed model of this brand new facility which will transform how ship-borne science is conducted in the Polar Region and will be launched in autumn 2018.

Visitors can also meet two artists – working with textiles and glass – who have created unique artworks based on BAS science to convey our work through the medium of art.

This event is aimed at a family audience, it’s drop in. Any children dressed as Antarctic animals get a special prize!

Open between 11am and 3pm. This is a FREE event.

If you are travelling by car please park at the Madingley Park and Ride.

Step-free access available.

You might also be interested in the other FREE events British Antarctic Survey are involved with at the Cambridge Science Festival – details can be found here:

Evening Talk: ‘Going to the Ends of the Earth as a Woman in Science

Evening Talk: ‘Sensing the climate: how do we measure our changing planet?’

Evening Talk: ‘Remote Sensing in Antarctica

‘Polar Family Day’ at the Polar Museum

Sounds of Space’ at Anglia Ruskin University