Extreme Antarctica: Science, Engineering and Construction

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British Antarctic Survey is delighted to be hosting a series of online events and premiering on-demand videos for the Cambridge Festival 2021 between 26 March – 4 April 2021. There is something for all the family to enjoy!

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Extreme Antarctica: Science, Engineering and Construction

Antarctica is geographically remote and far away but what happens there affects us all. Join British Antarctic Survey scientists and operational staff for a series of exciting talks to learn how our research can help predict how the polar regions may respond to future climate change.


Talks will cover research on climate change, sea-level rise, biodiversity and will include a look at the construction of the UK’s new polar ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough– one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world. Discover how our scientists are unravelling the secrets of the past to predict the future.

And get up close and personal to our new polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough – learn about its science capabilities including a moon pool which will allow researchers to study the ocean like never before.

Friday 26 March, 11:00am GMT

Extreme Antarctica: What happens in Antarctica affects us all

Live talk and Q&A with Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director of British Antarctic Survey.

Thank you to everyone for coming! You can watch the talk again here:

Saturday 27 March

New Youtube playlist for kids, exploring science and living and working in Antarctica.

Including an introduction to Antarctica’s animals with Dr Huw Griffiths, exploring the mighty Thwaites Glacier with Dr Kelly Hogan and learning about emperor penguins with Dr Peter Fretwell.

Explore the full playlist ‘Antarctica talks for kids!


Monday 29 March

RRS Sir David Attenborough: A new polar ship for Britain

A premier of Captain Will Whatley, Polar Master’s talk about the RRS Sir David Attenborough‘s construction, and how to pursue a career as a polar captain.


Wednesday 31 March

RRS Sir David Attenborough video premiers! 

Four new videos exploring the build, the science and the people of new polar ship RRS Sir David Attenborough. See the full playlist here.

Wednesday 31 March (2:00pm BST)

The ‘Climate Scientists’ podcast: live recording with Q&A

Join co-hosts Dan Jones and Ella Gilbert for a live recording of the Climate Scientists podcast.

In this webinar, we will be joined by Tom Andersson and Kelly Hogan, two BAS scientists pushing the frontiers of what can be done in two crucial areas of scientific growth – artificial intelligence and observational oceanography. Tom Andersson works in the BAS Artificial Intelligence lab and has developed a new forecasting system for Arctic sea ice. Kelly Hogan has big plans for the new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Come join us for a casual conversation about the future of polar science.


Thursday 1 April 

Extreme Engineering: Careers in STEM can take you everywhere…including Antarctica

Watch this unique event with staff working on constructing a new science building at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station in Antarctica and hear from the team direct on the ground.

The construction team in Antarctica and the wider team from the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme, will be talking about their careers in engineering, from project management, digital construction to surveying. They’ll also be discussing what’s it like to work in Antarctica, the extreme temperatures, environment and the stunning wildlife.

This event was recorded for British Science Week and includes a question and answer session with school students.

Sunday 4 April

Make your own bouncy ‘sea urchin’ eggs!


An eggs-cellent activity for you to try at home! Nick Barret shows the impact of ocean acidification on sea urchins by teaching us how to make bouncy eggs.

Click here to watch! 



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