Calendar of events

  • Dr Pennie Lindeque, DIAPOD
  • Dr Pennie Lindeque, DIAPOD
  • Dr Pennie Lindeque, DIAPOD

Confirmed public events are listed here chronologically. They include exhibitions at Museums, public talks and events aimed at students and school pupils.


November 2018

London – Talk about the Changing Arctic Ocean

Thursday 29 October 2018, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

Dr Jo Hopkins (ARISE and PEANUTS projects) is giving a talk about the “Changing Arctic Ocean” in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London.

Bremen – Museum exhibition and Q&A session

Sunday 4 November 2018, Übersee Museum, Bremen, Germany

Dr Sandra Tippenhauer (PEANUTS project) is the visiting scientist to the Übersee Museum in Bremen on the occasion of the exhibition “Antarctica: Begegnung mit Forschern des Alfred-Wegener-Instituts”. Sandra will answer questions from visitors to the museum about the polar science she does as part of her job at the Alfred Wegener Institute. More details here.

October 2018

London – Photography Exhibition “The Arctic: On Our Watch”

Monday 22 to Friday 26 October 2018, International Maritime Organization, London, UK

On the occasion of the 73rd meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a photography exhibition  is being organised by the Clean Arctic Alliance held at the International Maritime Organization in London.

The images in the exhibition were put forward by both amateur and professional photographers to show that this seemingly remote and inaccessible region is home to uniquely adapted communities and iconic wildlife. They also reflect the Arctic as it is today and how it is changing, and how important it is to the work at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and decisions that the delegates to the 73rd meeting of the MERP will make.

Amongst the images accepted for display in the exhibition were three from CAO investigators: Sarah Reed (DIAPOD), Emma Burns (ARISE), and Johan Faust (ChAOS).

More information here.

Leeds – Public lecture

Friday 19 October 2018, Howard Assembly Room, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU

Dr Christian März, lead investigator of the ChAOS project, is giving a public lecture on “Unfrozen: reports from the ice”, describing his Arctic research and field work in the Barents Sea. Colleague Dr Jenine McCutcheon will be talking alongside Christian about her research on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The event will also have a live link up with the British Antarctic Survey research station in Antarctica.

The short talks are are aimed at a general audience and will include a chance to ask questions. We will wrap up in under an hour. You may bring your lunch in with you for this event.

Full details and free ticket information here.

Bremerhaven – Museum exhibition

Wednesday 10 October 2018, Deutsches Schifffahrts Museum, Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1, Bremerhaven, Germany

Dr Sandra Tippenhauer (PEANUTS project) is participating in the 150th celebration of the return of the first German North Polar Expedition. On 10 October 1868, the polar research vessel GRÖNLAND arrived in Bremerhaven and was received with a jubilant welcome.

To celebrate this 150th anniversary, the Deutsches Schifffahrts Museum in Bremerhaven has put together a colourful family programme. Sandra is participating in her role as a polar scientist, and will talk about her experiences of living and working on a polar research vessel.

More information here.

July 2018

Shropshire – School talk

Wednesday 25 July, Concord College, Shropshire

Dr Kate Hendry takes part as a world-class subject specialist in the “University Preparation (Natural Sciences)” summer school at Concord College in Shropshire. This course is designed to support students in their applications to top universities in the UK or elsewhere.

Details about the programme on the Concord College website here.

May 2018

Pint of Science

Pint of Science is an annual science festival that takes place every May and brings researchers to your local pub to explain the latest happenings in the world of science. The 2018 event runs from 14 to 16 May in 32 cities across the UK, and features scientists from the Changing Arctic Ocean programme, listed below.

Wednesday 16 May, 19.30 to 22.00 in Committee Room 9, 18 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JQ

Dr Katharina Lefering, postdoctoral researcher in the Arctic PRIZE project, to talk about “Shedding Light on the Arctic Ocean.”

The Arctic is the fastest changing environment on the planet – sea-ice is retreating and getting thinner, while freshwater in-flow and temperatures are increasing. These changes will have a major effect on all life in the Arctic which has adapted to the extreme environmental conditions. At present, it is unknown or poorly understood how the Arctic ecosystem will respond to these changes. The rapid changes observed in recent years pose a serious threat to the balance of the productivity cycle and, thereby, the entire ecosystem. Dr Lefering’s research focuses on how the underwater light field changes across the seasons. She will talk about the efforts that scientists go to in order to better understand the Arctic Ocean ecosystem and help protect it in the future.

Tickets cost £4.00. To attend this event, book here.

Tuesday 15 May, 19.30 to 21.30 in the Grub and Grog Shop, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds LS10 1HD

Dr Allyson Tessin, Marie Curie Research Fellow in the ChAOS project, to talk about “Getting down and dirty: Unearthing the effects of rapidly disappearing Arctic sea ice.”

With sea ice shrinking to another near-record breaking low this year, the possibility of a seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean by 2100 seems increasingly likely. This environmental transformation is fundamentally changing the Arctic ecosystem, affecting everything from bacteria to polar bears, and even us. Allie will talk about the nutrients that support life in the Arctic and show how scientists use mud collected from the bottom of the sea to understand how nutrient availability will change in an ice-free world. Stop by for a story of ice, mud and the adventures of Arctic scientists at sea.

Tickets cost £4.00. To attend this event, book here.

Cruise JR17005, Fram Strait, Arctic Ocean

9 May to 6 June 2018

Several members of the ARISE team are sailing on cruise JR17005. They are writing a blog about their experiences and the science they are doing during the cruise. They will endeavour to answer questions while at sea. If you have a question you would like to ask them, please visit the blog: Details about how to submit questions are in the Q&A section.

April 2018

Edinburgh – International Science Festival

Dr Sian Henley is taking part in two of the events lined up for Edinburgh’s International Science Festival. Details below.

Sunday 8 and Monday 9 April, 10 am to 4 pm at Our Dynamic Earth, 112 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live and work in the Polar Regions of Earth? Come and meet Polar scientists from Edinburgh’s Universities whose research helps us understand how our planet works –  and how it’s changing – through working in some of the most beautiful, yet hostile, environments on Earth. You can expect lots of exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations that will leave you feeling cool and inspired!

Dr Sian Henley is co-ordinating the “Meet the polar scientists” event at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The event takes place over two days, on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 April 2018.

Saturday 7 April, 1.30 pm to 3 pm at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Dr Sian Henley will participate in the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas as an expert during the panel discussion on “Tackling Climate Change.” This takes place at the Centre for Carbon Innovation in the city centre, from 1.30 to 3 pm on Saturday 7 April. Entry is £5.

March 2018

Cambridge – School visit

Monday 12 March, Mayfield Primary School, Cambridge

Dr Anna Belcher visits Mayfield Primary School to show the children how polar animals keep warm, with some hands on experience using the “blubber glove” experiment. Anna will also give a show and tell using photos from her field work in the polar regions. She will describe her experience of living and working on a research ship for several weeks in the open ocean.

Bristol – Science Café

Monday 26 March, 8 pm to 10 pm at the Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bristol BS3 1TF

Dr Kate Hendry takes part in a Science Café at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory. These are informal gatherings to listen to an expert discussing a topical science subject and, ultimately, to stimulate a lively discussion. Kate will talk on “The Periodic Table of the Oceans”:

For life to thrive in the oceans it needs elements from across the periodic table, from phosphorous to silicon, iron to zinc. Join Kate as she uncovers the essential building blocks of everything in the sea… even the polar bears.

The event is free of charge. For more information please check the Bristol and Bath Science Café website.

February 2018

London – School talk

Wednesday 28 February, 11:00-16:00 at the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW

Dr Kate Hendry speaks at the “Chemistry in Action” programme, one of The Training Partnership events aimed at providing students with motivational talks in a broad range of subjects. This event is aimed at KS5 students. Kate’s talk is on “The Periodic Table of the Oceans”:

For life to thrive in the oceans it needs elements from across the periodic table, from phosphorous to silicon, iron to zinc. Join Kate as she uncovers the essential building blocks of everything in the sea… even the polar bears.

Full details and booking on The Training Partnership page here.

Modbury, Devon – School visit

Friday 9 February, Modbury Primary School, South Devon

Dr Pennie Lindeque, investigator in the DIAPOD project, gave a talk and ran an interactive workshop for Key Stage II pupils at Modbury Primary School, South Devon, on the Changing  Arctic Ocean as part of the school’s environmental awareness week.

January 2018

Thurlestone, Devon – School visit

Friday 12 January, All-Saints-Primary School, Thurlestone, South Devon

Dr Pennie Lindeque, investigator in the DIAPOD project, gave a talk and ran an interactive workshop for Key Stage II pupils at All-Saints-Primary School, Thurlestone, on the Changing  Arctic Ocean as part of the school’s environmental awareness week.

November 2017

Plymouth – School visit

Wednesday 15 November, Devonport High School for Girls, Plymouth

Helen Parry, investigator in DIAPOD, visited Devonport High School for Girls in her role as a STEM Ambassador. She gave a presentation to Year 12 students about “Careers in Science” and answered questions.  The talk aimed to present the nature and scope of careers within science, focusing on marine science, and to broaden the range of the opportunities available beyond the traditional options of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.  Examples were given of fieldwork undertaken in the Arctic.