DAY 7 - Sunday 7th November
Oceans: conservation, restoration, and preservation
10:00 - 11:00
A world in transition: climate change through the eyes of a young scientist
A journey through changing ecosystems and a disappearing world, tropical marine biologist and filmmaker Madelaine St. Clair will speak on exploration on two climate change fronts. From coral bleaching to calving glaciers, she will highlight her experiences out in the coral reefs in the tropical pacific and her most recent Arctic expedition as part of an all-female team - and how these experience have shaped her as a young scientist and explorer.
Beyond the ocean: The people part of conservation
Francesca Trotman is the managing director and founder of Love the Oceans. In this session, Francesa will explore the human side of conservation, her own experience in the field, and the task ahead to conserve our planets oceans.
12:00 - 13:00
Protecting the planets oceans
In this session, hear from leading ocean experts and advocates on the importance of action to prevent further damage to marine life.
The panel will include the mission leader at eXXpedition and Environmental Advocate, Sally Earthrowl, Marine Remote Sensing Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), Dr. Lauren Biermann, and Hugo Tagholm of Surfers Against Sewage.
Sally Earthrowl (Moderator)
Dr. Lauren Biermann
15:00 - 16:00
Deep Ocean: We can’t mine our way out of the climate crisis
In this session, Farah will introduce deep-sea mining, the imminent threats it poses to biodiversity, the risks to locking away carbon, and how it undermines the blue economy and ocean resilience. They will then discuss alternatives to deep sea mining and highlight the great risks of exposing 54% of the world’s ocean to an extractive industry.
Vasser Seydel (Moderator)
17:00 - 18:00
Gender Equity in Ocean Conservation
Women are engaged in all aspects of ocean conservation. Yet from imposter syndrome to pay gaps to period poverty, gendered issues remain a point of contention within the marine conservation space. Tune in for a panel discussion on tackling gender bias and discrimination within the ocean industries.
19:00 - 20:30
European Space Agency
Justin Packshaw’s Chasing the Light expedition across Antarctica offers a unique opportunity to gather environmental data for the European Space Agency, ESA. One of ESA’s main priorities is to understand and monitor changes associated with climate change – not only for the benefit of science, but also to ensure decision-makers are armed with the facts to address the climate crisis. With the polar regions particularly vulnerable to climate change, Justin will be taking observations and measurements of ambient temperature, wind speed, wind direction, cloud cover, ultraviolet radiation, ice conditions, snow depth and atmospheric aerosols – all of which will give ESA and the scientific community better insight to the Antarctic environment. Satellites do not orbit directly above the South Pole, the closest any satellite gets is 88°S, so the measurements that Justin makes in this ‘satellite data gap’, will be particularly relevant.
Dr Isobel Lawrence & Prof Andy Shepherd (UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling)
Isobel & Andy use satellites to observe the changes taking place across the polar regions and have completed many field campaigns in Antarctica, Greenland, and on the frozen Arctic Ocean. They explain the changes now and what this may mean for us in the future.
Dr Isobel Lawrence
Prof Andy Shepherd
COP26 Premiere – Astronaut on ice
In this 15 minute documentary, ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano joins climate experts in Switzerland to learn about how rising global temperatures are taking their toll on glaciers.
Amy Marie Campbell (University of Southampton and CEFAS)
Amy is an ex Team GB synchronized swimmer. She’s used to being in the water but now uses satellite data to research how climate change will drive water-borne diseases such as cholera.