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Discover the future of Antarctica with Prof Klaus Dodds

Posted on 20/02/2012
Expedition team with Scott centre

© H Ponting photograph, Pennell collection, Canterbury Museum NZ

Climate change, territorial nationalism and resource exploitation are just some of the challenges that face Antarctica, according to an academic from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Professor Klaus Dodds from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway will explain just how uncertain the future of the Antarctic is during an ‘after hours’ event following the Natural History Museum’s Scott’s Last Expedition exhibition on Friday 24 February.

The leading expert in the Arctic and Antarctic regions and author of The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2012) will discuss with Robert Culshaw, the Deputy Director of British Antarctic Survey, the possible futures facing Antarctica.

The event follows news that the Science Minister David Williets is to visit the Rothera Research Station where the British Antarctic Survey is being conducted, after stopping off at the Falkland Islands.

Professor Dodds said: “While Sean Penn is grabbing the headlines regarding the future of the Falklands, our focus here is further south and where we face unprecedented challenges regarding climate change, territorial nationalism, resource exploitation and the management of tourism. Antarctica has potentially many futures and depending on the configuration of factors it might be one that we find, as a human community, either hopeful and/or simply dreadful”.

Tickets for the After Hours event at the Natural History Museum are £10 and are available via the Natural History Museum website.

For your chance to win two free tickets to the event, simply follow @RHULScience on Twitter. The deadline for entries into the competition is 11am on Thursday 23 February. The winner will be selected at random out of all followers of @RHULScience, and announced at 2pm on the same day. Tickets will be available for collection directly from the Natural History Museum.

For more information on the event, please click here.


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