We’re thrilled to share the next wave of bluedot 2023’s science line-up, our Green programme – featuring some of the biggest names in climate change research, and the writers and broadcasters doing so much to protect our pale blue dot.
Explore a bit more about our green speakers and panellists, and standby for more news of our Green programme at bluedot – including some special partnerships and the release of our 2023 sustainability charter.
Sarah Crowther · To Bennu and Back!
In 2016, NASA launched the OSIRIS-REx mission, an ambitious seven-year adventure to collect a sample from asteroid Bennu and bring it back to Earth! With the spacecraft due to return this September, Sarah will provide an exciting overview of the mission, including insights into the Sample Analysis Phase and how the UK are involved! Sarah’s expertise in the evolution of the early Solar System and previous analysis of samples from various missions make her the perfect guide to explore the mysteries of our celestial neighbours.
James Grecian · The Snow Petrel and the Seal: The Science behind Frozen Planet II
Marine Ecologist, Dr. James Grecian, has spent 15 years studying man’s impact on marine ecosystems. As a global expert, his revelatory research on harp seal migration in the Arctic Ocean reached millions, as it was featured on BBC’s Frozen Planet II. Now, James’ focus shifts to the mountainous Antarctic breeding grounds of the Snow Petrel. Listen as James uncovers how these charismatic species respond to climate change in rapidly warming polar regions. Discover what their behaviour teaches us about the health of their ecosystem and learn about our transforming oceans through James’ first-hand experience studying Arctic and Antarctic wildlife.
Karen Olsson- Francis · Life at the Limits
Microbiologist, Professor Karen Olsson-Francis demonstrates how the harsh space environment, seemingly inhospitable to life, can offer valuable insights into the potential for extra-terrestrial life. Karen’s research focuses on micro-organisms thriving in extreme environments, including on board the International Space Station. By studying Earth’s extreme environments such as Martian salty deserts and Moon-like icy glaciers, we gain clues about the types of life that could exist beyond our planet and the traces they might leave behind. Karen’s knowledge of studying these environments play a vital role in planning life detection missions and the implications for future space exploration.
Tamsin Edwards · Climate Change and How to Make a Difference
Special Advisor to UK Parliament, Tamsin is on the front-line of climate change policy making! As Climate Scientist from King’s College London, her captivating research dives into the reliability of climate predictions, uncovering how certain we can be about the array of futures we might encounter. With a keen focus on the frozen landscapes of Greenland and Antarctica, she investigates how they’re responding to global warming and the threat of rising sea levels. Join her talk as she unravels our changing world and how we can make a difference.
British Antarctic Survey
Ever wondered what it’s like to ‘Winter in Antarctica’ or visit the Doomsday Glacier? Find out at Mission Control on Saturday, as BAS Station Leader Mike Brian and Marine Geophysicist Kelly Hogan, delve into the depths of Polar exploration. Get hands-on with a model of the RRS Sir David Attenborough and see how the Slocum Glider dives beneath the ice sheets to collect data. Meet oceanographers, biologists and see a real piece of ancient glacial ice core. Ask all the questions about life at sub-zero that you’ve ever wanted to know.
Mike Berners-Lee · There Is No Planet B
Join Professor Mike Berners-Lee, renowned sustainability expert and author of How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon footprint of Everything! He asks tough questions, and whether science is ever enough. While science and technology have undoubtedly brought tremendous advancements, we find ourselves amid a complex crisis. Mike explores how tech can contribute to addressing human challenges, but is it sufficient, or do we need broader systemic changes? He invites us to contemplate our relationship with technology and envision a path towards a sustainable future. Don’t miss this thought-provoking discussion on achieving planetary well-being.