Merid’s Ladies Club talk

 

 

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Human footprint in the Antarctic

 

The ladies at the Merid’s Ladies Club invited me again to talk about my quilting and the quilt exhibition at Scott Base in 2015/16 when I was down with the PCAS course. The ladies were very interested and had many questions about the Antarctic even when I gave a talk at this club half a year ago on that topic. It was great to see that my presentation left an impression on them and was still a matter of interest. It was a great feeling to see them so enthusiastic about the quilts and the Antarctic.

 

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Nature – Antarctic

 

 

Winston Churchill Fellowship

I did it again: I submitted an application for the Winston Churchill Fellowship. It was yesterday a bit a struggle with the online form but I did it. After weeks of hard work, as always,  lots of thinking and communicating I had the ideas sorted and could submit. Tomorrow is the deadline for the Fellowship. At the end of October, or beginning of November, the lucky ones will be announced. So fingers’ crossed that I will be amongst them. If I should get awarded, I will tell more about it and what the next steps are.

Portrait of Winston Churchill. (taken from the webpage)

Two new publications online

The book review on “Deutsche in der Antarktis: Expeditionen und Forschungen vom Kaiserreich bis heute” by Cornelia Luedecke and the report on the “Historic Antarctic Sealing Industry Conference” which was held in Cambridge in September last year are now published in The Polar Journal, 7:1 92017). The review is located on pages 244-247 and the report on pages 253-255. Last time when I put in the Doi it was blocked by the publisher. I hope you can find it when you look after it.

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Greetings from a Weddell seal – at my first trip to the Antarctic 2014/2015 with PCAS

 

HASSEG Conference in Hobart

The HASSEG workshop started with an APECS workshop on 4 July in Hobart. I have been invited to act as mentor for one of the sessions: applying for research funding for the COMNAP Research Fellowship. In this group we were 3 mentors: Alan Hemmings who is reviewing applications, one successful SCAR applicant and me. The discussion was good and the interested young researcher will be – hopefully – one of the successful applicants for the future.  The COMNAP fellowship was a great starting point for me personally what lead into the work I am doing now for the NSC-DS.

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Lighthouse logbooks with important weather information for the NSC-DS project.

ANTA 102

This year I was in the privileged position  to deliver 4 lectures in Antarctic History for the ANTA 102 lectures series. Because of the 4th lecture I could go into more detail in social history and history of science. The best opportunity was, however, that I could present  the political context to the expeditions which were undertaken from the 1920s on. This part of Polar History has still lots to offer in terms of research. My focus is often the not so well known expeditions during the Heroic Era (e.g.: German, Swedish, Scottish, French expeditions). The political and economic changes  after World War One and World War Two brought new challenges to  Antarctic research. In the 1950s a new issue appeared: space travel. Antarctic research and space research competed in gathering funding and the big organisations like NASA were developing. Climate Change brought the Antarctic (and Arctic) into focus again and now the Antarctic is often used as a place for field training and to test material for outer space events.

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Showing a new direction 🙂

Hillmorton High School

Last Tuesday, 2 May, I was invited by Hannah Ewingh (the science teacher) to give a lecture about “Adaptation to extreme environments”. The students (16-17 years old) have to work on a project with the same title. I discussed with them the term “adaptation” and what an extreme environment is. The items (jackets, boots, etc.) I had with me again were a great help to show them how we adapt today to the Antarctic conditions when we are down in the ice. I has slides prepared what helps to keep the flow in the presentation but I integrated the students as well. 17 years working as teacher is then in the blood – so it was really nice to work as teacher again – at least for two hours. I don’t miss the administration involved in the school machinery but I like the work with the young people. But it is always easier to come from outside than being their teacher – it is easier to do it that way as I did last Tuesday.

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