Great expeditions talk series

This talks programme will tell stories of journeys taken by people who work here in South Kensington, but whose career has seen them explore very different places all over the world.

Find out about the global impact and reach the institutions of Exhibition Road have, and explore the realities of working in these environments as well as the projects they are involved in.

Adults
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Working in space with Britain’s first astronaut

This talk will take you on a journey hundreds of miles straight up, describing training and preparation, launch and how weightlessness feels.

Adults
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Uncovering our future in Antarctica’s past

This talk will journey back into the geological past to help us understand what may happen to Antarctic ice in our warmer future.

Adults
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Mental wellbeing in the field from Antarctica to Mars

An exploration of the mental strain facing scientists during fieldwork in remote locations and how this experience can help preparations for manned missions to the red planet.

Adults
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Fantastic yeasts and where to find them!

Travel the world exploring the kingdom of the fungi - from the origin of the ‘doomsday fungus’ to outbreaks in central London.

Adults
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Designing the future at CERN

Find out how a trip to the world's largest physics laboratory inspired Royal College of Art students to tackle critical problems through science and design.

Adults
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A brief history of the exploration of Antarctica

Take a journey to the South Pole in the footsteps of pioneering explorers who braved the most inhospitable place on Earth to understand how we can use technology to measure the polar ice sheets and understand how they are changing.

Adults
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Impossibles: The meeting of science and adventure

Join physicist, explorer, speaker and writer Melanie Windridge discussing a career built around her two passions of science and adventure

Adults
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The journey of Prince Albert

A talk about Albert's ancestral home, the Friedenstein Palace in Gotha, with a focus on portraiture and family history.

Age 12+
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The invention of nature

More than 200 years ago, the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt shaped our understanding of nature forever. Author Andrea Wulf brings this often forgotten hero of science back to life.

Adults
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When art gets nature wrong

Take a journey back through time and across the globe to explore how accurately nature has been represented throughout the history of art and culture, from the ancient world to more recent times.