Rocks and green landscape of the Arctic with water and snow and ice landscape in the distance.

Event information

18 Feb 2021


Online event

Please note this is an online event and will require you to use the video conferencing system Zoom.

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Chaired by journalist and former Climate Change Editor at Nature, Dr Gabrielle Walker, this discussion explores stories of climate adaptation from humanity's past, and the importance of adaptation in the future.

The panelists include environmental journalist, broadcaster and former online editor of New Scientist, Gaia Vince, polar and paleoclimate expert Professor Eric Wolff FRS and archaeologist of Alaskan Indigenous sites Dr Rick Knecht.

This event is part of the public programme accompanying the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate at the British Museum (22 October 2020 – 21 February 2021), presented in collaboration with The Royal Society.

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About the speakers

Dr Gabrielle Walker is a strategist, writer and broadcaster who works with businesses to address global challenges, with a focus on sustainability, new energy and climate change. She has served as Climate Change Editor at Nature and Features Editor at New Scientist, and has written extensively for international newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Prospect, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. As a writer she has published four titles, including co-authoring the bestselling The Hot Topic: How to Avoid Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On. Walker holds a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities.

Gaia Vince

Gaia Vince is an award-winning science journalist, author, broadcaster and speaker. She is particularly interested in the interplay of humanity and our planetary environment, and has travelled the world extensively for her research. Vince has held senior editorial positions at the science journal Nature, Nature Climate Change, and New Scientist. She has written for the BBC, the Guardian, New Scientist, Australian Geographic, Science, and produced science documentaries for radio and television. Vince has written two books, Adventures in the Anthropocene (2014) which won her the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, and Transcendence (2019) which explores how a smart ape became a planet-dominating force, re-writing the story of our 'ascent'.

Dr Eric Wolff

Dr Eric Wolff is a world-renowned scientist most notable for his contributions in the study of ice core palaeoclimate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and Royal Society Research Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University. Wolff is also a Fellow of Darwin College and an Honorary Fellow at the British Antarctic Survey. He led the British Antarctic Survey science programme 'Chemistry and Past Climate' and Chaired the science committee of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica, which produced 800,000-year records of climate from the Dome C (Antarctica) ice core. For many years he also co-chaired the international initiative to coordinate future ice core research. Wolff has received a number of accolades in recognition of his work, including the Louis Agassiz Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2009) and the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London (2012). He was one of the founding Chief Editors of the journal Climate of the Past.

Dr Rick Knecht

Dr Rick Knecht is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. Knecht was the Founding Director of the Alutiiq Culture Center and the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository both in Kodiak, Alaska. He also Founded the Museum of the Aleutians, Unalaska, Alaska. Previously Knecht held the position of Academic Program Head and Assistant Professor for the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2005–2008), and as Ethnographer and Director of the Oral History Program for the Bureau of Arts and Culture, Republic of Palau, Micronesia (2004–2005).

Privacy policy

Privacy policy

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