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Discover how scientific exploration has shaped our understanding of the world we live in.

Expeditions into uncharted areas and unfamiliar countries underpinned early scientific research. Through observations and an incredible curiosity for their surroundings, early explorers helped develop our understanding of nature and paved the way for modern day research.

Join our expert panel as we discuss the importance of exploration in scientific endeavour. Journey to unknown parts of the world using recently rediscovered footage from the Royal Society archives and explore how fieldwork still plays an essential part of scientific method.

Panellists include:

  • Professor Robert White FRS FGS, Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Jahnavi Joshi, Royal Society Newton International Fellow at Natural History Museum, London
  • Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive at the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust
  • Dr Simon Werrett, Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at UCL
  • Professor Jon Agar, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at UCL

This event is part of the 2018 Gravity Fields festival, Grantham. For all enquiries, please contact