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Science on the frontline


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18:30 - 19:30


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Conflict zones and areas of hostility and instability are inherently dangerous and pose significant threat to life, which means conducting scientific research in these places can be challenging, if not impossible. Unfortunately, this means that there are large parts of the Earth that remain scarcely explored, and, as a result, a significant amount of potential scientific knowledge being left undiscovered or lost. 

Meet the experts working on the frontline in some of the world’s most hostile territories and discover the importance of exploring these places to learn more about the world we live in and the things that shape our planet and ourselves. 

This event is a part of British Science Week 2020.


The panel will be hosted by evolutionary biologist Professor Mark Pagel FRS who will be joined by: 

  • Ella Al-Shamahi, National Geographic Explorer, palaeoanthropologist and TV presenter
  • Professor Graeme Barker CBE FBA, Disney Professor of Archaeology Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, Senior Research Fellow in the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, and Professorial Fellow at St John’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Leona Vaughn, Derby Fellow, University of Liverpool

Attending this event

Science on the frontline

Meet the experts working on the frontline in some of the world’s most hostile territories.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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