Paul Rose - The value of exploration

ILAS Grand Challenges lecture series

The latest in a series of Grand Challenges lectures from the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


We’ve never needed an 'explorers mindset' more than we do today!

The COVID pandemic, caused by our broken relationship with nature, provides a sharp focus on our values and a timely reminder that our health is dependent on everyone else’s health, which in turn is dependent on the health of our planet. Science has provided us with vaccines, but the only true vaccine against further pandemics is to re-address our relationship with nature. Three steps to do that are:

1. Protect what we have.
2. Restore what has been damaged.
3. Reset our values so that it doesn't happen again.

Big challenges indeed and the only way to approach them is with an enthusiastic explorers mindset.

I look forward to joining you for this lecture and to your insights and difficult questions!


Paul Rose is a man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced science expedition leaders.  Paul helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

A former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

The Royal Geographical Society has awarded Paul the Ness Award and the Founders Gold Medal.

A broadcaster, published author and journalist, he presents BBC television programs on current affairs, science and the environment.

He is Ambassador for the UN Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Paul was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for ten years and was awarded HM The Queen's Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he was awarded the US Polar Medal.

A mountain in Antarctica is named after him.

Website:     Twitter: @Paul_Rose

We will be hosting this lecture via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend, please register (by no later than 5.00pm on the day of the lecture) and joining instructions with further information will follow ahead of the lecture. 

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