Presenting the work of the Project and perhaps more importantly the scientific rationale for the Project has always been high on our agenda. During the last few weeks, Gina has given three presentations to three very different audiences. In such instances, it isn’t just a simple case of presenting the same lecture three times over.
Gina gave the first presentation to cavers at Hidden Earth, the UK’s annual caving conference. The audience were really enthusiastic about the whole project, and especially seemed to like the mix of science with caving. Gina then moved on to talk to 13-20 year-old air cadets at 2152DF Air Training Corps Squadron in Bristol. The cadets learnt a lot about packing lightly for an expedition, tried on our super lightweight Petzl Sirocco helmets, set off some of Robbie’s flashbulbs, and tried some freeze dried cheese fondue. The latter didn’t go down so well, and we must say, it really was disgusting! We’re glad we didn’t really have any of that on the expedition.
Finally, Gina attended the Comer Abrupt Climate Change Conference where she presented the initial results of the dating and stable isotope (oxygen and carbon) analyses. In the audience were many of the world’s leading climate scientists, as well as many early career climate scientists whose research has been supported by the Comer Family Foundation (including this Project). Cutting edge research was presented on changes in lake levels, glacier fluctuations, ocean circulation, and cave-based climate records, as well as presenting climate change science to the public.
At the conference, the attendees were asked “What is the one big question you’d like to answer through your research?”. This year’s film is not yet available, but you can take a look at the answers from 2014 below.