Arctic News and Events

This page will feature occasional news and events of interest to Arctic Club members.

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Arctic Club Dinner 2017

9 &10 December 2017         
HQS Wellington Victoria Embankment, London.
Royal School of Mines, London.

Spitsbergen Retraced - the Film

A year ago the Spitsbergen Retraced expedition returned from our successful crossing of the island.
Very sadly, Jamie Gardiner, Expedition Historian and Film Director, later died tragically in Norway. 
We remember Jamie as a keen mountaineer, true friend and talented film maker; he was the driving force behind this film. 

Spitsbergen Retraced - the Film (next showing 27 January 2018, Cambridge)

Will Hartz, James Lam and Liam Garrison

Arctic Basecamp, Davos

The  Pentland Centre at Lancaster University, led by Professor Gail Whiteman, is dedicated to creating a world-class hub for transdisciplinary research on sustainability. They are an active partner in the European ICE-ARC (Ice Climate Economics-Arctic Research on Change) project.

Gail writes: 'As part of efforts to positively influence policy and bend the global emissions curve ahead of 2020, we are organising Arctic Basecamp 2018 to educate and influence world ecomonic leaders, alongside the World Economic Forum 2018 (WEF) in Davos in January 2018. This follows a very successful Arctic Basecamp 2017. Please support us.'

Previous Events online

Arctic Circle Forum 

Edinburgh, 19 November 2017

Canada 150 Lecture and Reception

3 July 2017, Senate House, London

The Polar Research and Policy Initiative will host a lecture by distinguished Canadian historian Dr Ken Coates. 

Mapping the past, exploiting the future

Cartographies and understandings of the Arctic

21 July 2017, Conference at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 

Scientific Exploration Society Awards 2017

Molly Thompson has been awarded THE SES SIR CHARLES BLOIS EXPLORER AWARD 2017 for the Stauning Alps Expedition. 

The Frozen Frontier

Arthur Beale are holding a talk on 27th April 19:00 by Jane Maufe and David Scott Cowper titled The Frozen Frontier about navigating the most northerly route of the North West Passage. See the link for details. The book will be available on the night and from the website.

Polar Medals 2017

The Polar Medal has been awarded to eight people 'for outstanding achievement and service to the United Kingdom in the field of polar research'. The awards related to the Arctic were to Myrtle Simpson, Professor Peter Nienow, Professor Paul Smith and  Stephen King.

Congratulations to all, especially to Myrtle, a long-standing member of the Arctic Club, and the Scottish Arctic Club.

Sir David Hempleman-Adams

We are delighted to report that David Hempleman-Adams has been awarded the KCVO, Knight Commander of the Victorian Order in the 2017 New Year's Honours List.
Many congratulations to Sir David who is a member of the Arctic Club.

Joseph Cook, 2016 Rolex Young Laureate  

Many congratulations to Joseph Cook for his prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise for the Ice Alive project on glaciers in Greenland.
See the Report in The Daily Telegraph. Joe is a member of the Arctic Club committee.

Arctic Club Dinner 2016

10 December 2016        The Queens' College, Cambridge.

 Polar Medals 2016

Broadcast: Poetry from Greenland

Stephen Pax Leonard talks about his poetry book Arctic Journal, written during the 'dark period' in north-west Greenland on

Broadcast on Radio 3 (The Verb) on Friday 11 December.

Conference: Responding to a changing Arctic 

The House of Lords Arctic Select Committee Report

Organised by The Foundation for Science and Technology.
Download presentations and reports from the meeting held on 4th November, 2015 at The Royal Society.

(Mike Lea "Vega Sund")