A Joint Meeting of The South Georgia Association & Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute to commemorate the centenary of Endurance’s visit to South Georgia, held at the Scott Polar Research Institute on the 8th November 2014.
The extraordinary rescue of the crew of Endurance from the Weddell Sea has been told many times. "Shackleton’s Legacy" examined, instead, the achievements of Shackleton and his men, and demonstrated the subsequent development in leadership skills, Antarctic science and expedition techniques.
The meeting was a great success with over 100 people attending. Where available, summaries of talks are provided as PDF files.
|09:30||Coffee & Registration|
|10:15||Welcome & Introduction||David Drewry|
|10:30||Shackleton’s Leadership Skills|
What were Shackleton's characteristics as a leader and why are they relevant today? How Shackleton is used as a paradigm in a leadership course for a hi-tech company.
|11:00||The Shackleton Challenge|
The Shackleton Challenge introduces transitional skills relating to leadership, group work, self-directed research/development and project management to students. It involves local business and civic organisations in mentoring.
|Kevin KennyShackleton Autumn School, Athy|
|11:30||Choosing a Team: Men wanted for Hazardous Journey |
Shackleton used unconventional means for choosing his expedition members. How are applicants selected for Antarctic service today?
Head of Operations & Logistics, British Antarctic Survey
|12:00||Antarctic sea ice – has it changed?|
Shackleton's optimism about disembarking at the head of the Weddell Sea was clearly misplaced. Yet similar problems are encountered by ships supplying Weddell Sea stations today. The surprising conclusion is how little has changed in Antarctic sea ice.
Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group, University of Cambridge
|12:30||Meteorological observations from Endurance – was the weather unusual?|
Nowadays, satellites and ground stations give a comprehensive view of the weather and climate of the Weddell Sea. The Endurance set of observations will be examined to determine if the weather conditions experienced that year were exceptional.
Science Leader, British Antarctic Survey
Fledgling emperor penguins were sighted off Endurance but no one realised they indicated a breeding colony nearby. Colonies are now discovered by satellite imagery.
Geographic Information Assistant, British Antarctic Survey
|14:30||Shackleton’s geologists and the dawn of plate tectonics|
Awareness that South Georgia was 'different' from other oceanic islands permeates the work of Shackleton's colleagues, like James Wordie who lost all his rock specimens when Endurance sank but whose views have been vindicated by modern research.
Professor of Petroleum Geology, University of Aberdeen
Shackleton's expeditions collected invertebrates – and he joined in. The collections are compared with modern knowledge.
Emeritus Fellow, British Antarctic Survey
|15:30||Frank Worsley and the Art of Navigation|
Frank Worsley's extraordinary skill with a sextant brought the James Caird to South Georgia. His technique is compared with modern navigation by GPS.
|16:00||Expedition Nutrition – avoiding starvation|
Shackleton's sledge rations were advanced for their time but they were inadequate when compared with modern expedition rations.
South Georgia Association
|16:30||Closing remarks.||Nick Lambert|
|17:15||AGM of the Friends of SPRI|
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