CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (March 24, 2011)—A free public presentation on field research and exploration featuring National Geographic Society Vice President of Research, Conservation and Exploration John Francis, National Geographic photographer and explorer Carsten Peter and renowned alpinist and The North Face athlete Conrad Anker will be held at the University of Virginia on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Theater on the UVA campus.
Francis will discuss his role at National Geographic and the organization’s support of exploration around the globe. Peter (www.CarstenPeter.com) will recount his documentation of the dramatic and treacherous Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo and show images from his exploration of Vietnam’s Hang Son Doong, one of the world’s largest caves. Anker (http://www2.thenorthface.com/na/athletes/athletes-CA.html) will share highlights of his 275-mile journey on foot through the remote Chang Tang to locate the birthing grounds of the highly endangered Tibetan antelope, a project undertaken with renowned adventurers Rick Ridgeway, Galen Rowell and Jimmy Chin under the direction of legendary conservationist Dr. George Schaller.
The public presentation will follow a daylong workshop for UVA students on National Geographic’s Young Explorers Grants program to be held in Newcomb Hall from 9:45 a.m. to
3 p.m. on March 26. The Young Explorers grants support individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 in their pursuit of research, exploration and conservation-based field projects.
This workshop will enable students interested in pursuing Young Explorers grants to meet with recent grant recipients and National Geographic staff, explorers, conservationists and researchers. They will learn about the kinds of projects the program aims to support and will have an opportunity to discuss their ideas for field projects with National Geographic grantees and staff. Michael “Nick” Nichols, National Geographic magazine Photography Editor at Large, and elephant communication scientist Michael Garstang, a former National Geographic grantee and former UVA professor of environmental sciences, will take part in the workshop.
“Until starting the Young Explorers program in 2006 we tended only to fund more established researchers. We realized that, by supporting younger individuals on their first field projects, we could reach a fruitful, new sector,” Francis said. “With our increasingly diverse media and growing number of Young Explorers, we hope to better fulfill our vision, which is to inspire people to care about the planet.”
The March 26 workshop is hosted by UVA with support from the National Geographic Society, the Brinson Foundation, The North Face, Kiehl’s, Lucy and Henry Billingsley, and ProBar.
WHAT: Free public presentation by explorers from the National Geographic Society and The North Face
WHO: John Francis, National Geographic’s Vice President of Research, Conservation and Exploration; Carsten Peter, National Geographic photographer and explorer; Conrad Anker, The North Face athlete and renowned alpinist
WHERE: UVA’s Newcomb Hall Theater
WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Barbara Moffet, National Geographic, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ann Krcik, email@example.com
Information on National Geographic’s Young Explorers Grants program: