MONTREAL (Sept. 24, 2012)—A free public presentation on field research and exploration featuring National Geographic Emerging Explorer and ecological anthropologist Kenny Broad and renowned alpinist and The North Face athlete Conrad Anker will be held at McGill University on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Leacock Building (Room 132) on the McGill campus.
Anker (http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/exploration/athletes/3-conrad-anker/) is well-known as an accomplished alpinist and a key member of the search team that located the remains of legendary British climber George Mallory on Mount Everest. He will share highlights from his most recent expedition of Mount Everest, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first successful American summit of the mountain.
Broad (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/kenny-broad/), who has a long history of diving and producing documentary films and was named one of National Geographic’s Explorers of the Year in 2011, will recount his recent expedition to one of the most challenging and spectacular frontiers in exploration: the Bahamas Blue Holes.
The public presentation will follow a daylong workshop for McGill students on National Geographic’s Young Explorers Grants program. The Young Explorers grants support aspiring scientists and researchers between the ages of 18 and 25 in their pursuit of research-, exploration- and conservation-based field projects. The workshop will enable students interested in pursuing Young Explorers grants to meet with recent grant recipients as well as National Geographic staff, explorers, conservationists and researchers. They will learn about the types of projects the grant program supports and will have an opportunity to pitch ideas for field projects to National Geographic grantees and staff.
“The Young Explorers program is a unique way for young scientists and explorers to take steps into field research. It’s their first shot, and we take a risk on them that has really paid off. We realized that, by supporting younger individuals on their first field projects, we could reach a new sector and new generation of scientists,” said John Francis, National Geographic’s vice president of research, conservation and exploration. “Our growing number of Young Explorers is helping National Geographic better fulfill our mission to inspire people to care about the planet.”
The Sept. 29 workshop is hosted by McGill with support from the National Geographic Society, Lucy and Henry Billingsley, Panasonic, the Brinson Foundation and The North Face.
“For anyone interested in exploration, research or conservation, this workshop is exactly what you need to help you get started,” said Colin Chapman, biologist and anthropologist at McGill University and member of the Committee for Research and Exploration at National Geographic.
WHAT: Free public presentation by explorers from the National Geographic Society and The North Face
WHO: Conrad Anker, The North Face athlete and renowned alpinist
Kenny Broad, ecological anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
WHERE: Leacock Building, Room 132
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012; doors open at 7 p.m., program starts at 7:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Kelsey Flora, National Geographic, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 828-8023
Cynthia Lee, Media Relations Officer, McGill University, Cynthia.Lee@mcgill.ca, (514) 398-6754
Information on National Geographic’s Young Explorers Grants program: