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Global conversation from Scott Base

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/01/2017
New Zealand was one of the first countries to set up in Antarctica when the original Scott Base, built by a team led by Sir Edmund Hillary, opened with a flag-raising ceremony on January 20, 1957. © Getty Image New Zealand was one of the first countries to set up in Antarctica when the original Scott Base, built by a team led by Sir Edmund Hillary, opened with a flag-raising ceremony on January 20, 1957.

TEDxScottBase is set to broadcast, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of New Zealand's Antarctica research station, Scott Base.

The goal is to "turbo charge the climate change conversation" while marking New Zealand's remarkable history in Antarctica.

Antarctica New Zealand has recorded a series of TEDxScottBase talks, given by ten internationally recognised speakers, on location at the base a week ago.

The talks will be broadcast online on Sunday at 9am, 2pm and 7pm NZ time.

New Zealand was one of the first countries to set up in Antarctica when the original Scott Base, built by a team led by Sir Edmund Hillary, opened with a flag-raising ceremony on January 20, 1957.

"For the six decades since, we have been at the forefront of scientific research and exploration on the ice," Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Peter Beggs said earlier.

The ten speakers are:

* Dr Dan Barry - an American astronaut.

* Ashlan Cousteau - a veteran journalist, adventurer and advocate for the environment.

* Gin Wigmore - one of New Zealand's favourite and most-awarded musicians.

* Anthony Powell - the multi-award winning filmmaker behind the documentary 'Antarctica: A Year on Ice'.

* Jane Ussher - New Zealand's foremost portrait photographer and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She went to Antarctica in 2008 to photograph the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton before they were restored.

* Professor Gary Wilson - has led more than 20 expeditions to the Antarctic and Subantarctic Islands.

* Dr Christina Hulbe - a scientist who is currently investigating the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest floating ice mass on the planet.

* Professor Craig Cary - a scientist who is looking at the vast microbial life in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

* Jeremy Moon and Claudia Batten, two business people well known in the sustainable business movement both in New Zealand and internationally.

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