Friday, September 9
The Eternal Road – tales of exploration and adventure with Jeff Fuchs
“Upon the Salt Road distances were measured not simply in days and weeks but in the number of passes or valleys crossed.” Jeff Fuchs.
Modern day explorer Jeff Fuchs was the first Westerner to trek the entirety of the Ancient Tea Horse Road (“The Eternal Road”) from tropical Yunnan to mountainous Tibet. Fuchs has chronicled his travels to some of the most isolated and beautiful parts of China through his stunning photography and written tales. Join us to hear him speak on his treks, including his latest journey – traversing a legendary Tibetan salt route in the eastern Himalayas with WildChina’s Explorer’s Grant – and show some of the awe-inspiring portraits of people and mountains he has captured along the way.
Saturday, September 10
Session 1 – 10am
Session 2 – 11am
KIDS: Fossil Making Workshop
A workshop for budding paleontologists and dinosaur-lovers. Learn how to create fossils, dinosaur claws and prehistoric creatures from molds with replica specialist Ludovic Blein. Making dinosaurs is messy work so come prepared to get your hands dirty!
KIDS: Triceratops, pterosaurs and dodos, oh my! – an interactive dinosaur talk with Damien LeLoup
Dinosaur bones, fossilized flying reptiles and other preserved prehistoric creepy crawlers abound in Northern China, one of the most fossil-rich areas on Earth. Join us as Damien LeLoup shows off some of the fossil treasures from the vast collection of the Yizhou Fossil & Geology Park in Liaoning and answers all your dinosaur questions.
Sunday, September 11
The Hidden Buddha of Bamiyan – a talk with archeologist Professor Tarzi
The Buddhas of Bamiyan were located on the Silk Road, nestled into the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan. The two statues, carved in the sixth century, were the largest Buddhist statues ever discovered, the tallest measured a staggering 55 meters. In 2001, the Taliban dynamited and destroyed the two standing buddhas. Dr. Zemaryali Tarzi is one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on these remarkable monuments. Join us to hear him on his work on the legendary statues, as well as the possibility of an undiscovered third Buddha – a 300-meter-long reclining statue hidden nearby.
Monday, September 12
Pub Quiz: Explore
Battle it out for intellectual supremacy in this special Explore-themed quiz.
Tuesday, September 13
Our monthly mixer for everyone interested and involved in the green sector. This month, we feature a special guest speaker (tbd).
Friday, September 16
The Other Side: Adventures in North Korea, a film screening and Q&A with Nick Bonner
Since founding Koryo Tours in 1993, Nick Bonner has had unprecedented access to North Korea. Koryo Tours specializes in bringing outsiders inside the Hermit Kingdom, bringing them up-close to the local people and culture. To document a typical trip to Pyongyang, he recently teamed up with the Canadian travel programme Departures, which follows two plucky travellers on their adventures to some of the world’s most fascinating places. In North Korea, Bonner and his cohorts document their visit to a water bottling factory, a farm, a funfair and the most impressive choreographed spectacle on earth – Arirang Mass Games. Don’t miss this screening of a rare glimpse inside the borders of this isolated country, followed by Q&A with Bonner.
Saturday, September 17
KIDS: Hooves, wheels, tracks: Beijing on the Move – exploring transportation of historical Beijing with Beijing Postcards
Camels, wheelbarrows, rickshaws, tramways and steam locomotives. During the last 100 years, Beijing has relied on many different means of transportation. Through their own collection of historical photographs, Beijing Postcards will tell stories of hardworking rickshaw pullers, the Empress Dowager that dreaded locomotives , camel caravans and much more. Join us as we look at some of the pioneers of transportation and travel in China.
This talk is part of the ongoing exhibit “Beijing on the Move.” To learn more, visit bjpostcards.com.
Wednesday, September 21
Water Footprints: a discussion on the upcoming water crisis with conservationist Matt Durnin
Water is essential to every aspect of daily life. But how much do we actually know? Where do rivers start and who do they belong to? What is the tipping point of emptying aquifers? The use and consumption of water is a as big a problem as climate change, according to conservationist Matt Durnin. With pollution, damming, empty aquifers and overuse, water is becoming more and more scarce world-wide. Join us to hear more about the looming water crisis – and what we can do to prevent it.
Thursday, September 22
Ancient Chinese Roots of Sustainable Agriculture – a talk with Jim Harkness
How can we feed the world without destroying the planet? With a billion people hungry today and multiple environment crises, this may be the most important question for the next century. In their search for answers, modern scientists have turned to the peasants and mandarins of Imperial China. Jim Harkness, president of the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) explains how.
Friday, September 23
“We are going to blow-up the sun”: the movie science of Sunshine, a screening and talk with astrophysicist Eric Peng
In Danny Boyle’s space thriller, Sunshine (2009), in-the-not-too-distant future the sun is dying. A hearty band of astronauts are on a mission to jump-start the sun by launching nuclear missiles into its core. And then it all goes horribly wrong. Astrophysicist Eric Peng tackles the hard questions of the science behind the movie. What happens when the sun dies? Could you shock it back with a nuclear reaction? And what about ‘space madness’? Join us for a film club screening, followed by a discussion on the science seen on screen.