Focus on science in the Antarctic


A collaboration between University of Otago researchers and Otago Museum staff will come to life this weekend.
Otago Museum is hosting the “Far From Frozen” interactive exhibition, which looks at science in the Antarctic, climate change and how ice melt in the frozen south could affect Dunedin.
The event will also include a short film at the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium.
The exhibition, which runs from Saturday until January 29, was developed in association with government agency Antarctica New Zealand, the University of Otago and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Unlocking Curious
Minds fund, Otago Museum science engagement director Craig Grant said.
A 10-minute film had been produced for the exhibition by award-winning Antarctic New Zealand film-maker Anthony Powell, which would screen at the planetarium and there were also plenty of hands-on elements for visitors to try, Mr Grant said.
The museum would also host a “TEDxScottBase” viewing party on Sunday, presenting the broadcast at the Barclay Theatre throughout the day.
They would also be joined by two Otago professors and TEDx speakers Gary Wilson and Christina Hulbe, who had just returned from the Antarctic.
Magician Jonathan Usher and Otago Museum’s Science Superman Amadeo Enriquez Ballestero would produce a magic and scientific Antarctic show on Wednesday afternoon.
The museum would also offer all six episodes of the new National Geographic TV series Continent 7: Antarctica throughout the week, with a full day of consecutive screenings on January 29, Mr Grant said.

For more information on “Far From Frozen”, visit