Discovering the South Pole


A public lecture by distinguished Norwegian polar scientist, Dr Olav Orheim

Start Date

7th Mar 2012 6:00pm

End Date

7th Mar 2012 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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RSVP - E:; P: 6226 2521


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Public lecture by distinguished Norwegian polar scientist

Dr Olav Orheim

on the centenary of the announcement from Hobart of Roald Amundsen’s conquering of the South Pole.


“Reaching the South Pole 100 years ago was an event of great global interest. The first news of its attainment was transmitted to the world when Roald Amundsen sailed into Hobart on the polarship Fram on 7 March 1912. Very recent publications of all the diaries of his companions, and a flood of books on the various Antarctic heroes, continues to throw new light on this dramatic period in Antarctic exploration.

In this lecture, Dr Olav Orheim will describe Amundsen’s expedition and compare him with both Scott and Shackleton.”

The speaker:

Dr Olav Orheim has had a long and distinguished career in polar science, management and diplomacy. He was the Head of the Norwegian Polar Institute, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergin from 1993 to 2005. From 1998 to 2002 he was the inaugural Chair of the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection, and Chair of the Antarctic Treaty’s Legal and Institutional Working Group from 2005 to 2009. He is currently a senior advisor at the Research Council of Norway and Chairman of the Board of five Norwegian entities, including the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Sogn, and the UNEP body GRID-A in Arendal. He is also Chairman of the Fram Museum in Oslo.

Dr Orheim was knighted under the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav in 2007.


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