Felicity will be delivering her lecture via Zoom on Monday 2 November from 7.30pm. The session, including Q&A will last around an hour and tickets can be booked here. Tickets will be £10 per household.
Felicity Aston is the first and only woman in the world to ski across Antarctica alone. The 1744km, 59-day journey completed in January 2012 also made her the first person to traverse the continent purely by muscle power without the aid of kites or machines, earning her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2015 she was awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal for services in Antarctica and was appointed MBE for services to Polar Exploration.
Trained as a Physicist and Meteorologist, Felicity’s first polar experience was as a scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. Based for three years on a remote research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, her job was to monitor climate and ozone. Since then she has gone on to create and lead her own expedition teams including an international team of women who skied to the South Pole in 2009, a team of women from across Europe and the Middle East that skied the last degree to the North Pole in 2018, the first British women’s crossing of Greenland, a 700km winter crossing of Lake Baikal in Siberia, a 35,000km expedition in a Land Rover Defender to the Pole of Cold (the coldest inhabited place in the world) and an adventurous expedition in Iceland for young people with a brain injury. She was also part of the first, ever, all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a 500km endurance race to the magnetic north pole, and has completed the notorious Marathon Des Sables, a 150-mile foot race across the Sahara.
Felicity has been elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London and is a Fellow of The Explorers Club in New York. When not on expedition, Felicity has written three books about her experiences in cold places and has presented two series for television with the BBC.
Felicity is an experienced speaker, regularly presenting lectures for the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, including the annual Children’s Lecture in 2016. Her talks introduce the Polar Regions, memorably illustrating life in Antarctica or the Arctic as a Scientist or Explorer as well as sharing her passion for the wildlife, the history and the environment.
Felicity will be talking about her recent Euro-Arabian expedition to the North Pole which is a really motivating story all about broadening horizons and overcoming adversity in all its guises.
To book tickets, please visit https://www.trybooking.co.uk/UDE. You will only need one ticket per household to participate.