Broadcast live on:

Tuesday 5 May 2020
  • free
  • 45 mins
  • 5-7, 7-11
This live broadcast has ended and is available to watch on catch up.

Arctic Q&A with Ellie and Clara

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, AXA Arctic Live 2020 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the UK's Arctic Research Station.

This live lesson broadcast will put your students in contact with live Arctic science! Want to know whether the team pack anything special from home? Students can ask Ellie and Clara anything in this Q&A session.


These sessions trigger great online and class discussions about marine science topics, geography, environmentalism, climate change, the use of plastic and life as science communicators. If you’re registered for an Ask me anything session, prepare lots of questions!

Preparing for this session is a great opportunity to develop your students' questioning skills. Use the selection of guides and advice in the Arctic Live Professional Development collection to support this process. Think of a variety of questions, especially open-ended questions and questions that you couldn’t just find the answer to using a search engine.

Ellie and Clara will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Session steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)

Ellie and Clara will introduce themselves and say a little about the research being conducted at the UK's Arctic Research Station in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. There will also be shout-outs to any registered schools, so listen out for your school.

2. Ask me anything (40 mins)

Ellie and Clara will attempt to answer as many questions as possible, answering the pre-submitted questions from schools first and then the questions coming in on the live chat, so listen out for your school’s question.

During this time students might like to make notes about which questions and answers they thought were most interesting or make a fact-file based on what they have heard during the session.

If students think of any further questions don’t forget to submit questions for the next Q&A session.


Arctic Live 2019 Clara Nielson

Clara Nielson

PhD Student, University of Exeter, UK

AL2020 Speaker Ellie

Ellie Mackay

Field Producer, Encounter Edu

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