Encounter Live

Pioneering Learning Experiences

Bring learning and science to life, and connect your students to the frontiers of learning from the Arctic to the coral reef, interacting directly with explorers and scientists.

Each Encounter Live event combines live video-links, with Encounter Edu's resources, videos and virtual reality content to create an engaging and integrated approach to learning.

Archived Events

29 Oct - 9 Nov, 2018

Coral Live 2018

From 29 October through 09 November, AXA Coral Live connected students globally and enabled them to discuss science and geography with Digital Explorer field education team and marine scientists live streaming from CARMABI Research Centre from the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean.

1 - 10 May, 2018

Arctic Live 2018

Encounter Edu and the science expedition team travelled on April 29th to the most northerly permanent settlement in the world to bring the latest polar science to the fore. Over 21,000 students connected live to the science research aimed at increasing understanding of the impact of plastic pollution and ocean acidification on the marine ecosystem.

30 Oct - 10 Nov, 2017

Coral Live 2017

In November 2017, XL Catlin Coral Live took more than 10,000 globally to a virtual trip in Bermuda. Through one-to-one video encounters and live broadcasts, teachers, students and researchers engaged in a lively global conversation about coral science and our impact on this fragile environment. Guest speakers were top marine scientists and explorers from Bermuda and across the globe.

7 - 16 Mar, 2017

Arctic Live 2017

Between 7-16 March 2017 over 10,000 young people of all ages from five continents participated in the XL Catlin Arctic Live event. This was an exciting learning experience connecting schools in 19 countries with members of an expedition team based at the UK Arctic Research Station managed by the British Antarctic Survey, as well as with polar explorers and scientists from the UK and Norway.

7 - 17 Mar, 2016

Arctic Live 2016

In March 2016, over 10,000 children and young people connected live with Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop in the UK Arctic Research Station in Svalbard and with marine biologists based in the UK. Students had the chance to see the vast, snowy landscape of the Arctic and ask anything they wanted from ‘have you seen a polar bear?’ to in-depth questions about climate change and the impact of human activities on the Arctic.

4 - 15 May, 2015

Arctic Live 2015

The team returned to the Arctic for a second year to share the spectacular beauty of this unique ecosystem with over 4,000 young people across the world via Skype in the classroom. Older students discovered exciting science career paths from polar scientists working at the British Antarctic Survey, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Exeter University.

21 - 31 Jan, 2015

Coral Live 2015

In January 2015, the first Coral Live event brought the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expedition from Southeast Asia’s Coral Triangle closer to 3,000 students globally. They interacted via Skype in the classroom with the expedition team in East Timor and scientists based at the University of Queensland, Australia.

21 Apr - 1 May, 2014

Arctic Live 2014

During the first Arctic Live event we joined Dr Helen Findlay and her team from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Plymouth University, at the UK Arctic Research Station on Svalbard. Thousands of students connected live via Skype to the Arctic research expedition, investigating the continuing impacts of climate change on the Arctic Ocean.

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