AXA XL Arctic Live 2019

1 May 2019 - 8 May 2019

AXA XL Arctic Live 2019 makes part of the AXA XL Ocean education series. Running for the last six year, it has established itself as the most northerly live education event.

This live learning event offers thousands of young people a portal through which to explore the issues and news headlines about climate change via direct engagement with leading scientists. Polar regions are changing rapidly, with the Arctic experiencing the highest levels of warming of any area on the planet.

Live streaming from UK Arctic Research Station in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard, the AXA XL Arctic Live team connected students around the world to the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory's micro-plastics and ocean acidification field research.

We ran 25 broadcasts over five days. Each day began with a live investigation, followed by an interview with an expert and an ask me anything. The live investigation and expert interview were repeated in the afternoon to ensure schools in the mid-Atlantic and the Americas could participate.

Arctic Live is underpinned by teaching resources to aid class preparation and reflection. The whole program is designed to build student literacy, develop critical skills, inspire STEM careers and engage environmental stewardship.

For expeditions news and media coverage, please see the Arctic Live news collection.

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Event Broadcasts

Al2019 Encounter Live Nick Cox Am
Fri, 3 May 2019, 10:00am UTC

Polar life with Nick Cox (AM)

This session is your chance to ask Nick Cox, UK Arctic Research Station Manager about his experience working with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) for over 40 years and his work supporting polar res...

Al2019 Encounter Live Hannah Green Pm
Mon, 6 May 2019, 4:00pm UTC

High CO2 in the Arctic with Hannah Green (PM)

This session is your chance to ask Hannah Green about her PhD in ocean acidification and her research on what the impacts of high CO2concentrations levels in the ocean will have on the Arctic.Submit y...

Al2019 Encounter Live Sea Level Am
Wed, 8 May 2019, 8:00am UTC

Sea level rise (AM)

This activity is a great way of learning about sea level rise. This is a good way to clear up common misconceptions such as how melting sea ice in the Arctic will cause sea levels to rise. This inves...

Al2019 Encounter Live Sampling For Microplastics Pm
Tue, 7 May 2019, 2:00pm UTC

Sampling for microplastics (PM)

This investigation is a great way of learning about how extensive the issue of microplastics is. Scientists have already identified microplastics in the Arctic, but how much is there? Students will co...

Al2019 Encounter Live Ceri Lewis Pm
Tue, 7 May 2019, 4:00pm UTC

Ocean plastics with Dr Ceri Lewis (PM)

This session is your chance to ask Dr Ceri Lewis, a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology at the University of Exeter, about her research into microplastics in the Arctic and beyond. Submit your students’...

Al2019 Encounter Live Arctic Q And A 3
Mon, 6 May 2019, 12:00pm UTC

Arctic Q&A with Jamie and Ellie

How long does it take to get from the base to the sample site? Students can ask Jamie and Ellie anything in this live Q&A session.


Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop
Founder and Director, Encounter Edu, UK
Clara Nielson
PhD Researcher, University of Exeter, UK
Hannah Green
PhD Researcher, University of Exeter / Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Dr Ceri Lewis
Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Exeter, UK
Ellie Mackay
Science communicator and Filmmaker, UK
Nick Cox
Station Manager, UK Arctic Research Station, Svalbard

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