Greenland

2021

Join Ian McEwan, Raymond Dolan and Lawrence Krauss on a voyage to explore
‘the world as it is and as it might be’

The Origins Project Foundation will host a voyage to explore Greenland’s remote coast, home to the world’s largest fjord system and the second largest body of ice, now melting at an unprecedented rate. We will explore diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes rich in iconic arctic wildlife, and highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic – a landscape that is in peril – voyagers will experience Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, visit ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and marvel at the majesty of massive icebergs and towering bird cliffs. We may also catch sight of the spectacular northern lights dancing across the sky.

Expert guides will provide thought-provoking lectures on the fascinating locations we will be viewing, history of the cultures and climate factors that shape these areas.  Origins’ guest speakers will each give lectures and participate in several interactive discussions on topics including: climate change; the Northern Lights; current and upcoming challenges in neuroscience and artificial intelligence; and visions of the future from science and literature.

Issues such as global shifts in water budgets, our understanding of how behavior relates to brain activity, and the way in which society deals with the presence of artificial intelligence, will drive the future of society in the 21st century and beyond.  Join us to explore up close the world as it is, and the world as it might become.

Photo courtesy of Lauritz Schönfeld

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

• Search for arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, muskoxen, whales, seals and seabirds

• Hike the tundra, visit an Inuit community and explore breathtaking fjords

• Cruise in a Zodiac to explore icebergs, glaciers, fjords and more

• Meet locals and experience traditional Inuit settlements

• Visit Norse historical sites and learn about this fascinating culture

• Observe up close the impacts of climate change on glaciers and ecology of the Arctic

GUEST SPEAKERS

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels, as well as The Daydreamer, a set of stories for children. He has written many screenplays as well as the libretto for an opera. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, 1975, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize, Atonement, Saturday, Solar and Sweet Tooth. His novels On Chesil Beach and The Children Act, were recently adapted by him for the screen. 2019 saw the publication of Machines Like Me, a novel about artificial intelligence.

Raymond Dolan

Raymond Dolan is a Mary Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Director of the Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing, at UCL. He was founding Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Neuroimaging (2006). His primary research interests include how the brain processes reward, the impact of reward on learning and the architecture of decision making. In his work he has pioneered computational approaches as a bridge in understanding the complex relationship between overt behaviour and associated patterns of brain activity. Dolan holds an honorary Professorship at the Humboldt University Berlin and is an External Member of the Max Planck Society. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) and a Fellow Royal Society (FRS). In 2016, the Allen Institute ranked him as the second most influential neuroscientist of the modern era. He is the recipient of numerous international awards including an Alexander Von Humboldt International Research Award (2004), the Minerva Foundation Golden Brain Award (2006), the Max Planck International Research Award (2007), the Klaus Joachim Zülch Prize (2013) and the Brain Prize (2017). He gave the Alan Turing Centenary Lecture Series (2012) and was recently awarded the Royal Society Ferrier Medal and Lecture (2019).

Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss (President, The Origins Project Foundation) is an internationally known theoretical physicist, bestselling author, and an acclaimed lecturer. He has also appeared regularly on radio and television, as well as in several feature films. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and outreach, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society. He has held numerous endowed professorships and distinguished research appointments. The author of more than 500 publications and 10 popular science books, his latest book, The Greatest Story Ever Told–So Far, was released in March 2017.

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