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SATURDAY, JUNE 8 - TUESDAY, JUNE 11

Explorer Engagement & Trainings

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MONDAY, JUNE 10

Welcome Home Dinner

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Private

TUESDAY, JUNE 11

Explorers Symposium

1 PM - 5 PM | Invite Only | Watch via Live Stream

National Geographic Explorers will join global changemakers on stage to share discoveries, stories, and solutions for driving us toward a planet in balance. We will kick off the Explorers Symposium with a look at the innovative technology and people who are at the forefront of a new era of exploration. Watch Explorers Symposium via live stream. 

SCHEDULE:

THE NEW ERA OF DISCOVERY
Technology is revolutionizing our ability to explore the unseen depths of our ocean and Earth’s most remote, inhospitable and unexamined lands.  By leveraging new technology, we can travel further, discover more, and continue to explore in this new era of discovery.

  • Heather Lynch, Quantitative Ecologist & National Geographic Explorer 
  • Jonatha Giddens, Ocean Conservation Ecologist & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Whitney Goodell, Marine Ecologist & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Holger Klinck, Director, Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and National Geographic Explorer 
  • Moderated by Jean Case, Chairman of the Board, National Geographic Society

PUTTING A SPECIES ON THE MAP 
Our planet is home to millions of species, but it’s the most well-known, popular ones that tend to attract conservation efforts. Discover a few of the lesser-known animals from around the globe, and meet the adventurous scientists working to understand and protect them. 

  • Olivier Nsengimana, , Founder & Executive Director of Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association & 2017 National Geographic/Buffett Award for Conservation Leadership Recipient 
  • Patricia Medici, 2019 National Geographic/Buffett Award for Conservation Leadership Recipient 
  • Rodrigo Medellin, Biologist & National Geographic Explorer at Large

MEET THE SUMATRAN RHINO  
The Sumatran Rhino is at risk of becoming the largest mammal extinction of our century. From cutting edge technology to a consortium of NGO partners coming together with a common goal, this unique approach to saving a threatened species strives to bring this beautiful animal back from the brink. 

  • Colby Bishop, Program Director, National Geographic Society 
  • Corey Jaskolski, Conservationist & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Kira Mileham, Director, Strategic Partnerships, IUCN Species Survival Commission 
  • Moderated by Catherine Workman, National Geographic Society 

CLIMATE CHANGE: AN ORIGIN STORY
Presentation by Isaiah Nengo, Paleontologist, National Geographic Explorer and Director, Turkana Basin Institute, Kenya.

WILDLIFE WATCH: STORIES SPURRING SOLUTIONS
Wildlife trafficking and wildlife tourism are an assault on biodiversity and the world’s most threatened species. The powerful stories emerging from this conflict are exposing complex challenges, fueling solutions, and inspiring people to take action.

  • Brent Stirton, Photographer & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Natasha Daly, Editor, National Geographic Magazine
  • Kirsten Luce, Photojournalist  
  • In conversation with Rachael Bale, Senior Editor, Animals, National Geographic Partners 

NEXT GEN PLANETARY LEADERS
In order to scale efforts to protect the planet, we need to empower the next generation of planetary stewards to be catalysts for change. Hear from dynamic young voices who are leading youth around the globe to create and implement solutions to create a planet in balance. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

Explorers Symposium

9 AM - 4 PM | Invite Only | Watch via Live Stream

Throughout the day, we will highlight new models for conservation, discover ways to live smarter on our planet, and dive into why it’s critical to preserve our last wild places. Watch Explorers Symposium via live stream. 

SCHEDULE:

WHY 30 BY 30?  
Science shows that protecting 30 percent of the planet by 2030 is a critical milestone in preventing the mass extinction of wildlife and plant species. Experts in ocean, land conservation and biodiversity will outline the threats facing our planet and explain why they are committed to the goal of 30 by 30. 

  • Elizabeth Bennett, Vice President, Species Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society 
  • Enric Sala, Founder, National Geographic Pristine Seas & Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
  • Steve Boyes, Conservation Biologist & National Geographic Fellow 

LIVE FROM THE FIELD: TRACKING PLASTICS SEA TO SOURCE
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to our planet. Our all-female Plastics Expedition team, joining live from India, is tracking the garbage from sea to source via river system.

  • Heather Koldewey, Marine Biologist & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Jenna Jambeck, Environmental Engineer & National Geographic Fellow 

DEFINING REALITY AND GIVING HOPE
Presentations by Pete Mueller, Photographer, Multimedia Reporter & National Geographic Fellow and Rue Mapp, CEO, Outdoor Afro & National Geographic Fellow.

MEET THE ROLEX AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE FINALISTS
For four decades, through the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Rolex has supported exceptional individuals who have the courage and conviction to take on major challenges; men and women who have a spirit of enterprise, initiating extraordinary projects that make the world a better place. Be among the first to hear from this year’s inspiring finalists who were selected by an international jury of experts -- and vote for your favorites to help choose five 2019 Laureates who will be supported by Rolex.

  • Emma Camp, Marine Biologist & National Geographic Explorer
  • João Campos-Silva, Fisheries Biologist
  • Grégoire Courtine, Neuroscientist 
  • Pablo Garcia Borboroglu, Biologist and Conservationist & National Geographic/Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation Recipient
  • Brian Gitta, IT Specialist 
  • Krithi Karanth, Conservation Scientist &  National Geographic Explorer
  • Yves Moussallam, Volcanologist & National Geographic Explorer
  • Sara Saeed, Doctor and Public Health Specialist 
  • Miranda Wang, Molecular Biologist and Entrepreneur 
  • Topher White, Technologist & National Geographic Explorer

VIRTUAL REALITY IN THE OKAVANGO DELTA  
Watch elephants come within inches of your face and glide in a traditional canoe through the wetlands of Botswana. National Geographic’s new 360-degree, virtual reality experience transports you to the heart of one of Africa’s most vast, biodiverse regions, and highlights why everyone should want to protect this beautiful landscape. 

  • Adjany Costa, Conservationist, Ichthyologist & National Geographic Explorer 

WHAT’S WORKING: COMPELLING MODELS FOR CONSERVATION
In a rapidly changing world, community-based efforts are critical — engaging the people often best able to protect natural resources and wildlife in the world’s last wild places. Explore how the latest, most successful, and creative methods can be scaled to create a planet in balance.

  • Dominique Goncalves, Ecologist & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Rae Wynn-Grant, Ecologist & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Alex Muñoz, Director, Latin America, National Geographic Pristine Seas Project
  • Moderated by Laurel Chor, Journalist & National Geographic Explorer 

A STORY OF COMMUNITY AND CLIMATE
Presentation by Arati Kumar-Rao, Environmental Photographer and National Geographic Explorer.

DATA-DRIVEN CONSERVATION
Data is the new driver in conservation, enabling us to intervene with precision and directly measure results. Tech tools can help monitor and enforce protected areas and shape new approaches to combating critical threats. Discover what this paradigm shift means for addressing the environment’s most pressing problems. 

  • Naftali Honig, Wildlife Crime Investigator & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Bronwyn Agrios, Geographer & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Katy Croff Bell, Oceanographer & National Geographic Fellow 
  • Moderated by Steve Brumby, National Geographic Society 

5 REASONS TO HOPE 
While the threats facing the natural world are vast, there are incredible people developing creative and innovative solutions that inspire hope and prompt action towards a planet in balance.

National Geographic Awards

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM | Invite Only

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

Explorers Symposium

9 AM - 12 PM | Invite Only | Watch via Live Stream

Our final day will showcase how we catalyze action on behalf of the planet by collecting data, telling stories that inspire and drive change, and empowering future leaders. Watch Explorers Symposium via live stream. 

SCHEDULE:

FUELING EARTH’S ENGINES 
Mountains, rainforests and the ocean’s depths power the planet’s essential natural systems that support life on
Earth. We’ll hear from explorers just back from National Geographic’s expedition to Earth’s highest peak, Mount Everest in Nepal, about the critical role of mountains in sustaining water supplies for billions of people around the world how mountains can inform scientific approaches to protecting our world.

WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF CONSERVATION 
By taking a look at the work of women rangers, guides, scientists, community health workers and educators across the globe, discover how gender equality in conservation elevates the effectiveness of caring for our natural resources.

  • Liliana Gutierrez, Marine Conservationist & National Geographic Explorer 
  • Rebecca Kochulem, Northern Rangelands Trust 
  • Intan Suci-Nurhati, Paleoclimate Scientist, Oceanographer & National Geographic Explorer 
  • Erika Cuellar, Wildlife Conservationist & National Geographic Explorer 
  • Moderated by Kaitlin Yarnall, Chief Storytelling Officer, National Geographic Society 

EMPOWERING CHANGE: STUDENT EXPLORERS
Saving the planet begins in the classroom. When National Geographic explorers and educators connect, students are empowered to make positive change now— they don't have to wait to grow up. Meet an intrepid educator-explorer duo inspiring the next generation of planetary stewards. 

  • Ryan Carney, Biologist & National Geographic Explorer 
  • Jennifer Burgin, Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and National Geographic Certified Educator

A NEW NARRATIVE FOR NATURE 
National Geographic is committed to connecting humans with our natural world, but a new narrative is needed to increase empathy and help people realize the value of nature. With large groups of people living in urban areas, access to nature can be limited, and building champions for nature through science, storytelling, and even video games, is crucial for protecting it. 

  • Gautam Shah, Wildlife Storyteller and National Geographic Explorer
  • Anand Varma, Photographer and National Geographic Fellow
  • Chris Golden, Professor of Planetary Health & Nutrition, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health & National Geographic Explorer 

Party for the Planet

5 PM - 9 PM | Invite Only


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photo credit Randall Scott