Explorers Festival

Explorers Week 2015

Connect with National Geographic’s most inspiring and emerging scientists as they reveal their discoveries and adventures during Explorers Week. In from the field, our National Geographic explorers gather together to breathe life into stories of risk, beauty, and nature that make a difference.


Explorers Week Live

Battle for Virunga

Battle for Virunga  

Take a powerful journey with renowned conservationists who have worked tirelessly to understand and protect the mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park.

The Disrupters

The Disrupters  

Take a look at how inventors are reimagining our future with transformers, food cube farms, and a nuclear-waste chomper.


An Evening of Exploration and Discovery

Photographer Paul Nicklen joined journalist Bryan Christy and 2015 Emerging Explorers Ella Al-Shamahi, a paleoanthropologist, and Steve Ramirez, a neuroscientist, to reveal their stories, discoveries, and ongoing pursuits.

Videos and Stories

Learn About the Explorers

Picture of Ella al Shamahi

Meet The 2015 Emerging Explorers  

Get to know the 2015 class of National Geographic Emerging Explorers, a unique group from around the world and across a wide range of disciplines.

National Geographic/Buffett Awards

National Geographic/Buffett Awards  

The annual National Geographic Society/Buffett Awards for Leadership in Conservation to recognize and celebrate unsung heroes working in the field.


Get Involved

Get updates about all of the things you can participate in during Explorers Week, and learn more about what’s happening at the National Geographic Society.