National Geographic’s annual Explorers Festival brought together visionary individuals across a range of fields to meet and find ways to collaborate on innovative projects. You can watch the panel discussions online now here.
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. ET
9:10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. ET
Kick off the day with a fascinating discussion featuring internationally renowned National Geographic Explorers who will share their latest breakthroughs and challenges.
Moderated by Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Grants, National Geographic Society
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET
Brief lightning-round talks allow Nat Geo Explorers to share updates on their current projects Moderated by Alex Moen, National Geographic Society Vice President, Explorer Programs
and many more.
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. ET
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
These creative minds are deploying innovative technology to aid new discoveries and develop a deeper understanding of our planet.
Moderated by Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic Society Deputy Director, Centers of Excellence
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. ET
Working hand in hand with local communities to protect cultural heritage as well as critical ecosystems.
Moderated by Chris Thornton, National Geographic Society Senior Director, Grants and Cultural Heritage
Each year, some of the most innovative explorers in the world come together at National Geographic headquarters to share their discoveries, breakthroughs, and amazing stories from the field. This year’s event welcomes a fascinating community of scientists and conservationists, storytellers and change makers for two days of inspirational and thought-provoking presentations. Vital topics include new challenges in conservation, the global impact of citizen science, transformative technology, and the power of storytelling to change the world. View the schedule and speakers below.
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. ET
Recognizing local leaders in conservation from Latin America and Africa.
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ET
Investigating the transformation of our planet from millions of years ago to the present day.
Moderated by Geoff Daniels, Global Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nat Geo WILD
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET
Inspiring the next generation of explorers and activating citizen scientists around the world to help answer critical questions.
Moderated by Dan Beaupre, National Geographic Society Vice President, Education Experiences
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Researchers and conservationists share unique perspectives on how wildlife and wild places are impacted by human conflict.
Moderated by Catherine Workman, National Geographic Society Senior Director, Wildlife
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. ET
Harnessing the power of photography to inform, inspire, and transform public opinion. Moderated by Kathryn Keane, Vice President, Exhibitions, National Geographic Society
4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Explore this thought-provoking question with some of the world’s best explorers and storytellers as they talk about the future of exploration on this planet and across the galaxy. Our host for the day, the entertaining environmental anthropologist and Nat Geo 2011 Explorer of the Year Kenny Broad, will take you on a journey from the surface of Mars to the depths of the ocean as we learn from the best and brightest in exploration. This daylong session will include the following conversations.
Host: Kenny Broad, Environmental Anthropologist, 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year
9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. ET
Since ancient times, humans have been driven to leave the security of land behind. Join ocean and space experts as they take part in a lively discussion about the risks and rewards of pushing the limits of our human boundaries.
Moderated by Joel Achenbach, Author and Staff Writer at The Washington Post
10:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
Technological breakthroughs are making long-term colonization of both Mars and the ocean real possibilities. This fascinating conversation will reveal what it would take for humans to survive the transition and make it a lasting success.
Moderated by Nadia Drake, Science Journalist
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ET
Experts shine a light on some of the breakthrough discoveries and surprising insights that are giving us a whole new perspective on just staying home.
Moderated by Ira Flatow, Radio and Television Journalist