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Top polar scientists on campus for free film event

Two of the country’s top polar scientists will be sharing footage from their expeditions at the Polar Film Festival at Loughborough University next week (Tuesday 3 September).

BBC Frozen Planet science director Dr Mark Brandon and Professor Martin Siegert - Principal Investigator of the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth experiment, will provide a unique insight into working in the Polar Regions as part of an evening exploring their effect on the UK climate.

They are joined by fellow scientists Dr Peter Abbott (Swansea University) and Alexander Ingle (University of Edinburgh) whose films explore the impact of historical climate changes and give a light-hearted snapshot of life living and working in the field.

All four scientists will take part in a panel discussion immediately following the films.

Event organiser Eleanor Darlington said:

“We are delighted to be able to welcome such well-known polar scientists to Loughborough and to find out more about the varied research British scientists are undertaking in the Polar Regions.

“This is an event not to be missed for anyone with an interest in science, climate, or extreme engineering.”

The Polar Film Festival takes place from 6.30-9pm (films begin at 7pm) on Tuesday 3 September at the Stephenson Lecture Theatre in Loughborough University’s Hollywell Park. The event is open to all and is free to attend by registering in advance at or by calling 01509 222797.

The Polar Film Festival is being hosted by Loughborough University’s Department of Geography as part of the International Glaciological Society British Branch Meeting.

For more details on the individual films visit


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/161

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. It has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league, and in recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.


Amanda Overend
Public Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491

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