Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015

From 30 June - 5 July 2015, researchers from across the UK joined forces to present our ‘Vanishing Glaciers of Everest’ exhibit at the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London. The team from Sheffield, Aberystwyth, Leeds, Northumbria, and Hertfordshire universities presented the exhibit to over 14,000 visitors, including school groups from across the country, and were assisted by Everest Summiter Mollie Hughes during the final weekend.

From the Royal Society:
“The Summer Science Exhibition is an annual display of the most exciting cutting-edge science and technology in the UK. This week-long festival features 22 exhibits from the forefront of innovation. You can meet the scientists, try some of the hands-on activities or attend some inspiring talks and events.”

The exhibit focused on the response of Everest’s glaciers to climate change, including the Khumbu Glacier, which is the highest in the world and is home to Everest Base Camp.  The glaciers in the region are rapidly thinning and while the driving processes are still not yet fully understood, the implications for changing meltwater generation and seasonality will have far reaching implications. The glaciers represent the “water towers” for much of Asia, feeding rivers that support 1.3 billion people in countries such as Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan. Part of the team will continue the field research this coming October on the Khumbu Glacier.

Phil Porter and Neil Glasser drew the crowds...

...whilst Mollie Hughes inspired the visitors with her ascent of Everest:

Everest summiter @MollieJHughes inspiring visitors @royalsociety for our last day of @EverestRSSSE #summerscience pic.twitter.com/VktaYkDEXd

We dressed up smart for the VIP evening soirees and made the most of the exquisite food selection:

Ready for our first soirée @royalsociety #summerscience pic.twitter.com/76gVHxnUIs

Duncan Quincey spoke to Geographical Magazine about our research...

...and we met journalist ...

...and MP Paul Blomfield:

Our melting ice was a hit in the scorching London heat...

...but if you couldn't make it you can still watch an overview of our research...

...or listen to Neil Glasser's appearance on BBC Wales:

Stay tuned for our outreach plans in 2016!