Changing Climates: Photography exhibition documents female scientists on expedition in Arctic

Changing Climates is a photographic exhibition chronicling a group of female scientists on a series of expeditions to the Arctic.

The team, consisting mainly of women, travelled to remote locations in Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, Kamchatka and Svalbard to perform scientific research during the summers of 2016 and 2017.

The exhibition, which runs at The Brick Lane Gallery in London from 5-11 June, showcases images and personal stories of these inspiring women who have travelled to remote places all over the world.

Changing Climates focuses on the women scientists’ work, inspirations and experiences of working under harsh conditions.

Sarah Harpenslager, a postdoctoral researcher at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS), decided to organise an exhibition that documents female researchers in Arctic science out-in-the-field.

During the trips, the women scientists realised that what they took for granted – a group of young women working in a harsh environment like the Arctic – was quite special.

They spoke of how well-meaning male boat captains tried to take their heavy equipment, and astonished male bear guards asked them why they chose to work with mud every day. They realised then that most people still associate science and fieldwork with men, not women.

Changing Climates aims to “challenge persistent unconscious bias and provide people with a clear picture of what scientists actually do”.

Over the course of the exhibition’s run, scientists from the UK and further afield will be present to talk about their travels, explain the science behind it and discuss any gender bias they encountered along the way.

Changing Climates is on at The Brick Lane Gallery, London E1 from 5-11 June

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea





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