June 8th, 2018

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A Contemporary Exploration Explorers Club x TBA21-Academy

During the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference leading artists, scientists, explorers and conservationists will transform The Explorers Club into a place of collaboration, participation and inspiration through a dynamic cross-disciplinary program exploring the most pressing issues facing our ocean today. Organized by TBA21–Academy, and unfolding through four thematic sessions on June 5 and 6, A Contemporary Exploration reveals how alliances across disciplines and knowledge sharing can generate solutions for conserving and sustainably using the oceans.



Exploratory Themes
Art and Artists on the Ocean

Scientific Discoveries and Strategies for Change

Oceanic Stories and Narratives

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Session 1

2.00pm  | A Poetic Pacific Introduction – Rosanna Raymond, Acti.VA.tor, SaVAge K'lub

2.10pm  | The Explorers Club: Into The Future – Ted Janulis, President, The Explorers Club

2.30pm  | The Ocean As Narrative – Christopher Myers, Writer-Illustrator

2.50pm  | The Artist Through The History Of Oceanography – In conversation: D Graham Burnett, Amphibian, with Mark Dion, Artist

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Session 2

3.30pm  | A Poetic Pacific Interlude – Rosanna Raymond, Acti.VA.tor, SaVAge K'lub

3.35pm  | Implementing Strategies For Change – Panel discussion: Margaret Leinen, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Neil Davies, Zoologist & Executive Director, UCB Gump Station; Dayne Buddo, Marine Biologist, Alligator Head Foundation; Françoise Gaill, Emeritus Research Director, CNRS. Chaired by Dee Kyne, Chairperson, Alligator Head Foundation

4.25pm  | Seeing The Ocean: Marine Creatures Perspective – David Gruber, Marine Biologist & Professor, City University of New York

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Session 3

4.55pm  | A Poetic Pacific Interlude – Acti.VA.tor, SaVAge K'lub

5.00pm  | Art On The Ocean – Joan Jonas, Artist

5.15pm | Thomas Esang "Tommy" Remengesau, Jr, the President of the Republic of Palau

5.35pm  | The Art Of Exploration – Francesca von Habsburg, Founder & Chairperson, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)

5.55pm  | Climate Change And The Ocean – Walter Munk, Professor of Geophysics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

6.15pm  | Closing remarks – Markus Reymann, Director, TBA21–Academy


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Organization Name
Explorers Club x TBA21-Academy
Organization Type
Other Exploration Club
Member of Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)
Participant in AZA's SAFE Campaign


As part of our celebration, we plan to do the following:
  • Event is open to the public
  • Media would be welcome
  • Event will include some special activities or engagements for youth and/or young adults
  • The event will touch on the following themes:
  • Event will be highlighting organization's own efforts to reduce use of plastic


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