Roderick Bunschoten

Deventer, Netherlands
IAE 2014

How IAE Inspired Me:

Saxion University of Applied Science sent my team and myself on IAE as ambassadors. Since then we've been involved with many outreach projects in the area, combining science and technology to create awareness about climate change and to discuss what was needed to unite, avert and reverse pollution. Our greatest highlight was to experience the vast scale of remoteness of the Antarctic and its beauty. Even here, humans leave their mark on the landscape; with 87% of glaciers around the Antarctic Peninsula now receding. To see something as pure and seemingly untouchable being destroyed by our species is life-changing.

What I am doing now:

I am currently working on my PhD in Chemistry. I am working on catalysis to make existing chemistry more renewable, leaving a smaller carbon footprint. I am frequently involved with outreach projects to inspire students, inspiring them to pursue a career in science. In my spare time, I am introducing people to the Scottish Highlands, taking them on their own expeditions, climbing mountains and making them aware of the fragility of our natural reserves and systems, inspiring them to join conservation programs.

Maggie Dewane

Maggie Dewane

Washington, DC, USA
IAE 2017

Traveling to Antarctica with 2041 has opened doors to producing news articles, speaking to schools and nonprofits, and to creating a short film on climate change in the southern continent.

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Walter Fernando

Walter Fernando

Chennai, India
IAE 2017

I gained a better understanding of the global perspective on climate issues and how each individual on the expedition were solving problems in their countries and communities.

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Aldo Gomez

Aldo Gomez

Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
IAE 2018

The Expedition was life changing. The effect it had on me can be summarized as a deep and long lasting sense of responsibility and hope.

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Guarav Kikani

Guarav Kikani

San Francisco, CA, USA
IAE 2017

The Expedition was a confluence of emotions and thoughts for me. It inspired a sense of wonder and awe at the sheer force and will of nature.

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Oliver Wheeldon

Oliver Wheeldon

Bloxam, Oxfordshire, England
IAE 2013

The vast diversity on the ship - ages, nationalities and careers, made for such an incredible experience. As someone only just applying to University it was the most wide-ranged introduction to the world I had ever experienced.

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