EXPLORE THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
Monday, June 12 to Sunday, June 18 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | National Geographic Museum
The National Geographic Museum is great for all ages and features a wide range of changing exhibitions, from interactive experiences to stunning photography showcases featuring the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists. Our current exhibitions include Earth Explorers, Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry, and National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here. The National Geographic Museum is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Thursday, June 15 & Friday, June 16 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | National Geographic Society
Each year, some of the most innovative explorers in the world come together at National Geographic headquarters to share their discoveries, breakthroughs, and amazing stories from the field. This year’s event welcomes a fascinating community of scientists and conservationists, storytellers and change makers for two days of inspirational and thought-provoking presentations. Vital topics include new challenges in conservation, how citizen science is making a difference, transformative technology, and how storytelling can change the world. View the schedule and speakers below.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
- BREAKTHROUGH | 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Kick off the day with a fascinating discussion featuring internationally renowned National Geographic Explorers who will share their latest breakthroughs and challenges. Speakers: Lee Berger, Sarah Parcak, and Enric Sala.
- EXPLORATION IN PROGRESS | 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM: Brief lightning-round talks where more than 20 National Geographic Explorers will share updates on their current projects.
- INTRODUCING THE 2017 EMERGING EXPLORERS | 2:00 PM - 2:15 PM: Honoring our new class of innovative thinkers and change makers from around the world. Meet our 2017 Emerging Explorers.
- TRANSFORMATIVE TECH | 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM: These creative minds are deploying innovative technology to aid new discoveries and a deeper understanding of our planet. Speakers: Charlie Hamilton James, Corey Jaskolski, Jennifer Lopez, and Grace Young.
- COMMUNITY INNOVATORS | 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM: Working hand in hand with local communities to protect cultural heritage as well as critical ecosystems. Speakers: Keolu Fox, Hindou Ibrahim, Hotlin Ompusunggu, and Joe Riis.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
- PRESENTATION OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY/BUFFET AWARDS FOR LEADERSHIP IN CONSERVATION | 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Recognizing local leaders in conservation from Latin America and Africa
- EVOLVING PLANET | 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM: Investigating the transformation of our planet from millions of years ago to the present day. Speakers: Ryan Carney, Federico Fanti, and M Jackson.
- CITIZENS OF SCIENCE | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Inspiring the next generation of explorers and activating citizen scientists around the world to help answer critical questions. Speakers: Joe Grabowski and David Lang.
- CONFLICTS OF NATURE | 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM: Researchers and conservationists share unique perspectives on how wildlife and wild places are impacted by human conflict. Speakers: Adjany Costa, Mateus Mutemba, Ricardo Moreno, Danielle Lee
- PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CHANGE | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Harnessing the power of photography to inform, inspire, and transform public option. Speakers: Ronan Donovan, Joel Sartore, Anand Varma
NAT GEO NIGHTS: INTO THE OKAVANGO
Thursday, June 15| 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM | National Geographic Society
Join Nat Geo Explorers for a night of great music, food, and drinks. In a special Explorers Festival presentation, guests will meet members of an amazing team that have spent the past two years navigating the Okavango River Basin as part of an impressive endeavor to help document and protect one of the last truly wild places on Earth.
BYT & NAT GEO’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, AN EXPLORERS FESTIVAL AFTER-HOURS
Friday, June 16| 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM | National Geographic Society
National Geographic is teaming up with BrightestYoungThings.com to bring you an excellent adventure to remember. This special Explorers Festival after-hours campus takeover will feature great music, explorer talks and experiences, bars, exclusive museum access, lasers, and (maybe...just maybe) a time traveling phone booth. Join hundreds of BYTs for this wild ride. Being an explorer is highly encouraged, but being excellent is mandatory.
RED PLANET VS. BLUE PLANET: WHERE DO WE EXPLORE NEXT?
Saturday, June 17| 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM | National Geographic Society
Explore this thought-provoking question with some of the world’s best explorers and storytellers as they talk about the future of exploration on this planet and across the galaxy. Our host for the day, the entertaining environmental anthropologist and Nat Geo 2011 Explorer of the Year Kenny Broad, will take you on a journey from the surface of Mars to the depths of the ocean as we learn from the best and brightest in exploration. This daylong session will include the following conversations:
- LEAVING TERRA FIRMA: Since ancient times, humans have been driven to leave the security of land behind. Join ocean and space experts as they take part in a lively discussion about the risks and rewards of pushing the limits of our human boundaries. Speakers: Joel Achenbach (Moderator), Bob Ballard, Bethany Elhman, and Colonel Chris Hadfield.
- A NEW HUMAN TIDE: Technological breakthroughs are making long-term colonization of both Mars and the ocean real possibilities. This fascinating conversation will reveal what it would take for humans to survive the transition and make it a lasting success. Speakers: Constance Adams, Nadia Drake (Moderator), Alan Leonardi, Joe Quirk, and Lucianne Walkowicz.
- NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Experts shine a light on some of the breakthrough discoveries and surprising insights that are giving us a whole new perspective on just staying home. Speakers: Sylvia Earle, Ira Flatow (Moderator), Kevin Hand, and Jane Root.
- JUST ANNOUNCED: Special StarTalk Live Taping with Neil deGrasse Tyson and James Cameron.
CELEBRATION OF EXPLORATION CULINARY EXPEDITION & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AWARDS
Saturday, June 17| 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM | George Washington University Courtyard & Lisner Auditorium
Join the biggest names in exploration as we pay tribute to the visionaries who push boundaries and change our world for the better. Festivities will begin with a global culinary adventure featuring an array of cuisines prepared by some of D.C.’s most celebrated chefs like Victor Albisu of Del Campo, Amy Brandwein of Centrolina and Todd Gray of Equinox, complemented by cultural performances highlighting National Geographic’s work around the world.
We’ll continue the evening in Lisner Auditorium with a star-studded show hosted by writer and comedian Mo Rocca, with filmmaker and explorer James Cameron, TV host Jason Silva and a special performance by X Ambassadors lead signer Sam Harris. During the show we will proudly honor astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, photojournalist Brian Skerry, and clean-energy visionaries Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg of Solar Impulse, who have led the crusade to preserve the planet for future generations.
FURTHER FILM FESTIVAL
Sunday, June 18| 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM | National Geographic Society
National Geographic opens the curtain on an exciting new film festival showcasing the amazing work—and inspired vision—of our explorers in the field. Be the first to preview this year’s top entries, and join the filmmakers and explorers for an inside look at the stories behind the stories.