George Kourounis travels to the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth to document extremes of nature and climate. He frequently finds himself up close to the world's most fearsome forces: vicious tornadoes, the eyes of hurricanes, and inside erupting volcanoes. 

 

Best known for his international TV smash, Angry Planet, Kourounis is a fantastic speaker and a vivid storyteller. His unique and unbelievable explorations have fascinated audiences worldwide, and have often resulted in accomplishing world's firsts. While leading a scientific expedition for National Geographic, searching for microbial life forms in extreme places, George became the first person to ever set foot at the bottom of the Darvaza flaming gas crater, a fiery pit that has been burning for over 45 years in the Turkmenistan desert. More people have stood on the surface of the moon than the Darvaza's crater floor.

 

 

OPENING SESSION

 

George will share his experiences of some of his most extreme expeditions involving water from around the world. He’ll take viewers on a journey from the midst of Hurricane Katrina, as one of the costliest natural disasters in North American history roared ashore all around him, to the dried-up Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, where poor water management created one of the largest ecological disasters the world has ever seen, and more.

 

As someone who spends most of his life chasing down natural disasters and extreme phenomena, he brings with him a unique perspective on the power of water and why it is important through stories of his adventures, and misadventures.

 

Location: Lecture Theatre, Victoria Conference Centre

Date and time: Monday, May 27, 7:30 - 9:15 am