Risk! Fail! Explore!-Cancelled

  • Date
    December 10, 2013
  • Time 7:30 p.m.
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Starting at $24

Past Event

Picture of a scientist descending a glacier
A scientist descends a perilous glacier to measure ice loss.

Photograph by James Balog

Picture of Victoria Jensen

VIctoria Jensen

Photograph by Marco Grob

This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather, and all tickets will be refunded. If you have additional questions please call 202–857-7700 on Wednesday December 11.

Get a fascinating perspective on failure from frontline scientists and explorers whose work involves taking calculated risks. Inspired by the article “Failure Is an Option” in the September 2013 National Geographic, a panel moderated by Marc Silver, National Geographic’s deputy editor for text, will look at how risk and failure are indispensable to scientific progress. Participants include virologist Victoria Jensen, who studies dangerous viruses; herpetologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Zoltan Takacs, who travels the world in search of venomous snakes; archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow Sarah Parcak, who uses satellite technology to locate hidden Egyptian antiquities; extreme filmmaker and kayaker Trip Jennings, who has paddled white water to explore rivers around the world and made a first descent of the notoriously dangerous lower Congo River; and climber Peter Athans, known as “Mr. Everest” for his numerous successful ascents of that epic mountain.

View a photo gallery of famous failures from the history of exploration.

Hear Pete Athans describe a recent expedition to Nepal:

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