Science center on MS Roald Amundsen
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon Photo

Onboard Science Program

Our Science Program has one goal: To increase your curiosity, knowledge, and interest of the areas where we sail.

Our expedition ships are the perfect platform for scientific research. With access to remote regions and onboard experts, we provide invaluable data to the scientific community—with the help of our guests!

We invite our guests to participate in science activities to develop a greater understanding of the region in which they travel, becoming true ambassadors, and returning home to champion the protection of our planet’s most fragile ecosystems.

The core of the Citizen Science programs

  • Our self-designed lecture program.
  • Our guests have hands-on experiences in our Science Centers to reinforce the learnings in our lecture program.
  • The Citizen Science program allows our guests to participate in research projects for third-party organizations.
  • We carry scientific equipment to collect samples on behalf of research institutes.
  • Scientific personnel are on board to conduct collaborative science programs.

Examples of Scientific Research On Board

  1. Seabird Distribution with the Antarctic Site Inventory — Surveys throughout the Antarctic Peninsula that help scientists understand how seabirds use different habitats and provide valuable information about their life cycles.

  2. Cloud Observations with the Globe Program — By observing and recording cloud cover timed to NASA satellite fly-overs, guests help scientists understand how cloud cover affects surface and air temperature and how clouds respond to the changing climate.

  3. Happywhale — We help track individual whales throughout the world’s oceans by harnessing the power of our enthusiastic whale-watching guests, thus expanding scientific knowledge of whale behavior and distribution.

  4. Sea Leopard Project — A non-profit study aimed at better understanding the behavior, ecology, and population dynamics of leopard seals on the Antarctic Peninsula, along with promoting their conservation and safe human-seal interactions.

  5. Fjord Phyto — Study phytoplankton to better understand how they respond to water temperature changes in the polar regions, providing a key to help mitigate future environmental impacts.

Science Center

Join the Expedition Team for a range of lectures, photography workshops, and Citizen Science projects. The Science Center also features advanced scientific and educational equipment, such as microscopes and interactive maps.

Lecture Hall

In-depth talks on history, climate change, sustainability, wildlife, Earth science, culture, and other topics specific to the destinations you are visiting. Learning more about each subject is certain to enhance your expedition cruise experience.

Webinar: Science Program

Our Science Program has one goal: To increase your curiosity, knowledge, and interest of the areas where we sail.

In this webinar you can learn more about

  • What the Science Program is about
  • Learn from the experts on board
  • Facilities, equipment, and activities
  • Citizen Science research projects and how you can contribute

Speaker: Verena Meraldi