Journalist and Broadcaster
Quentin Cooper is a science journalist and facilitator, best known as the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Material World. He speaks at science festivals and lectures, and works regularly with science and educational organisations such as the Royal Society and the British Council.
Quentin joined Cape Farewell on the 2004 Art/Scence Expedition, circumnavigating Spitsbergen, the main island of the Svalbard archipelago, and sailing almost as far North as possible aboard the Noorderlicht. He returned to the Arctic with Cape Farewell in 2008, joining the Disko Bay Expedition. Since the expeditions Quentin has joined Cape Farewell at a series of events including the Cheltenham Science Festival and UUmmannaq Day at Southbank Centre.
The Material World's 2004 'Arctic Special'
From interviews and recordings made during the voyage Quentin presented a programme following the expedition as part of The Material World. The 30 minute show broadcast on the 30th December 2004 on BBC Radio 4. Click to listen to the program online, archived on the BBC Radio4 website.
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Guardian article: Postcards from the Edge
"Svalbard is Norwegian for 'cold edge'. We're just off that cold edge in a two-masted schooner, the Noorderlicht, almost as far north as it is possible to sail. Between here and the north pole it's largely ice floes and solid ice. We are here because there is significantly less than there once was..." Following the 2004 expedition Quentin Cooper also wrote an article published in the Guardian. The Guardian featured Postcards from the Edge as the cover story for the Life lift-out on the 2nd December 2004.
Cape Farewell starts the New Year 2009 on BBC Radio 4
Following the Disko Bay expedition Quentin hosted a special Material World Cape Farewell show on New Year’s Day 2009, with a programme billed as a ’science-meets-art-meets-a-fair-bit-of-music special from the cold but not quite as cold as they used to be waters off the west coast of Greenland’. Listen again online:
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"For me science isn't a subject, it's a perspective. There are fascinating scientific aspects to everything from ancient history to the latest gadgets, outer space to interior decorating; and each week on The Material World we try to reflect the excitement, ideas, uncertainties, collisions and collaborations as science continues its never-ending voyage into the unknown."