GCU to welcome first woman to reach South Pole

16 January 2014

Liv was the first woman to reach the South Pole

Liv was the first woman to reach the South Pole

Norwegian adventurer Liv Arnesen, the first woman to reach the South Pole, is to deliver a guest lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The Polar explorer made international headlines by skiing solo to the South Pole in 1994, covering the 745 miles in 50 days.

Arnesen’s passion for environmental issues led to her appointment to the board of the Thor Heyerdahl Institute in Norway, which has worked with GCU’s Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development for the past 12 years. Collaborations include the delivery of tourism projects in Norway, scholarship development and the provision of a unique Tourism and Heritage Masters programmes.

Arnesen’s lecture will highlight the work of the Institute’s namesake, Heyerdahl, one of the Norway’s greatest 20th century adventurers.

The lecture, which takes place on Wednesday, January 29 in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre, is open to staff, students and the wider community. It will be followed by an exhibition of photographs and a reception.

Professor John Lennon, Vice Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society, and Director of the Moffat Centre, said: “We are delighted to welcome Liv and look forward to hearing about the vision of Thor Heyerdal in respect of understanding our fragile environment. The event accords well with GCU’s ongoing commitment to responsible business leadership and environmental sustainability.”