Announcing the Ice Alive Grantees!

It is our great pleasure to finally announce the recipients of the first ever Ice Alive grants. From a very strong field of applications we decided to fund these three projects because we think they will deliver lasting impact and bring new knowledge of our changing cryosphere to diverse new audiences. We’ll be providing updates about each project on this blog.


1. Pixel movers and makers

Pixel Movers and Makers is a unique collaboration between author/illustrator Marlo Garnsworthy and software engineer Kevin Pluck. Their animated videos, infographics and artwork are excellent examples of fresh and truly innovative Polar sci-comm. We’re delighted to be able to support their new series of animations and the related outreach. Like Ice Alive, Pixel Movers and Makers survives on “elbow grease and midnight oil” and a commitment to communicating our changing cryosphere to a global audience - we’re delighted that our missions have aligned on this project!

2. Kat Austen, “The matter of the soul”

“The Matter of the Soul” is a symphony performance that will communicate the transformations that occur when ice melts and flows to the sea. Ice Alive funding will allow Kat to enrich the performance by bringing on board two new musicians specifically to enhance the emotional engagement by improvising at the premiere. This inventive Polar science communication project draws upon sounds and rhythms drawn from real measurements from Polar science projects recorded from hacked pH and electrical conductivity meters to create moving soundscapes. We can’t wait to hear it! You can find more information and buy tickets to the event here.

3. Fabian Wadsworth, “Ice Songs”

Fabian’s project will create a mentorship program between Polar scientists and poets worldwide and host an international poetry competition. The goal of the mentorship is that the scientist and the poet mutually benefit from exposure to one another’s work and thought processes. Fabian has some experience in the icy parts of our planet, having been poet-in-residence in Northern Iceland in 2014. In Fabian’s own words, “I’ve realised how advantageous this conversation between science and art can be, yielding unique insights on both sides”.