Your Hosts for the Weekend

Joe Grabowski is a science communicator and scuba diver working to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers. He is the founder of the nonprofit Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, which brings science, exploration, adventure, and conservation into classrooms across North America through virtual speakers and field trips. Since 2015, he’s hosted well over 1,500 live events connecting hundreds of thousands of students with leading scientists and explorers from over 80 countries. Joe is using technology to open the most remote corners of the planet to classrooms, sending textbook-sized satellite units into the field with explorers so they can live broadcast into classrooms from the most remote regions on the planet. In 2017, he was selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and shortly after became National Geographic’s first Education Fellow were he founded National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom program. Joe is a top 50 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Explorers Club. An avid scuba diver for the past decade, he's always looking for an excuse to sink beneath the waves.

Paul Rose is a man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet. He is an experienced television presenter and radio broadcaster. With a proven track record in business engagements, Paul is a sought-after speaker, chairman, host and moderator for industry, government and NGO events. A Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society(link is external) and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions(link is external).

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station(link is external), Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen's Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he received the US Polar Medal. His professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey's Institute Diving Officer. He ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and trained many emergency response dive teams including the Police, Fire Department and Underwater Recovery Teams. He remains a current and active PADI Dive Instructor.

Wes Della Volla fell in love with storytelling in high school thanks to the persistence of one teacher, Mrs Christie Marks, who knowingly shoved a camera in his hand and script in his face. Thanks to that brief taste of editorial control, and an excuse to skip most classes my senior year to work on his “final project”, he foolishly decided to become a TV producer. Wes has helped produce Emmy and Peabody Award winning documentaries for National Geographic, non-award winning crime docu-dramas for Discovery ID, and educational videos for high school kids that were actually entertaining. He created live events and experiences for The National Geographic Society for nearly five years. Where he spent his days devising ways to make people not realize they are learning while enjoying a beer and a laugh, or get them to blindly stick their faces into VR headsets. Never one to shy away from flat-out absurdly unachievable challenges Today, he focuses his passion for innovation, collaboration, and storytelling with new partners who share the goal to keep us socially connected in a time of physical distancing. Wes is now developing virtual experiences that elevate, educate, and of course, entertain as the Founder and Connector of Dots at Meridian Treehouse - a Washington, D.C. based strategic storytelling & experience innovation collective.

Jesse Hildebrand is a Science Communicator from Toronto working to connect scientists and explorers with the public through digital and live events across Canada. He is the VP of Education at Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants where he's brought in over a hundred new speakers and hosted 600+ broadcasts since 2015. He is the founder of Science Literacy Week - a national science festival held across Canada every September and run through NSERC in the federal government. He also produced The Story Collider podcast in Toronto for three years, helping showcase the human side of science. Finally, he is a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow and a member of the Explorers Club who took part in an Expedition to Madagascar in 2019.

Where in the World are the Speakers?

Our speakers are joining us from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, the UK, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the Seychelles, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Australia!

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