The idea is to build a replica of The HMS Beagle - the ship that carted Darwin around the world – and recreate his voyage, doing experiments along the way. These include a fairly awesome collaboration with the NASA and the ISS. Science aside, it’s basically a publicity stunt, but an excellent one. You should donate.
There’s something exciting about this. I think it’s because the idea is so tangible. It’s a bloody great ship from another era, made out of the proper wood and everything, doing cool modern stuff. It’s a laboratory, a library and museum all in one.
Karen’s talk was enthusiastic and funny. She’s a great science communicator. She also seems to be good at getting stuff done. I wanted to speak to her about the project after the talk but for various reasons I didn’t get the chance.