Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

February Talk: Ocean Plastics eXXpedition Round-the-World 2019-2021 - 300 Women. 38,000 Nautical Miles. 1 Mission.

We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors will open at 6:00 PM this month. This allows time to join us for light refreshments, pay your membership dues, and to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM and mingle with other members.  

Speakers: Katrin Scholz-Barth: President SustainableQATAR

Date & Time: Wednesday, February  5th  at Doha English Speaking School (DESS).  

Venue: Doha English Speaking School - Map

Synopsis of talk 

A pioneering all-female sailing voyage eXXpeditionis currently under way, with the aims to study plastic pollution and micro plastics and tackle the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastic and toxics in the world’s oceans.

Katrin Scholz-Barth joined award winning oceans advocate and skipper Emily Penn on the mission to set sail in Plymouth, UK in October 2019, and sailed on the challenging first leg of the Round-the-World 2019-2021 voyage from Plymouth, UK to the Azores.

In total, 300 women will sail on this voyage of over 38,000 nautical miles and 30 legs for two years around the world.

In this talk, Katrin will share her experience of how the crew of 14 women managed to master to sail an already notoriously challenging part of the sea through relentless stormy conditions and still managed to collect ocean samples.

You will learn about the international multidisciplinary group of scientists, artists, filmmakers, teachers, doctors, and sustainability experts, and hear their stories as they conduct and document much needed research on ocean plastics. You are invited on board the 73-foot sailing vessel and research lab S.V. Travel Edge and hear first-hand about the five oceanic gyres, which have been recorded as the densest ocean plastic accumulation zones on the planet.

This event is a fundraiser to continue to support the ongoing research.

Speaker biography

Katrin Scholz-Barth, President of SustainableQATAR and Principal of Katrin Scholz-Barth Consulting, is an internationally recognized expert in Sustainability. As part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup QatarTM program she helped define and create the program-wide sustainability and innovation strategies to deliver a carbon-neutral mega sports event in a fragile desert environment. Katrin frequently teaches strategic sustainability and decarbonization to entrepreneurs, addressing the correlation between diligent sustainability business practices and economic performance, green funding and long-term investment potential based on environmental social governance (ESG).

Katrin earned her Executive MBA from HEC Paris and a Master’s of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rostock, Germany. She has practiced engineering and sustainability consulting in Germany, the USA, and in Qatar.

She taught at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania and is a sought after speaker at international conferences. During the 2018/19 and 2020 Arab Innovation Academies she presented the sustainability keynotes.
Katrin co-authored the book Green Roof Systems: A Guide to the Planning, Design and Construction of Building Over Structure, which was published by Wiley and Sons andreleased in April 2009.


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