SOURCE: The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club

May 31, 2011 03:00 ET

World's Great Explorers Meet in Berlin; Will Discuss Global Exploration Including "Who Sank the Bismarck?"

June 3-5, 2011

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - One explorer holds the record for the world's deepest dive, another dived to the site of the sunken German battleship Bismarck. They will be joined by the navigator of Thor Heyerdahl's historic reed boat expeditions, a woman famous for her underwater photography, a high altitude doctor who saved lives on Mt. Everest, and other notables in the world of exploration.

All will be in Berlin on June 3-5, 2011, for the first global board meeting of The Explorers Club, the multidisciplinary organization dedicated to scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space. The Club has 3,000 members in 28 chapters worldwide.

Berlin was selected for the meeting because of Germany's dedication to exploration and because the city is the part-time home of Lorie Karnath, only the second woman and 37th president in the historic institution's 107-year-history. During their stay, the 15 U.S. and Canadian Explorers Club officers will have a private tour of the Chancellery, Bundestag, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and the dinosaur bones cellar of Berlin's Museum of Natural History.

Highlights:

  • On Friday, June 3: Presenters are Don Walsh, the Club's Honorary President, who in 1960 was part of the two-man team that reached the deepest point of the world's oceans, the 10,911m Mariana Trench; Club President Lorie Karnath, who conducted numerous flora and fauna studies in the jungles of Borneo; Robert Roethenmund, chapter chair of The Explorers Club's Western Europe chapter, who spent nine months in New Guinea discovering the whereabouts of several planes downed during WWII; and Prince Georg Prinz zur Lippe, owner of Schloss Proschwitz wine estate in Saxony. Location: 1900 at Haus Mendelssohn.
  • On Saturday, June 4: Keynote speaker is American Captain Alfred S. McLaren, USN (Ret.), Ph.D., one of the few people alive today who has studied the German battleship Bismarck with their own eyes. Capt. McLaren inspected the battleship in 4850m of water in the Russian submersible Mir in 2001 and 2002. His talk will help clarify what really happened to the ship -- it's not what one might think. Location: 1900 at Soho House Berlin.

The Explorers Club conference is sponsored by Lorie Karnath, Robert Roethenmund and Mamont Vodka from Siberia (mamontvodka.com). For information on The Explorers Club: explorers.org.

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