TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY: XIIth SCAR International Biology Symposium in Leuven (Belgium), 10-14 July 2017

(pending final NSF approval)
XIIth Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research International Biology Symposium
Scale Matters
Leuven, Belgium, 10-14 July 2017

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) International Biology Symposium is held every four years and will be in Belgium from 10-14 July 2017 ( The XIIth SCAR International Biology symposium will bring together scientists from around the world with interests in Antarctic biology. The Symposium is an excellent opportunity to present, view and discuss the most recent and important results of research on Antarctic biology and related disciplines.

This year’s theme is Scale Matters, and researchers involved in all aspects of Antarctic biology are invited to submit contributions. Topical sessions will include biological linkages from molecular to global scales, and include sessions on societal relevance of polar research.  Organisms from all environments will be discussed from microbes to vertebrates. Basic research, as well as applied scientific investigations, will be presented.

Travel Grant Opportunity: Applications for partial travel support (airfare and meeting registration) are sought from students, post-doctoral researchers and other scientists at US institutions (funding cannot be provided to anyone at a non-US institution). Preference will be given to early career investigators (students and those within 5 years of completing PhD). Individuals from underrepresented groups in the sciences (i.e., women, persons with disabilities, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians) are encouraged to apply. Funding will be provided by the National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs (pending final approval).

Eligibility: 1) You must be employed by/enrolled in a U.S. institution. 2) You must present a talk or poster at the 2017 SCAR Biology Symposium. 3) Applicants may not have access to current NSF grants with travel funds for meetings.

Application: The application form is available at
Reimbursement of funds will require submission of receipts for air travel purchased through a US-flag carrier (no exceptions) and meeting registration. Travel advances are not possible, and credit card statements are not valid as receipts.

Deadline for Applications: 4 Jan 2017. (Decisions are expected by 30 Jan 2017.)

Questions: Contact Deneb Karentz (, University of San Francisco.

2017 Glacial Seismology Training School – APPLY NOW at

A training school focused on exploring glacial seismology will be held from 11-17 June 2017 on the campus of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.  The program will include lectures and practical exercises aimed at current and emergent seismological studies of glacial dynamics, structure, seismogenic processes, and seismic observables.   While primarily aimed at graduate students and early career scientists, all interested parties are encouraged to apply regardless of career or experience level.  There is no registration fee, and participants will be provided with food and lodging for the duration of the training school.  Funding for additional travel expenses, including airfare, may also be available for both US and non-US participants.  For more information on the school and how to apply, visit

SCAR-COMNAP-APECS Fellowship Application webinar

Preparing a successful fellowship application is a skill.  Often, lack of success with applications is not due to a poor research idea but comes down to the inability to express clearly and confidently, in writing, your research to someone else.  Everyone’s writing skills can be improved and be made more effective.  This mentoring activity is designed to help early career persons with developing their fellowship proposal writing skills. It is particularly meant for young researchers in countries with a small or just developing Antarctic research community that may not have adequate mentoring in their home institutions.

To register:

Webinar ID: 100-249-219
Participants will receive an email with the log-in link for the session once they have registered.

Webinar Agenda:
Introduction to the SCAR/COMNAP Fellowships programme
Personal reflection by past Fellow on experience and impact of programme
Growth of programmes and current expectations
Assessment criteria for the programmes
What makes a successful application
Things to avoid
Q&A to panel for advice on proposal writing

Provisional speakers and panel members:
Prof Karin Lochte, Director, Alfred Wegener Institute, SCAR Vice President for CBET
Dr Michelle Rogan-Finnemore, Executive Secretary, COMNAP
Dr Mahlon (Chuck) Kennicutt II, ex-President of SCAR
Dr Kelly Kenison Falkner, Director, Division of Polar Programs, NSF
Prof Jane Francis, Director, British Antarctic Survey
Dr Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary, European Polar Board, ex-SCAR Executive Officer
Dr Gerlis Fugmann, Executive Director, APECS
Dr David Walton, Editor, Antarctic Science
Prof Anna Wahlin, co-Chair SOOS
Dr Jenny Baeseman, SCAR Executive Director
Dr Eoghan Griffin, SCAR Executive Officer

For more details go to

SCAR OSC Side Meeting Schedule now available


The Side Meeting Schedule for the SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 20-30 August is now available.

You can see the list of meetings here:

Many of these meeting are open and we especially encourage those who many not have participated in a SCAR group before to join a meeting and learn more about what SCAR does and how you can get involved.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that abstracts are due 14 February.

For a list of mini-symposia and session descriptions visit:

Abstract submission guidelines can be found here:

To submit your abstract, visit

Accommodation information is also now available on the website. A list of suggested hotels and booking procedures can be found here:

Also remember to receive the early bird registration rate, register before 5 May here:


Travel Funds Anticipated for U.S. Participants in the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference


Travel Funds Anticipated for U.S. Participants in the SCAR Open Science Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – August 20th – 27th, 2016

It is expected that funds will be available to support participation of U.S. scientists in the 7th biennial SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (meeting website: The theme is Antarctica in the Global Earth System:  from the Poles to the Tropics.  The Open Science Conference is an international and interdisciplinary meeting that brings together scientists of all ages from around the world with interests in Antarctica and the southern ocean. Funds are intended primarily to support early-career scientists , graduate students and individuals who would increase the diversity of the polar science community.  Participation in the SCAR Open Science Conference and ancillary meetings of SCAR scientific groups provides individuals with the opportunity to contribute to international science initiatives. Individuals at all levels (students to senior researchers) interested in engaging in international collaborative activities and, potentially, assuming active leadership roles in SCAR groups, are particularly encouraged to participate.  Those with meeting travel funds included in their Antarctic awards are not eligible for this travel support.

Eligibility and Application: Successful applicants must present a talk or poster at the symposium and must be enrolled at or employed by a U.S. institution. An application form will be posted on the U.S. SCAR web site:  To apply for travel funds, download the application form and send it together with your submitted OSC abstract to Terry Wilson ( by March 15th, 2016.  In order to maximize the number of participants supported, we anticipate that the funding per individual will be in the range of $1,000-2,250 USD, with lesser amounts awarded to more well established applicants. All associated air travel must be on US-flagged carriers.

If you plan to apply for a travel award, could you please send an email right away to Terry Wilson ( to notify us of your interest?

The Abstract Deadline for the OSC is February 14th, 2016 – Submit soon!

Antarctic Organizations Launch Fellowships for 2016

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2016 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2016

Three leading Antarctic organizations today announce opportunities for early-career researchers.  The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research.

SCAR and COMNAP have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers.  The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to USD $15,000 each and up to six fellowships in total are on offer for 2016.  The fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.  The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 1 June 2016.

The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with CCAMLR’s Scientific Scholarship Scheme.  The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AUD $30,000 to assist early-career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years.  The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term.  The deadline for CCAMLR applications is 1 October 2016.

All three schemes are being jointly promoted by the three organizations.

For more information on SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships, visit the SCAR website at:

or the COMNAP website at:
For information on CCAMLR Scholarships, visit the CCAMLR website at:


Background information:

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
Contact: Eoghan Griffin, Executive Officer ( Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU).  SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.  The scientific business of SCAR is conducted by its Standing Scientific Groups which represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research and report to SCAR.  In addition to carrying out its primary scientific role, SCAR also provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other organizations, on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)
Contact: Michelle Rogan-Finnemore, Executive Secretary ( brings together the National Antarctic Programs of 30 Antarctic Treaty countries.  Formed in 1988, the purpose of COMNAP is to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica.  It does this by: Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner; Facilitating and promoting international partnerships; Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programs’ pool of expertise.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
Contact: Andrew Wright, Executive Secretary ( Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established by international convention in 1982 with the objective of conserving Antarctic marine life.  CCAMLR is an international commission with 25 Members, and a further 11 countries have acceded to the Convention.  Based on the best available scientific information, the Commission agrees a set of conservation measures that determine the use of marine living resources in the Antarctic.  CCAMLR practices an ecosystem-based management approach.  This does not exclude harvesting, as long as such harvesting is carried out in a sustainable manner and takes account of the effects of fishing on other components of the ecosystem.

SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference Registration Open

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22-26 August 2016. This conference will focus on Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the world.

Early bird registration is available at a reduced rate until 5 May

This is also a reminder that abstracts are due on 14 February and early submission is encouraged. The conference program, including sessions and descriptions, is available on the conference website:

We are also happy to announce the availability of exhibitor space. If you are interested, please contact Nasaruddin Rahman. 

We would also like to encourage you to nominate outstanding women working in Antarctic researchsupport and coordination for the Wikibomb that will be held as part of the conference. For more information, please visit

We would also like you to note that many of the SCAR groups will be meeting the Sunday before the conference (21 August) and that the SCAR Delegates meeting will be held after the Open Science Conference from 28-30 August, and that the COMNAP XXVIII General Assembly will be held ‘near-by’ in Goa India, from 16-18 August 2016. So please plan accordingly.

The SCAR Conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia together with the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation and the National Antarctic Research Centre, together with SCAR.