United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Call for a Conference of interest to Life Sciences


An international conference on Antarctic marine ecosystems science, ocean conservation and solutions: dedicated to the 200th year anniversary of the Antarctic continent discovery by F. Bellingshausen and M. Lazarev Russian expedition

Dear Colleagues,

The Conference Organizing Committee would like to invite you to the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem Futures Scientific Conference to be held in Moscow, Russia from the 13-15th of May, 2020 co-hosted by WWF Russia and the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of Russian Academy of Sciences.

The goal of the Conference is to foster collaboration between scientists studying Antarctic marine ecosystems to inform policy and to highlight the role of collaborative science in Antarctica. During the Conference the participants will discuss the state of, and emerging threats to the Antarctic marine ecosystems; key challenges; and possible solutions.

The conference outputs are under consideration, with the intention to produce a synthesis piece for peer reviewed publication and dissemination of relevant information to Southern Ocean governing bodies.

Main topics

  • Scientific research in Antarctica: history, achievements, gaps, challenges and opportunities
  • Collaboration: examples of previous collaboration and ways to collaborate in the future
  • Antarctic marine ecosystems: structure and functioning
  • Changes and challenges for Antarctic marine ecosystems: climate change, invasive species, human activities
  • Antarctic krill: science, management and conservation
  • Marine mammals and seabirds: ecology, distribution, trends and challenges
  • Solutions and conservation measures including Marine Protected Areas, the role of science and the scientific community

Program Committee

  • Vyacheslav Rozhnov, Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of Russian Academy of Sciences, co-chair
  • Igor Chestin, WWF Russia, co-chair
  • Vyacheslav Bizikov, The Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO)
  • Susie Grant, British Antarctic Survey
  • Valery Lukin, The Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI)
  • Michail Flint, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Ari Friedlaender, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Yan Ropert-Coudert, Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, CNRS UMR7372
  • César Cárdenas, Instituto Antártico Chileno

Organizing Committee

  • Boris Solovyev, WWF Russia
  • Sarah Davie, WWF Antarctic Program
  • Chris Johnson, WWF Antarctic Program
  • Irina Onufrenya, WWF Russia
  • Vasily Spiridonov, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences

Languages of the Conference
Russian and English; simultaneous translation will be provided

Important Dates

  • July, 25 2019 – Registration is open.
  • October, 1 2019 – Second information letter
  • February, 1, 2020 - Preliminary program with speakers will be circulated
  • February 15, 2020 - Registration closes

Further information
Available from the conference web-page: https://antarcticfutures.org/

How to register
Please fill out the web based form: https://antarcticfutures.org/

E-mail: info@antarcticfutures.org

We would like to encourage you to register your interest in attending via the website and if you have any questions please do get in touch with us via the contacts email address and we will do our best to answer your queries.

Kind regards,

Boris Solovyev

on behalf of the Organising Committee