United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research


Polar Research Board: Call for Member Nominations

The National Academies' Polar Research Board (PRB) is currently soliciting nominations for PRB Members. For this call, we particularly encourage nominees with expertise in glaciology, sea ice, marine and terrestrial conservation, hydrology, geology/geophysics, space science, resource management, and science policy. The Board’s purview extends across a wide range of scientific disciplines, and we would also welcome nominees with expertise in permafrost science, physical and biological oceanography, biology and ecology, atmospheric and climate science, sustainability of communities, and other aspects of social science and polar science policy. Nominations are due by Friday, July 8, 2022. Continue Reading

US-SCAR Science Group Meetings

In advance of the virtual SCAR Business Meetings (July 27-29) and the SCAR Open Science Conference (August 1-10), US-SCAR will be holding short (one hour) Zoom sessions to provide overviews of SCAR activities for the Geosciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences Groups. These three Science Groups help to coordinate the international collaborations that are the hallmark of SCAR's work. These Science Groups oversee the three SCAR Scientific Research Programs: Near-term Variability and Prediction of the Antarctic Climate System (AntClimnow), Integrated Science to Inform Antarctic and Southern Ocean Conservation (Ant-ICON) and INStabilities and Thresholds in ANTarctica (INSTANT); and these Science Groups have a number of specialized subsidiary bodies that may be of interest to US scientists. Whether you already know about SCAR or want to learn about SCAR, please join us for these informative sessions. There will be ample time provided for questions and discussion. Come learn how to get involved in SCAR. Continue Reading

2022 OSC Registration Fee Update - fee waived for everyone

SCAR announced today that the registration fee for the Open Science Conference (August 1-10) will be waived for everyone. Attendance at the meeting will be free for all. Continue Reading

SCAR Open Science Conference Registration Fee Reimbursement

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) is held every two years and will be a virtual meeting hosted by India from 1-10 August 2022 (https://scar2022.org/). The SCAR OSC is an excellent opportunity to present, hear about and discuss the most recent and important results of Antarctic research in all disciplines at an international venue. Registration fee reimbursement by US-SCAR: Meeting registration is $25 until June 30 ($50 for non-students after June 30). If needed, US-SCAR can reimburse the registration fee ($25 limit) for early career and other researchers who want to attend the SCAR OSC. All meeting attendees can apply for reimbursement of registration, you do not need to be presenting a talk or a poster. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs, Antarctic Sciences. Continue Reading

Program Manager Chat: Supporting Open Polar and Cryospheric Science at NSF & NASASupporting Open Polar and Cryospheric Science at NSF & NASA

Program Manager Chat: Supporting Open Polar and Cryospheric Science at NSF & NASA. May 31, 4-5pm Eastern. The new Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 articulates the need for continued work towards ethically open data and research practices. But what does “open science” mean for Arctic research funders? And how can you get funding to support it? Come to this IARPC Program Officer Chat with Thorsten Markus & Kaitlin Harbeck (Program Officers for Cryospheric Sciences at NASA) and Allen Pope & Kelly Brunt (Program Officers in the NSF Office for Polar Programs) to talk about what open science means in their programs, and how NASA and NSF provide funding and support to advance open polar and cryospheric science. After short presentations, there will be ample time for Q&A with the panel of program officers. Continue Reading

SCAR OSC Abstract Deadline Extended to 12 June 2022

The deadline for submission of abstracts to the 10th SCAR Open Science Conference has been extended until Sunday, 12th June 2022. Abstracts can be submitted electronically via the Abstract Submission Portal in English on the SCAR 2022 Meetings website. There is no abstract submission fee. The theme of the 10th SCAR Open Science Conference conference is "Antarctica in a Changing World". The conference will be held online. Continue Reading

Reminder: SCAR Open Science Conference abstracts due June 1

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) is held every two years and will be a virtual meeting hosted by India from 1-10 August 2022. The SCAR OSC is an excellent opportunity to present, hear about and discuss the most recent and important results of Antarctic research in all disciplines in an international setting. Abstract submission is open until June 1. There is no abstract submission fee. Meeting registration will start June 2. The meeting registration fee is $25. US-SCAR, through support from NSF, will be able to reimburse US scientists to attend the SCAR OSC. Continue Reading

Webinar on Antarctic Soil Biodiversity

The polar desert of Antarctica continues to be impacted by climate change. What can we learn about the resilience of mosses, lichens and simple soil food webs to increased temperatures and wetting events? Are these ‘pristine systems’ now vulnerable to invasive species? What are scientists learning about the changing polar terrestrial ecosystems, their biodiversity and ecosystem functions that may apply to temperate soils? Join moderator Byron Adams (Brigham Young University, Utah, USA) and panelists Gemma Collins (Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Lowe Centre for Translation Biodiversity Genomics), Claudia Colesie (University of Edinburgh, UK), Jackie Goordial, (University of Guelph, Canada) and Jasmine Lee (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK) for a discussion on hidden soil life, (microbes, invertebrates, cryptogams) and the changing terrestrial environment of Antarctica. May 25, 2022 07:00 AM in Mountain Daylight Time (US and Canada) Continue Reading

Temporary part-time position with SCAR Secretariat

The SCAR Directors are looking for someone to provide short-term contractual support to the SCAR Executive Director (3-6 months) while they are making a phased return to full time working following a period of medical leave. Tasks may vary depending on skills and experience but are expected to comprise largely of delivery of key elements of the SCAR Delegates’ Meeting in September. All interested colleagues with experience of project management, event management with an online component, and an understanding of SCAR’s activities and operations are encouraged to get in touch. Deliverables could vary from administrative tasks through to strategic advice, depending on the experience of the candidate. Remuneration will depend on skills and experience. Continue Reading

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Opportunities to Participate in Construction & Operation of a new Antarctic Research Vessel

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) from the NSF Office of Polar Programs announces the opportunity to participate in a developing project. This announcement invites participation in the development and operation of this prospective Antarctic Research Vessel, through the issue of two Requests for Information, or RFIs. Deadline for responses is June 6, 2022. Continue Reading

Polar Impact Mentee Program - May 20 Deadline

Polar Impact, a network for racial and ethnic minorities in polar research, are thrilled to announce applications for the inaugural Mentorship Initiative are now open! This year-long program will be open to ten mentees who identify as racial or ethnic minorities in polar research and engage with the polar regions through academic research. The program offers opportunities for mentees to develop skills and build relationships through both peer-to-peer and one-to-one mentoring. Applications close on May 20, 2022, and programming will begin in August 2022. Continue Reading

OPP/NSF Update on Science Support and Infrastructure in Antarctica

Dear Colleague Letter: Update on Science Support and Infrastructure in Antarctica. This recently released Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) from the NSF Office of Polar Programs provides an update on the status and future of science support and infrastructure recapitalization in Antarctica as affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and projected information about the availability of field assets for future seasons. Continue Reading

Call for Nominations - SCAR Medals

Consider nominating someone for one of the following 2022 SCAR Medals: (1) The SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, (2) The SCAR Medal for International Coordination, or (3) The SCAR Medal for Education and Communication. Initial nominations for 2022 awards are open until 18 May 2022. Continue Reading

PSECCO Advisory Board Openings for Early Career Scientists

The Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) invites US-based early career polar scientists with a research focus on the Antarctic, Arctic, or high alpine regions to apply to serve on the PSECCO Advisory Board. PSECCO is a new community-building and support effort for early career scientists focused on promoting accessibility, inclusion and diversity in the polar sciences, funded by NSF and housed at the University of Colorado. Please complete the short application form to indicate your interest by May 16, 2022. Continue Reading

NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Available for Comment

NSF has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a “For comment” draft of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1). NSF is soliciting comments on the draft PAPPG until close of business on June 13, 2022. To facilitate review, revised text has been highlighted in yellow throughout the document and explanatory comments have been included in the margins, where appropriate. A notable change is a required supplementary document, "Plan for Safe and Inclusive Field/Vessel/Aircraft Research (PSI-FVAR)," for proposals to NSF that include fieldwork. Please use this opportunity to review the draft changes to the PAPPG and provide comments through the federal register process. Comments must be submitted through the Federal Register process. Any questions should be directed to the Policy Office at policy@nsf.gov. Continue Reading

Rotator (IPA) Program Director positions at NSF/OPP

The NSF Office of Polar Programs is recruiting for two Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) rotator Program Director positions: (1) Program Director (IPA) for the Office of Polar Programs, Organisms/Ecosystems, Antarctic Sciences; and (2) Program Director (IPA) for the Office of Polar Programs, Atmosphere/Oceans, Antarctic Sciences. Continue Reading

New US Representative to SCAR SC on Antarctic Geographic Information

US-SCAR is happy to announce Cole Kelleher (Satellite Tasking Coordinator at the Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota) as the new US representative to the SCAR Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information (SC-AGI). Cole has been a member of SC-AGI for a number of years and we look forward to him taking on this new role. Other US members of this Standing Committee are Kimberly Casey and Roger Payne, both with the US Geological Survey. The outgoing US representative is Paul Morin, who was also the co-Chief Officer of SC-AGI. We would like to thank Paul for his many years of service to SCAR and SC-AGI. Continue Reading

Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO)

The Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) is officially launched (see press release)! PSECCO is a community-building and community-support organization for polar early career scientists. Its mission is to empower and elevate early career scientists in the Polar Sciences, support a vibrant community, provide opportunities and resources, offer skill training and work together towards a more just, inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible polar science environment. The office will be building partnerships and offering support to early career organizations already doing great work, working to build community, and offering unique professional development and funding opportunities of its own. Help us to shape and evolve the office to best support polar early career scientists by attending a community meeting on May 3 at 11am AK/1pm MT/3pm ET or June 9, 9am AK/11am MT/1pm ET. Learn more about the office and sign up for our mailing lists at psecco.org, or join us on Twitter @polarsecco. Continue Reading

Launch of the Southern Ocean Action Plan for the UN Ocean Decade

The Southern Ocean Task Force is pleased to announce the Launch of the Southern Ocean Action Plan. For this occasion, we will be hosting a webinar on April 12th 2022, at 12:00pm UTC to present the content of the Action Plan and the future of the Southern Ocean community’s engagement in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Continue Reading

New US Representatives to SCAR

US-SCAR is happy to announce three new US representatives to SCAR Standing Science Groups (SSGs) on the Geosciences and Physical Sciences. Lu Lu, Assistant Professor, Physics Department and Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, University of Wisconsin, and Kirsty Tinto, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University join Physical Sciences. And Julia Wellner, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston joins Geosciences. Continue Reading