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Polar Technology Conference - Abstract deadline extended to 24 March

The 10th annual Polar Technology Conference will be hosted by the Pervasive Technology Institute of the Indiana University on 15-17 April 2014. Presentations in all technology fields are invited. Abstracts for oral presentations received after 24 March will only be considered if there is an open slot in the schedule. Abstracts will be considered in the order received. The block of rooms reserved at the conference hotel will be released after 13 March. For new reservations, the Biddle Hotel will honor the conference rate, after that date, only if rooms are available. Continue Reading


Obituary: Philip M. Smith

The Polar world and SCAR have lost a great friend. Phil Smith, known to SCAR members as the leader of the review that led to major restructuring of SCAR in the early 2000s, passed on February 16, 2014. SCAR members owe a great debt to Phil and those of us who knew him well, some for over 50 years, will miss his skills, humour, and leadership. SCAR today is a far better and more relevant organization due largely to the efforts of Phil Smith. Continue Reading


Travel Funds for U.S. Scientists for SCAR Open Science Conference

Travel Grant Application forms for U.S. scientists to support travel to the SCAR Open Science Conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 25 - 28 August, 2014 are now available. Please return completed application WITH your submitted OSC abstract to Terry Wilson by March 24th, 2014. Continue Reading


A Way Forward to Discover Antarctica’s Past: Report of the Antarctic Geologic Drilling Workshop

The report for the NSF-sponsored workshop held at the University of Houston on November 7th and 8th, 2013 is now available. In this workshop U.S.-based scientists discussed future drilling projects in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The report can be found at: http://agdw.uh.edu/. Continue Reading


Workshop to develop an Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial Observing System (ANTOS)

The Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial Observing System (ANTOS) is proposed as a Life Sciences Expert Group which will survey the impact of change on Antarctic life. A workshop, aimed at developing an implementation framework for ANTOS, will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday 22 August 2014, immediately prior to the start of the XXXIII SCAR meetings. Continue Reading


SCAR Medals: Deadline for nominations approaching

An important SCAR activity is recognition of excellence in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science and outstanding service to the international Antarctic community, both of which are critical to advancing SCAR‘s vision and mission. Peer-recognition rewards and highlights those who exemplify the best of the Antarctic community and serve as models for the next generation of scientists and researchers. SCAR created the Medals to provide this recognition: the Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the Medal for International Scientific Coordination. The deadline for nominations for the 2014 medals is 15th March 2014. Continue Reading


Polar Technology Conference - Registration & Call for Abstracts

The 10th annual Polar Technology Conference will be hosted by the Pervasive Technology Institute of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, on 15-17 April. Conference registration is now available. Abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations may also be submitted. Presentations in all technology fields are invited. Regular oral presentations and a poster session will be scheduled. Abstracts for oral presentations received after 14 March may not be considered. Continue Reading


SCAR Open Science Conference - Abstract deadline this week!

The abstract deadline is THIS FRIDAY 28th February for the SCAR Open Science Conference to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, on August 25th – 28th, 2014. Remember that there will be travel support for U.S. participants in the SCAR Open Science Conference, targeted at early career researchers, faculty and students. Continue Reading


SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2014 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2014

Three leading Antarctic organisations today announce opportunities for early career researchers. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (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. Continue Reading


SCAR Medals: Nominations close on the 15th of March 2014

An important SCAR activity is recognition of excellence in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science and outstanding service to the international Antarctic community both of which are critical to advancing SCAR’s vision and mission. Peer-recognition rewards and highlights those who exemplify the best of the Antarctic community and serve as models for the next generation of scientists and researchers. SCAR created the Medals to provide this recognition: the Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the Medal for International Scientific Coordination. To encourage nominations and ensure an open, fair and transparent selection process, recipients of the medals are selected by committee. Continue Reading


2014 Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica: Nominations close 22 May 2014

The “Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica” is a US$ 100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica. The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse’s passion for Antarctica and is intended to be a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. The prize-winner can be from any country and work in any field of Antarctic science or policy. The goal is to provide recognition of the important work being done by the individual and to call attention to the significance of understanding Antarctica in a time of change. Continue Reading


New Abstract Deadline for SCAR Open Science Conference, Auckland, 2014

SCAR Open Science Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, August 25th – 28th, 2014. The closing date for submissions of abstracts has been extended to 28 February 2014, to assist those still returning from the field. Remember that there will be travel support for U.S. participants in the SCAR Open Science Conference, targeted at early career researchers, faculty and students. Continue Reading


Travel Funds for U.S. Participants in the SCAR Open Science Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, August 25th – 28th, 2014

The NSF Antarctic Sciences Section of the Division of Polar Programs is providing funds to support participation of U.S. scientists in the 6th biennial SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. In order to maximize the number of participants supported, we anticipate funding per individual will be in the range of $2,000-2,500 USD. An application form will be posted shortly on the U.S. SCAR web site. The Abstract Deadline for the OSC is February 14th, 2014. Continue Reading


2014 SCAR OSC Abstract Submission Reminder

The 2014 SCAR Open Science Conference will be held 25 - 28 August 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. The deadline to submit an abstract is the 14th of February. The SCAR Open Science Conference will focus on Global Messages from Antarctica and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the World. Continue Reading


Important Notice - Antarctic and Southern Ocean Horizon Scan

The deadline for nominations for the Science Horizon Scan has been extended to July 31, 2013 to allow the widest possible input to the selection of SCAR Science Horizon Scan invitees. Self-nominations and multiple nominations are allowed. Do not assume someone else has nominated a person. If a deserving person is not in the potential invitee database the likelihood of selection is greatly diminished. Your input is essential for the selection committee to have a complete list of deserving candidates. Continue Reading