Antarctica New Zealand are delighted to host the 2019 New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference at the newly refurbished Christchurch Town Hall, to be held 17 - 19 June.

The theme of the conference this year is Our Future in Focus. 

Accurate projections of change to the Antarctic cryosphere and the Southern Ocean are critical for predicting future impacts on environments and ecosystems in Antarctica and beyond. To define future management challenges associated with these impacts, New Zealand’s Antarctic researchers are working to detect, project, and attribute change in Antarctic physical and ecological systems and assess their resilience to change. Through utilising state-of-the-art technology and working collaboratively in remote locations, New Zealand scientists are challenging paradigms and discovering new evidence to inform decision-makers. 

Our Future in Focus will showcase the latest findings from New Zealand’s Antarctic research programme, discuss research and policy imperatives, and provide an opportunity for researchers, iwi, policy-makers and educators to foster collaborations that will collectively influence our future. 


 To register for the conference please click here



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Indicative Programme (timing TBC)

Monday 17 June

1330 – 1700: Workshops - Victoria Room, Christchurch Town Hall

1700 – 1830: Icebreaker - Avon Room, Christchurch Town Hall

1930 – 2100: Public talks

Tuesday 18 June

0830 – 1700: Conference - Victoria and Avon Rooms, Christchurch Town Hall

1800: Conference Dinner - Novotel Cathedral Square

Wednesday 19 June

0830 – 1700: Conference - Victoria and Avon Rooms, Christchurch Town Hall


Key dates:

·         Abstract submissions open - 15 March 2019

·         Registrations open - 29 March 2019

·         Abstract submissions close - 15 April 2019

·         Delegates notified of outcome - 13 May 2019

·         Register by - 31 May 2019


Monday Workshop Sessions (more details to come):

Vision Matauranga: 1330 – 1500 

Media Training for Scientists: 1520 – 1700

Information for Presenters:

Please ensure abstracts are 200 words or less. Abstracts are to be uploaded via the portal as a .doc or .docx file, and please include the abstract text only in your uploaded file (i.e. no title, names, or pictures).

Oral Presentations:

We are going to use Pecha Kucha style again for the talks this year. Presentations should be limited to 10 slides, and automatically advance at one minute per slide.  Our suggested format for the slides is:

Slide 1: Title, author, acknowledgements

Slide 2: Why is this work important?

Slides 3 and 4: Key findings

Slide 5: Significance of the findings

Slides 6 and 7: How the findings were made (methods)

Slides 8 and 9: Addressing the theme – Our Future in Focus

Slide 10: Wrap up


Poster Presentations:

Posters are to be A0 portrait format (32.7 x 45.4 inches or 83.0 x 115.4 cm). Posters will remain on display throughout the conference with two dedicated poster sessions. Presenters will be asked to be available for questions during one of the two sessions. 



Registration Fees:

   Monday Workshops  Tuesday/ Wednesday Conference  Tuesday evening Conference Dinner
 Student/early career* - presenting  Free Free $60
 Student/early career* - not presenting $25 $75 $60
 Professional   $25  $175  $60


*Early career is considered to be within five years of PhD completion.


 More conference details can be found here

 Conference Session Themes

  • Past and Future Antarctic Environments  
  • The Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area
  • Antarctic Earth Surface Processes
  • Engaging with Antarctica: Changing Our View
  • Cryosphere Dynamics
  • Understanding Long-term Trends and Variability in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
  • Antarctic Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystem Function
  • Antarctic People and Places
  • Other 

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