Antarctica New Zealand News

2017 New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference – SAVE THE DATE

The Antarctic Science Conference will be held in Dunedin during the week of 26 June 2017. This is an event not to be missed, so mark it in your calendars! It is likely that the Event Manager’s Workshop for those deploying in the 2017/18 season will be held in the latter part of the week. Further details to follow soon.


Scott Base staff ready to deploy

The team for the 2016/17 season have been in Christchurch the last two weeks, participating in our induction programme Awareness Week, fire training, search and rescue and their specialities. Throughout Awareness Week, the importance and relevance of our Antarctic Science Programme has been instilled. The team are eager to support your science efforts and keen to learn more about what you are up to down there. We have an enthusiastic team deploying this year and have confidence that you will find them to be focussed and energetic. The first flight is scheduled for Monday 3 October, with the first science event deploying on 7 October. Christchurch is in celebration mode with a series of events this weekend and next week.

Planning your Antarctic activities – 2017/18, 2018/19 seasons and beyond

Key dates for Event Planning have been defined and Programme and Event Managers have been notified. The Event Planning Process and Key Dates Guide can be downloaded here. We require all Events needing significant resources and/or international support for the 2017/18 season to enter information into EMPEROR by 31 October 2016. Events requiring Antarctica New Zealand helicopter and local vehicle support must have details in EMPEROR by 31 January 2017. If you are in any doubt as to what level of support you require, please do not hesitate to contact Antarctica New Zealand's Event Planning team who will be able to advise you.

Failure to provide data by this deadline may mean that Antarctica New Zealand is not in a position to consider your request. Please note that having an Event in EMPEROR does not guarantee support for the season requested. The information you provide does however allow Antarctica New Zealand to assess our ability to support your requested activity. If you have any questions regarding your Event planning requirements for the 2017/18 season, please contact the Event Planning team.


National Geographic Update

Those down on the ice last season may have come across the National Geographic team gathering footage for their much anticipated new docu-series, which is focussed on New Zealand’s Antarctic Programmme. National Geographic formed a partnership with NZARI and Antarctica New Zealand in 2015. The series, Continent 7: Antarctica, will be released in November, with a potential audience of 440 million people worldwide. The production team will be working out of Scott Base again this season, filming for the second out of three seasons. Check out the Continent 7: Antarctica trailer by clicking the image below:


Event Support Agreements

A quick reminder that Event Support Agreements for the 2016/17 season are due back to Antarctica New Zealand no later than three weeks prior to your travel to the ice. . These Agreements acknowledge the individual and shared responsibility expectations between Antarctica New Zealand and you in relation to your Event.  If you have any questions regarding your Event Support Agreement, please contact Antarctica New Zealand.


Scott Base Rebuild

As many of you know, some parts of Scott Base are nearing the end of their life. Antarctica New Zealand is in the early stages of considering options to rebuild Scott Base. We are seeking feedback from the science community to help inform the initial design phase of this significant project. We are particularly interested in understanding what works well for the science programme, what doesn’t work so well, how those things can be improved, and what you see as future needs of a leading Antarctic research station. As a first step, please email your feedback to Fiona Shanhun by 25 October, 2016. Depending on feedback received we will convene small working groups to develop ideas further.



Scar Announcements 

SCAR Biology 2017 – Get involved

The XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium is being held in Belgium 10th – 14th July, 2017 with the theme ‘Scale Matters’. Understanding processes occurring at a range of scales as well as past and present patterns of biodiversity are essential for understanding possible threats to Antarctic biology and their impact. This Symposium will focus on understanding biological distribution and trends as well as adaptation and processes both in the marine and terrestrial realm including human biology. Special attention will be paid to multidisciplinary research and how combining insight from different fields can help our understanding of biology in this unique region.  An important aspect of this Symposium will focus on the societal impact of Antarctic biological sciences and how this can be communicated, not only to the general public, but also to policy makers.

Public consultation is taking place regarding the sessions. Follow the links below to vote for sessions that have been proposed or to propose your own session.

Theme 1: Distribution and Trends    Theme 2: Adaptation and processes    Theme 3: New insights through multi-disciplinary research    Theme 4: Threats and impacts    Theme 5: Societal impact of Antarctic biological science    Theme 6: Human biology at the poles


POLAR2018:  Call for sessions

Polar 18

The organisers of POLAR2018 are now accepting session proposals for the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference ‘Where the Poles meet’, which will be held 19th - 23rd June, 2018. To propose a session, complete an application.

The goal is for sessions to cover a broad range of topics across the spectrum of Polar and high altitude research, such as, but not limited to:

  • Climate, glaciology, social and human sciences, ice sheets, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, biology, astronomy, geology, economic aspects, sustainable development, technology and education.

 There will be oral and poster sessions as well as e-poster sessions with a mini-oral.

  • The organising committee strongly encourages session topics that encapsulate research conducted in both the Arctic and Antarctic
  • We also encourage including early career scientists as conveners and encourage diversity regarding conveners’ nationalities, gender, and where possible, indigenous peoples

 Convenors are responsible for:

  • Soliciting submissions for their session
  • Reviewing the abstracts submitted for the session
  • Working with the international scientific organising committee to arrange the program of their session, including oral and poster presentations
  • Chairing the session

 Session proposal submission deadline: 30th November 2016. Other relevant deadlines can be found here


SCAR Bulletins 195 and 196

The latest SCAR Bulletins are now published on the SCAR website.

Bulletin 195 contains the SCAR Annual Report to the Antarctic Treaty System, 2015/16.

Bulletin 196 contains the Report of the SCAR Delegation to XXXIX ATCM and CEP XIX in Santiago, Chile, 23rd May – 1st June, 2016.

All previous SCAR Bulletins are available to view and download from the Bulletins page of the website.

Other News

14TH Annual S.T. Lee Lecture in Antarctic studies

’Future sea-level rise from warming of polar ice sheets’

Speaker: Professor Eric J M Rignot

Tuesday, 18th October 2016, 5:30 – 6:30 pm,  RHLT1, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington

Thursday, 20th October 2016, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, E8 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury 

Dr Rignot is a Professor of Earth System Science, School of Physical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and a Senior Research Scientist/Joint Faculty Appointee at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Brought to you by the Victoria University Foundation in conjunction with the Antarctic Research Centre of Victoria University of Wellington and Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury.


CATALYST: Seeding request for proposals

This initiative from MBIE and the Royal Society provides seed funds for the development of new, small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international collaborators that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations that could be supported through Catalyst: Strategic over time. Catalyst: Seeding provides funding for a number of pre-existing and new sub-programmes.

  1. General Programme Support’s expenses for research exchanges, research activities, and expenses related to hosting workshops for new strategic research partnerships with international collaborators. A maximum of $80,000 in total for up to two years can be applied for.
  2. Sub-programmes 

Dumont d’Urville NZ-France Science & Technology Support Programme Funding for travel and related expenses in collaboration with French researchers, up to $12,000 in total for up to two years. 

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) – Joint Research Projects Funding for travel and related expenses in collaboration with Japanese researchers, up to $30,000 per annum for up to two years.

Applications close 5pm Thursday, 20th October, 2016, and must be made to the Royal Society of New Zealand via the Catalyst Portal. Programme guidelines are available at the Royal Society of New Zealand website Catalyst: Seeding. Contact the Royal Society for more information.