The New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference - 2021

Connecting through Change

9 - 12 February 2021
Haere roa, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Changes in climate and our environment are no longer just future predictions and projections: they are our reality. These global, intergenerational issues demand our attention and collaborative efforts to find solutions. Through fostering interdisciplinary approaches and addressing large, complex questions, New Zealand researchers are enhancing our understanding of the world around us. Weaving mātauranga Māori into Antarctic and Southern Ocean research highlights deep connections between humans and te taiao, and in these times of change, connections are key: with people, with the land, with the sea. Join us to celebrate, connect and collaborate as we navigate these unusual times together.

Connecting through Change will showcase the latest findings from New Zealand’s Antarctic research programme. It will highlight the critical importance of translating research discoveries into policy outcomes, and provide an opportunity for researchers, iwi, policy-makers and educators to connect in a way that will inspire, engage and unite us all.


To promote connection and collaboration, the conference will be combined with the Snow and Ice Research Group’s (SIRG’s) annual meeting, and Antarctica New Zealand, SIRG UC, and NIWA are all working together to host a fantastic week that celebrates the full spectrum of Antarctic research.

Preliminary programme

Cliff side

Tuesday 9 February
Afternoon: Antarctica New Zealand Workshops
Evening: Icebreaker and Public Event

Wednesday 10 February
All day: Antarctica New Zealand Conference
Evening: Conference Dinner

Thursday 11 February
All Day: Antarctica New Zealand Conference
Afternoon: SIRG Workshop
Evening: SIRG Dinner/ Event

Friday 12 February
All Day: SIRG- Mountain Glacier workshop
Evening: SIRG Dinner/ Event

Saturday 13 February
All Day: Field trip to look at glacial history