SCAR Strategic Plan: Comments Sought

As SCAR’s current Strategic Plan expires at the end of 2016, efforts are underway for the development of a new plan to meet the future needs of SCAR in the period 2017-2022. As it was approved in the last SCAR Delegates Meeting, we have been working to develop a new strategic plan, under the guidance […]

Antarctic Gateway Cities Project

Congratulations to ‪#HASSEG‬ chairs Dr Daniela Liggett and Dr Elizabeth Leane, and former chair Dr Juan Francisco Salazar, who are part of an international team awarded a substantial grant from the Australian Research Council for a three year project around rebranding of ‪Antarctic‬ ‪Gateway‬ cities. The project will look at the Antarctic Gateway cities of […]

New book published by ALSA

The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) project has published its first book, Brian Huntley’s Marion Island diary from 1965/66. More information about the book is available from the publication brochure. This book is available for purchase: cost (without courier costs) is R250, or EUR16, USD18, GBP12, AUD24, NZD25, CAD23. If you wish to purchase […]

EU-PolarNet invites public consultation on research priorities

The EU-PolarNet consortium has compiled a set of twelve overarching European research priorities for the Polar Regions, which have been identified based on national polar strategies, international consortia and major scientific clusters. Each topic includes several key-questions, which in turn are linked to the associated societal challenges. We would now like to invite you to […]

SCAR OSC Abstract Deadline Extended

The SCAR OSC will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 20-30 August 2016. We already have over 725 abstracts submitted, but because many of you are still returning from the field we have decided to allow a single extension of the abstract submission to the 29 February (all time zones). There are several sessions which […]

Antarctic Music Profiled

Dr Carolyn Philpott is a HASSEG member currently working on the ways composers have represented  the Antarctic landscape and environment in their music. Based at the University of Tasmania, she has also toured the USA giving lectures on the topics of Antarctic music. In 2015, Dr Philpott presented her work on Heroic Era sledging songs at […]

SCAR Conference 2016: Abstracts Open

Abstract submission is now open for the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (20-30 August 2016). The theme of the conference is “Tropics to the Poles”, and there are several sessions that may be of interest to those in the humanities, social sciences, media, and policy, including: S33. The role of humanities and […]

Polar History Newsletters Online (English/German)

17 newsletter of the History of Polar Research Specialist Group of the German Society of Polar Research are now available online at At the beginning newsletters were published in German, but since 1997 each issue is bi-lingual in German and English. Each newsletter has a special focus and collects information connected with German polar […]

Arctic Legal & Policy Opportunity, Kobe University

Invitation for collaborative research on Arctic legal and policy issues at Kobe University, Japan (starting April to September 2016)   The indication of interest must reach Professor Shibata immediately, but no later than 31 July 2015.   Kobe University Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) is offering to host, as prestigious JSPS fellows, a […]

Science Communication Poster Prize

Congratulations to HASSEG member Gabriela Roldan, from the University of Canterbury, for winning the Best Visual Science Communication poster prize at the NZARI Antarctic Science Conference (2015). Gabriela presented work from her PhD project, relating to Antarctic identities in the South American Gateway Cities. It is great to see a social sciences project in the spotlight at […]

COMNAP “Antarctic Roadmap Challenges”

The COMNAP “Antarctic Roadmap Challenges” (ARC) Project needs YOUR input! In 2014, the first SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan assembled Antarctic scientists, policy makers, leaders, and visionaries to identify the most important research questions that will likely be addressed by research in and from the Antarctic over the next two decades. The […]

Antarctic organisations launch fellowships for 2015

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2015 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2015 Three leading Antarctic organisations have recently announced 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 […]

CCAMLR Internship Opportunity

Please share the following internship information with anyone you think would be interested:   We have a wonderful opportunity through our IAI network to offer a CCAMLR internship to a student. Please see details below. The closing date is 8 Dec for a late February start, based in Hobart. So please consider this. Unfortunately there are […]

Innovative Engagement Strategies

One of the themes that came through at the SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland was the need for better communication, both with the public and between disciplines. There is a growing awareness that people do not act based on facts alone, but rather that culture also has a role to play. The role of […]

SCAR History Workshop Report

The report from the SCAR workshop “Connecting the past-present-future: studies and methods in history for Antarctic research and science”, held at the SCAR OSC in Auckland 2014, is now available. The guest speaker was Susan Barr from Norway, Fram Museum, and the co-convenor was Dr Ursula Rack. Please click below for a copy of the […]

Call for Papers: Antarctic History, Humanities, and Social Science Workshop

We are seeking paper proposals for a joint workshop of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) History Expert Group and the SCAR Humanities and Social Science Expert Group that will be held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado from 20-23 May 2015. The title of the workshop will be “Antarctic Wilderness: Perspectives […]

Expert Group Status

The SCAR Social Sciences Action Group has recently been granted Expert Group status within SCAR. At the SCAR delegates meeting in Auckland in August 2014, an application was made to elevate the status of the group from an action group to an expert group, based on previous activities and records. That application was positively received […]

Obituary: Bernard Herber

It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Bernard Herber on September 21, 2014. Bernie was an internationally acclaimed economist, with a special interest in the Antarctic. He was involved with the executive committee of the SCAR Social Sciences Action Group, and was known to many of our members. Alan Hemmings remembers Bernie […]

Six priorities for Antarctic Science: Report from SCAR Horizon Scan

The official outcomes of the 1st SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan were published online today as a Comment in Nature (512, 23–25; 2014) entitled “Six priorities for Antarctic science”. In April 2014, SCAR convened 75 scientists and policy-makers from 22 countries to agree on the priorities for Antarctic research for the next […]

In Conversation: what does the future hold for Antarctica?

What does the Future Hold for Antarctica? was the topic that brought together a group of experts for a Round Table Conversation organized by the Antarctica Futures Project at The University of Sydney, Australia. Questions addressed include: Has the Antarctic Treaty worked? Will we see an Antarctic mining boom? What is the future of Antarctic […]

Proceedings of the SSAG Workshop in Christchurch available

We are pleased to announce the Proceedings of the workshop Exploring Linkages between Environmental Management and Value Systems: The Case of Antarctica, held in December 2011 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The volume is co-edited by Daniela Liggett and Alan D. Hemmings and is published as part of the Gateway Antarctica Special Publication Series. It is […]

SCAR focus on. . . . Humanities

The SCAR December Newsletter included a report of the Social Sciences Action Group participation at the SCAR OSC Portland 2012 This year’s SCAR Open Science Conference (OSC) in Portland, Oregon, marked  the first OSC for the SCAR Social Sciences Action Group (SSAG) to run its own sessions. Dedicated to transpolar social sciences, one of these […]