XI SCAR Biology Symposium

Barcelona, Spain

Life in Antarctica: Boundaries and Gradients in a Changing Environment The main theme for the XIth Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) symposium is “Life in Antarctica: Boundaries and Gradients in a Changing Environment”. This symposium links the functional importance of land and water ecosystems and their biocomplexity, under an ecosystemic perspective in order to understand the Antarctic trophic web, effects of human impacts such as the ozone hole, climate change, the increase in tourism activities, the flexible boundaries anddynamic gradients in Antarctic ecosystem, as well the Antarctic marinebiodiversity through its patterns, processes and trends. An important aspect of this symposium is the outreach and education section, which will emphasize the importance of communication between polar researchers and educators in order to improve understanding and connections between scientists and society. Moreover, one of the aims of the symposium is transferring scientific knowledge beyond the scientific community and letting the general public take an active part in post-symposium hands-on activities, open lectures, seminars, courses and exhibitions. Such exposure will be of undoubtedly benefit to polar science. The newly created Spanish Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS Spain) is going to be highly involved in the symposium by organising round table sessions and preparing outreach contents. This symposium will be also the perfect oportunity to show the final results of the SCAR programme “Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic”. Similarly, the new SCAR programmes “State of the Antarctic Ecosystem” (AntEco) and “Antarctic Thresholds – Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation” (AnT-ERA) will be presented to the scientific community and will outline their objectives and perspectives for the coming years. For more information, please visit the Symposium website or email xithsbs@icm.csic.es with any queries. Abstract Submission is now open. [pdf] First Circular [pdf] Symposium poster