The entire team recently attended the 1st International ANTPAS Workshop, which was held at the Insubria University in Varese, Italy, on 4 & 5 October. Ian, Nicola and Christel all presented during the 1st session before lunch on 4 October. Nicola spoke about ‘Periglacial Geomorphology of the Ahlmannryggen and Jutulsessen Areas of Western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica’, Christel on ‘Delineating Dronning Maud Land Based on Biotic and Abiotic Factors’, and Ian on ‘Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems: A Decade of Research from Dronning Maud Land’. Tebogo spoke about ‘Atmospheric Drivers of Ground Thermal Regimes in Dronning Maud Land’ during the 2nd session, which took place directly after lunch on 4 October. Jenna was part of the 3rd (and final) session. She presented on ‘An Investigation into Chemical Weathering in Western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica’.
The team would like to express their gratitude to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) for providing funding for Christel, Jenna, Nicola, and Tebogo to attend the workshop. ANTPAS and Mauro Guglielmin (the current co-chair of ANTPAS), as well as the Insubria University are also thanked for staging such a very successful workshop. We are all now looking forward to the next SCAR conference – POLAR2018!
During the recent #PolarWeek celebrations, the Association of Early Polar Career Scientists (APECS) organized a reddit AMA – ‘Ask me anything’ about our Polar World. And look who appeared on the notice for the event: Christel and Cam! The photo was taken on the Northern Buttress of the Vesleskarvet nunataks in western Queen Maud Land of Antarctica. They were busy downloading and maintaining our logger (an XR5 set-up that records ambient air temperature, ground moisture and ground temperatures up to a depth of 60 cm) during the 2015/16 fieldwork season, when the photo was taken.
Dates for the Society of South African Geographer’s (SSAG) Biennial Conference and Student Conference have been announced. The conference, with the theme of Geography and Community: Learning. Research. Impact., will be held at the University of the Free State. Preliminary dates for the pre-conference field trip are 26 – 30 September 2018. Dates for the conference appear below. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Academic Conference: 1 – 5 October 2018
- Student Conference: 5 – 7 October 2018
We would like to congratulate everyone who received one of the six Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Fellowship Award this year. Each award is worth USD 15 000 and details on the recipients appear below.
Leena Riekkola from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, will visit the Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Seattle, USA, for her project entitled Spatial analysis of humpback whale behaviour and habitat use patterns in Antarctica.
Julie Janssens from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia, who will visit the Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN), France, for her project entitled Representation of iron in a sea-ice biogeochemical model.
Shramik Patil from the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), India, who will visit UPMC-CNRS Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, for his project entitled Response of Southern Indian Ocean coccolithophores to climate change: evidence from laboratory culture experiments.
Hanne Nielsen from the University of Tasmania, Australia, who will visit KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, for her project entitled Framing Antarctica as Fragile: Tracing the evolution of media narratives about the far south (1945 – 2015).
Antonio Aguera Garcia from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, who will visit the University of Otago, New Zealand, for his project entitled Transgenerational Plasticity (TGP) and acclimation in a keystone Polar Invertebrate in response to a warmer more acidic Antarctic.
Filip Hrbáček from the Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, who will visit Insubria University, Italy, for his project entitled Effect of vegetation cover on active layer thermal regime in climatically contrasted environments of Antarctica.
The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) is holding its 4th Writing Workshop on 4 December at Wits University. The workshop focuses on supporting the development of scholarly academic journal publishing. Emerging researchers, with or without a PhD, are encouraged to apply. For more information on the workshop click here.
- Application deadline: 22 September
- Deadline for submitting draft paper to the organizers: 1 November
- Workshop: 4 December
The next European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP5), will be held from 23 June – 1 July 2018 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France and abstract submission to the conference is now open. For more information on the 26 sessions, process of abstract submission, and general information on the conference, please have a look at the conference website.
- Call for abstract submission: 28 August – 15 November
- Decision on abstract (oral/poster): February 2018
- Early-bird registration: until April 2018
Abstract submission to the upcoming POLAR2018 conference is now open! To be held in Davos, Switzerland from 15-26 June, the conference, incorporating the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), will combine scientists from the entire polar community. Submit your abstract to the SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, to be held from 19-23 June, through the website and have a look at the sessions available here.
1 September: Abstract submission opens
1 November: Deadline abstract submission, early-bird registration opens
31 December: Side meeting requests close
31 January ’18: Acceptance notification with oral/poster information
The program to the upcoming ANTPAS Workshop has been published. Christel and Nicola will present in Session 1, which runs from 10:50 – 13:00. Tebogo will speak during Session 2 (14:15 – 15:55) and Jenna in Session 3 (16:25 – 18:15). All session will take place on 4 October. For more information on the workshop have a look at the ANTPAS website. Also have a look a the online program.