Jenna presented at the 3rd International APECS Online during Session 4 today. She, together with Christel and Nicola, prepared a presentation on our project’s work in Antarctica, how we engage with the public, and what we could do to engage better with the public. Their presentation, titled Communicating Polar Research in South Africa was presented at 19:00-19:15 SAST. APECS will make the presentation available as a webcast later during the year. For now, you can have a look at their abstract here .
But we were not the only South African presenters at the conference. Johan Viljoen from Stellenbosch University talked about The Benefits of Interdisciplinary Studies: a Biogeochemist’s Perspective from 10:45-11:00 GMT (12:45-13:00 SAST), and Anché Louw from the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (also based at Stellenbosch University) presented on Using the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) Project as a tool for Outreach in the form of Science Communication from 11:30-11:45 GMT (13:30-13:45 SAST). Both of these presentations took place during Session 2.
We would like to thank APECS and the organizing committee for putting on such an excellent conference again, the third year running! Online conferences seem the way to go – cheap, accessible from the comfort of your home, still able to ask questions and engage with the presenters, and incredibly informative. More importantly, it gives a platform for students and young emerging researchers to showcase their work without any significant costs involved.