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  • This image shows the contours of the land (or bedrock topography), and ice streams, beneath the ice sheet of Antarctica, revealed through the BedMachine mapping project.

    Scientists peer beneath the Antarctic ice sheet to understand future climate vulnerability

    A new Antarctic topographic map will help identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or less, vulnerable to future climate warming.

  • Female antarctic expedition mechanic stands in front of an iceberg

    Take your career south

    Do you want a really cool job? Why not head south with the Australian Antarctic Program. The Australian Antarctic Division is looking for more than 150 women and men to fill a range of roles for the 2020-21 season. 

  • A collection of fish and other mesopelagic creatures on trays.

    Award for collaborative marine ecosystem research

    An Australian-European collaboration to enhance Southern Ocean ecosystem research has received the ‘Star of Europe’ award. 

  • Vibrant artwork on a new Antarctic tractor

    Australia's artistic Antarctic tractors head south

    The designs of iconic Australian artist Ken Done will adorn a new fleet of Antarctic tractors destined to travel across the icy continent on a quest to find million year old ice.

  • Graphic of RSV Nuyina in pack ice

    Come aboard Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker

    The Australian Antarctic Program is recruiting science support specialists to work on the nation’s new hi-tech Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina.

  • Photo of coloured buildings surrounded by water taken from the air

    Increased commitment for proposed Davis aerodrome

    On the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty System the Federal Government has announced further funding to strengthen Australia’s engagement in Antarctica. 

  • United States representative, Herman Phleger, sits at a desk to sign the Antarctic Treaty in December 1959.

    60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty

    Antarctic nations around the world are today marking the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s most successful international agreements, the Antarctic Treaty.

  • This bronze medal shows a map of Antarctica and the words 'For outstanding service in the Antarctic'

    Australian Antarctic Medal nominations open

    Nominations are now invited for people who have made an outstanding contribution to Australia’s Antarctic Program.

  • A women with a young child

    Antarctic Chief Scientist steps down

    The Australian Antarctic Division’s Chief Scientist, Dr Gwen Fenton, has announced her resignation after more than four years in the job.

  • Man standing on a rock surface

    Scientists on the ground of proposed runway site

    A team of scientists and technical experts has arrived at Australia’s Davis research station, kicking off a busy summer season of ecological and geotechnical surveys at a new proposed runway site.

  • Aerial view starboard side Aurora Australis parked at the edge of the fast ice

    Seeking supplementary shipping option

    As part of its contingency planning, the Australian Antarctic Division is seeking a supplementary shipping option for the 2020/21 season.

  • Australia's icebreaker Aurora Australis in the sea-ice

    Australia to assist French Antarctic program

    The Australian Antarctic Division will provide logistical support to the French Antarctic program, managed by the French Polar Institute, following damage to its icebreaker L’Astrolabe.

  • Leonie Suter in a lab coating sitting at a bench with test tube samples.

    Battle of the sexes

    In the 'battle' to identify the sex of Antarctic krill, scientists have developed a new molecular test for genes expressed only in females.

  • The Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration (BRUIE) sitting on the ice

    NASA space robot tested in Antarctica

    The Australian Antarctic Program is working with NASA this summer to test an under-ice robot which may eventually be used in a space mission to look for signs of extra-terrestrial life.

  • The Nuyina's science tender undergoing sea trials in Norway.

    Icebreaker's science tender sea trials underway

    Final sea trials for the science tender of Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, are underway in Norway this week.

  • AA pack ice

    Aurora legacy

    Icebreakers hold a special place in the hearts of our expeditioners and crew.

  • A Gulfstream V aircraft flying over mountains.

    Hobart hosts cool cloud workshop

    Hobart is hosting some 40 international scientists studying Southern Ocean clouds this week, following a huge data-gathering campaign involving ships, aircraft and satellites.

  • Two blue whales surfacing in the Southern Ocean.

    Blue whales prefer krill tall, dense and shallow

    Antarctic blue whales prefer to forage within tall, dense krill swarms at shallow depths, to maximise the energetic bang per bite, according to new research published this week in Scientific Reports.

  • C-17A on the ground at Wilkins Aerodrome

    Delivering the goods

    Fresh food, science equipment, medical supplies and machinery are winging their way to Antarctica today on the first cargo flight of the summer season.

  • Photo of colourful flags

    Conservation of Antarctic marine living resources

    The meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has concluded in Hobart.

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