From ice picks to satellites - 100 years of Australian Antarctic science

Phil Law in snow in Oates Land, 1962
Phil Law in snow in Oates Land, 1962 (Photo John Stanwix)

Scientific discoveries, from the heroic to the modern era of Australian Antarctic science, will feature at an Antarctic science symposium at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre today.

The Phillip Law Commemorative Antarctic Science Symposium will span the first scientific observations made during Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition, to the late Dr Phillip Law’s era of discovery and exploration through the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions, and today’s Australian Antarctic program.

Individual talks will include the role of the Antarctic ice sheet and sea ice in global climate, the impact of ocean acidification in the Southern Ocean, the vulnerability of Antarctic mosses to changing climate, and Australia’s contributions to marine research. Speakers will also commemorate the career and contribution of Dr Phillip Law, who led the Australian Antarctic Division from 1949 to 1966.

The symposium, hosted by the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), will include speakers from the Australian Antarctic Division, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, University of Tasmania, CSIRO, Australian National University and the University of Melbourne.

For the speaker program and further information see the ATSE website.

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