Antarctic experts to meet in Hobart in 2020

Photo of Hobart taken at Night
Hobart will host more than 1000 Antarctic experts in 2020. (Photo: Barry Becker)

Hobart will host a gathering of more than 1000 Antarctic scientists and polar operations experts when the Antarctic gateway city hosts two key international events in August 2020.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) will hold its Open Science Conference, Business and Delegates’ Meetings and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) will have its Annual General Meeting.

This year’s SCAR meeting in Davos, Switzerland concluded today.

The Division’s Chief Scientist Dr Gwen Fenton and Australia’s delegate to SCAR was in Davos to officially invite participants to attend the 2020 meeting in Hobart.

“SCAR delivers major international scientific collaborative research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and the Committee also provides independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty parties,” Dr Fenton said.

“The 2020 meetings will offer Hobart an opportunity to showcase itself as the premier gateway to East Antarctica, the home of the Australian Antarctic Program and world-class Antarctic science.”   

Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, is due to arrive in Hobart in mid-2020 and tours of the state-of-the art scientific platform and resupply vessel will be included in the program of both events.  

The bid for SCAR was led by the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Antarctic Research (NCAR) in partnership with the Australian Antarctic Division and Tasmanian Government.

SCAR President, Professor Steven Chown of Monash University, said Hobart is an ideal place for SCAR to meet with its critical mass of Antarctic researchers.

“SCAR is delighted to be meeting in Hobart in 2020, where our members will announce a range of fundamental and important Antarctic research outcomes,” Professor Chown said.

“Australia has supported SCAR throughout its 60 year history and its scientists have had a tremendous influence on what we know about Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and their global significance.”