WEDNESDAY 8 August 2012, 3:00PM (AAD Theatrette)
Andrew Constable [Science Week flyer]
Australian Antarctic Division & Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
In the spirit of Mawson: the next 100 years of Antarctic ecosystem research
The heroic legacy of Mawson to push the boundaries of science in Antarctica shaped Australia’s programs there for the next 100 years. During that time, Antarctica has become the world’s greatest success story in political and scientific cooperation. It has also become the focal point of great tragedy (the decimation of the great whales), great environmental achievement (the conservation of land and sea), potentially the world’s largest fishery (Antarctic krill) and the harbinger of global climate change (the ice sheet and Southern Ocean). The parallel scientific and technological revolution, unforeseen in Mawson’s day, has us poised at a new frontier where science and knowledge can easily be integrated into our cultural and political activities. This talk will explore the next 100 years of marine ecosystem science in the Southern Ocean and why it will remain a priority component of Australia’s scientific endeavour over that time. In particular, it will discuss the boldness and heroism required, and exemplified by Mawson, to meet the current challenges for positioning Australia to reap the rewards of progress in science in the next 100 years.
Note: This seminar will be presented by Andrew at the National Archives of Australia as part of National Science Week celebrations [Science Week flyer]