Registration is now open for the ‘Strategic Science in Antarctica’ conference to be held from 24–26 June 2013 at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.

The inaugural conference is a collaboration between Australian Antarctic Division and Antarctica New Zealand, and will feature a number of key note speakers, science presentations, poster displays and social functions.

A series of post-conference workshops will also take place on 27 and 28 June.

Australian Antarctic Division Chief Scientist, Dr Nick Gales said he hoped the strategic science theme will encourage researchers to think about how their research informs and shapes policy.

“The conference will highlight the important role science plays in informing environmental management and biodiversity conservation in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and beyond,” Dr Gales said.

“We welcome abstracts for presentations, posters or workshops under six key sub-themes: physical change and global connections; marine ecosystems; land and coastal marine; data management; frontier science and science communication,” Dr Gales said.

The conference will provide an opportunity for Antarctic scientists, researchers, policy and support personnel from institutions across Australia and New Zealand to exchange information on existing and planned research, management and policy priorities and to identify opportunities for further collaboration.

Abstract submission is open until 8 April, and early bird registration rates are available until 10 May.

A special reduced registration rate is available for full-time students.

Visit the conference website for further information, to view the call for abstracts or to register.