Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Conference Organizing Committee would like to invite you to the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem Futures Scientific Conference to be held in Moscow, Russia from the 13-15th of May, 2020 co-hosted by WWF Russia and the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of Russian Academy of Sciences. An international conference on Antarctic marine ecosystems science, ocean conservation and solutions: dedicated to the 200th year anniversary of the Antarctic continent discovery by F. Bellingshausen and M. Lazarev Russian expedition.

The goal of the Conference is to foster collaboration between scientists studying Antarctic marine ecosystems to inform policy and to highlight the role of collaborative science in Antarctica. During the Conference the participants will discuss the state of, and emerging threats to the Antarctic marine ecosystems; key challenges; and possible solutions.

The conference outputs are under consideration, with the intention to produce a synthesis piece for peer reviewed publication and dissemination of relevant information to Southern Ocean governing bodies.

Main topics

  • Scientific research in Antarctica: history, achievements, gaps, challenges and opportunities
  • Collaboration: examples of previous collaboration and ways to collaborate in the future
  • Antarctic marine ecosystems: structure and functioning
  • Changes and challenges for Antarctic marine ecosystems: climate change, invasive species, human activities
  • Antarctic krill: science, management and conservation
  • Marine mammals and seabirds: ecology, distribution, trends and challenges
  • Solutions and conservation measures including Marine Protected Areas, the role of science and the scientific community

Program Committee

Vyacheslav Rozhnov, Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of Russian Academy of Sciences, co-chair
Igor Chestin, WWF Russia, co-chair
Vyacheslav Bizikov, The Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO)
Susie Grant, British Antarctic Survey 
Valery Lukin, The Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI)
Michail Flint, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences
Ari Friedlaender, University of California, Santa Cruz
Yan Ropert-Coudert, Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, CNRS UMR7372
César Cárdenas, Instituto Antártico Chileno

Organizing Committee

Boris Solovyev, WWF Russia
Sarah Davie, WWF Antarctic Program
Chris Johnson, WWF Antarctic Program
Irina Onufrenya, WWF Russia
Vasily Spiridonov, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences

Languages of the Conference

Russian and English; simultaneous translation will be provided

Important Dates

  • July, 25 2019 – Registration is open.
  • October, 1 2019 – Second information letter
  • February, 1, 2020 - Preliminary program with speakers will be circulated
  • February 15, 2020 - Registration closes

Further information

Available from the conference web-page:  

How to register

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