Two online sessions with scientists from around the world were held, covering the topic “Building Bridges between Science and Governance & Science in Antarctica - First hand experiences"
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Friederike Säring (University of Rostock/APECS)
Presenter: Dr. Julia Jabour (UTAS/IMAS)
Julia has been researching, writing and lecturing on polar governance for more than 25 years. She has visited Antarctica six times, and been an observer on the Australian delegation at Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings on a number of occasions. She has taught in seven countries and hosted the annual Polar Law Symposium in Hobart in 2014 and 2019. She is currently Visiting Professor at Kobe University Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, is editing The Yearbook of Polar Law Vol. 12 (Brill 2020) and co-editing The Resilience of the Antarctic Treaty System: Future Challenges and Legal Adaptability with Professor Akiho Shibata and Professor Luis Valentín Ferrada (Brill 2021). In her presentation today, she shares some of her insights into how she recognised novel, emerging issues in Antarctic affairs.
Presenter: Dr. Huw Griffiths (UKRI BAS)
Huw Griffiths is a biogeographer with an interest in the Polar Regions. As a member of SCAR, he fulfils many functions in the organisation. He has been working for the British Antarctic Survey since June 2000 and has participated in several expeditions to Antarctica investigating benthic biodiversity and biogeography. His studies focus on large-scale biogeographic and ecological patterns in space and time, using selected groups of animals to investigate trends in the distribution in the Polar Regions. With his passion for science communication and making science more accessible to the public, policymakers and government, he will talk about Polar Science Communication.
07:50 am - 08:10 am GMT: The Antarctic Environments Portal - Antarctic Science at the fingertips of policy makers
Presenter: Dr. Neil Gilbert (AEP Editor) & Dr. Susie Grant (SCAR)
The Antarctic Environments Portal (www.environment.aq) provides ready access to high-level summary information on Antarctic issues, based on the best available scientific knowledge. In January 2020, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) took over operation of the Antarctic Environments Portal. The Portal includes summaries of the current state of knowledge on issues of relevance to Antarctic managers and policy makers, and on environmental pressures likely to cause change into the future. These so-called Information Summaries are based on the best available science. They are intended to be concise, technically accurate, politically neutral and accessible to a broad audience. Today the Portal Editor Dr. Neil Gilbert, will give an overview of the work of the portal and explain how you can get involved.
Presenter: Dr. Mathieu Casado (AWI)
Mathieu Casado is a Researcher in Paleoclimate and Polar Meteorology at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany. In his career, he focuses mostly on water isotopes as a tracer of various processes in the hydrological cycle working, amongst others, with ice cores. With his background in Physics, he introduces a new point of view on the water isotope geochemistry field and opens new perspectives in the representation of the processes affecting isotopes. He will talk to us about how many means of transportation there are for a researcher in Antarctica and why we use these different means of transportation.
Katharina Heinrich (University Centre of the Westfjords/APECS)
Presenter: Marlo Garnsworthy (IceBirdStudio)
Marlo Garnsworthy is an Australian-American author, illustrator, editor, and science communicator. She is the veteran Outreach Officer of two Antarctic research cruises so far, and her polar passions range from glaciology to Antarctic ecology and everything in between. She works with polar scientists in many outreach capacities and is eagerly seeking her next expedition. Today she will talk about the role of storytelling and art in the Antarctic South. Find out more at www.IcebirdStudio.com
07:30 pm - 07:50 pm GMT: The domestic Antarctic Law as a tool to guarantee international obligation fulfillment. Comparative Law Studies
Presenter: Dr. Luis Valentín Ferrada (University of Chile)
Dr. Luis Valentín Ferrada teaches International Law in the Law Faculty of the University of Chile. Furthermore, he is a researcher at the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, a member of the Standing Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences of SCAR, amongst other things. He is interested in the evolution of the Antarctic Treaty System as an international regime and in the role of the international and domestic law as instruments to protect the Antarctic environment. He is also interested in Antarctic history and geopolitics, and in general in International Public Law. His presentation today will focus on the domestic Antarctic Law and how it can guarantee international obligation fulfilment.
07:50 pm - 08:10 pm GMT: How to Gain Relevant Polar Field Experience as an Early Career Field or Non-Field Scientist
Presenter: Dr. Seth Campbell (University of Maine)
Dr. Seth Campbell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine and also the Director of Academics & Research for the Juneau Icefield Research Program, the longest operating polar research and training program for undergraduate students in North America. Over the past decade, he has conducted glaciology, geology, near-surface geophysics, water, and natural resources research using a range of field and numerical methods. In total, he has more than 15 years of experience working in remote regions including Antarctica, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, South America and took part in over 50 expeditions. Today he will tell us about how to gain relevant polar field experience as an Early Career Field and Non-Field Scientist.
Presenter: Jasper Nijland (Nature photo- and videographer)
Jasper Nijland is a creative Photo- and videographer from the Netherlands who has made travelling his lifestyle for the last ten years. With his love for the Arctic and Antarctic and his ample travel experience in extreme climates he always dreamed about visiting the white continent. His photos and videos show a different perspective on Antarctica and his work helps spread awareness for this isolated continent. Jasper will now tell us about how he finally made his dream come true in 2019, as part of a selected group of adventurers on board of the Bark Europa.
Presenter: Claire Wallace (Polar Expedition Guide/Polar Law Specialist)
Claire has been working as a polar expedition guide for 4 years throughout the Arctic and Antarctic. She has guided extensively in the Arctic regions of Iceland, Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and northern Europe, as well as in the Caribbean. Cumulatively, she has spent over 500 days guiding in the Polar Regions. Specializing in polar geopolitics and legal matters, Claire holds a master’s degree in polar law. Her research has led her to live in Iceland, China and Greenland for extended periods of time. These placements provided her with a comprehensive circumpolar overview of both the Arctic and the Antarctic regions, their future challenges and potential geopolitical conflicts. Claire also works as a sea kayak guide in the Antarctic and enjoys the quiet experience that paddling affords. Today Claire will talk about her experiences as an expedition guide in Antarctica and give us more insight in operations, education and the legacy of the profession.