Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


“Addressing future Antarctic challenges from an Oceania perspective”
Monash University, Melbourne Australia & University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand
18th – 19th September 2017

Rapid global changes are challenging our perception of the world and threatening biodiversity around the planet. The Antarctic Region is no exception, and whilst largely considered to be pristine, and a “nature reserve, devoted to peace and science”, it is at risk from multiple pressures. The Antarctic Peninsula has experienced one of the most rapid temperature rises in the Southern Hemisphere, and managing invasive species to Antarctica has been labelled as the number one priority of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP). Tourist numbers to the region continue to grow and more countries are interested in joining the Antarctic Treaty System and being involved with the governance of Antarctica. We are only beginning to understand what these changes mean for Antarctic science, biodiversity and society.
From an Oceania perspective, how are we addressing these changes? In what way can we contribute to perpetuate the aims of the Antarctic Treaty and the Protocol for Environmental Protection to the Antarctic? The 1st APECS Oceania symposium aims to bring together early career Antarctic researchers from across Oceania to address these questions and to invoke for answers to the future Antarctic challenges.

The symposium will run on 18th – 19th of September as part of Polar Week celebrations worldwide.

The symposium will be held in Australia and New Zealand simultaneously with presentations from early career scientists and keynote speakers from both countries. The venues will be connected via video link to allow attendees to participate in all sessions across the Tasman Sea.
The venues for this event are:

  • Australia: Monash University, Level 7 Monash University Conference Centre Collins Street, Melbourne.
  • New Zealand: University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ

Abstract Submission:
Opening: A call for abstracts is now open
Closes: Abstract submission closes on the 9th of June 2017
Click link here for Abstract submission


  • All abstracts will be written in English
  • Abstract must be limited to 300 words
  • Include your name and any other authors involved in this presentation
  • Include your institution and your additional author institutions
  • Include a short title which summarises your presentation
  • State which session you want your abstract to be submitted to
  • State which country and time zone you will be presenting from, so that we can find a sensible time slot for your presentation

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