The upcoming SCAR conference and meetings have been cancelled. Please see the message from the organising committee below.
The SCAR COMNAP 2020 Local Organising Committee, in consultation with the SCAR and COMNAP Executive Committees have decided to cancel SCAR COMNAP 2020 in light of the global Coronavirus situation. The Committee has given due consideration to local Tasmanian and Australian health advice as well as the global response to the pandemic.
The SCAR and COMNAP event hosts, the Australian Antarctic Division, the Tasmanian State Government and the Australian Academy of Science wish to express their gratitude and appreciation to SCAR and COMNAP for affording us the opportunity to host these premier Antarctic science and management events. We also wish to thank those members and sponsors who have been so generous in their support of this event.
We appreciate that this is a disappointing outcome for those that were planning to travel to Hobart in July 2020 and for those Hobart-based scientists and Antarctic industry representatives that were looking forward to showcasing our Antarctic gateway city, but the health and wellbeing of the people in the Antarctic sector and the Tasmanian community is paramount.
Further information will shortly be available regarding cancellation arrangements for registered attendees, sponsors and exhibitors and event-specific information will be sent separately from the SCAR and COMNAP Secretariats in regards to any alternative arrangements required. For any urgent enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope everyone in the global Antarctic community is able to stay safe and well in these challenging times.
SouthCOP - The first Southern Hemisphere Regional Conference on Permafrost will be held from 4-14 December 2019 in Queenstown, New Zealand. The conference will include optional 3 day field trips both before and after the main meeting that will explore a range of landscapes, geological and glacial features within the Southern Alps.
This is the final call for suggestions for session topics. If you have a suggestion for a conference session and/or would like to convene such a session please register your interest before Nov 1 at www.southcop19.com or email email@example.com for further information.
It has been 25 years since the Conference on Periglacial Processes in Granada (1993), where the IPA-Spain group was created. The group joined the International Permafrost Association (IPA) one year later. Since then, successive IPA-Spain meetings took place until, and in 2007, the Spanish and Portuguese groups of the IPA began their collaboration, which was reflected in six Iberian conferences, the latest one held in 2017. In parallel, researchers from IPA-Spain and IPA-Portugal have advanced in the scientific knowledge about permafrost and periglacial geomorphology in Iberian and other mountain ranges, as well as in Polar Regions.
On the occasion of this event, it has been proposed that a Special Issue be published in the prestigious journal Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, sponsored by the IPA (impact factor 2.815 in the 2016 Journal Citation Reports®).
The aim is to update knowledge on cold geomorphological processes, including permafrost, in mountain environments where these are restricted to the highest altitudes. To this end, scientific research papers focusing on the study of periglacial geomorphology and permafrost in the Iberian massifs and in other mountains of the Mediterranean region, as well as in other mountain areas of low- and mid-latitudes where these processes are marginal (e.g. high inter-tropical mountains) will be considered for publication.
Researchers interested in participating in this Special Issue should send an e-mail with a brief abstract (max. 200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 April, also indicating the title of the contribution and its authors.
The papers sent for the Special Issue must follow the format of the journal (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/10991530/homepage/forauthors.html). The originals can be sent only through the journal’s platform, between 1 September and 31 December 2018.
For more information please contact Jesús Ruiz-Fernández (University of Oviedo, Spain) or Marc Oliva (University of Barcelona, Spain).
An exciting new young researcher award has just been announced. The University of Madrid, through the Department of Geography and its Research Group of Physical Geography of High Mountains has opened a call for a Young Researchers Award on works related to the cryosphere science and research in mountain areas. The outstanding works will be published in two issues of the journal Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica. These are:
Young researchers in the process of presenting their PhD thesis or who have submitted it not before January 1, 2014 are encouraged to participate. Have a look here for guidelines of the award.
In 2014 the International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process to seek input on the definition of research priorities in the field of permafrost science. As many as 359 researchers from 37 countries submitted research questions and it is now time to collect your opinion on the relevance of the questions that were submitted. Questions were submitted by individuals primarily active in the fields of geomorphology, ecology, engineering and infrastructure. 79% of them had a PhD and 53.8% of them had more than 10 years of experience in permafrost research.
The survey consists of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Please complete the permafrost survey, by 20 December, at
For any questions please contact Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow (email@example.com) or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group (Hugues.Lantuit@awi.de).
ANTPAS would like to congratulate everyone who received a SCAR travel grant to attend the upcoming ANTPAS workshop, to be held in Varese, Italy on 4 and 5 October. Recipients from within Europe receive US$ 400, whereas recipients of the grant living outside of Europe receive US$ 750. Seven grants of US$750 were awarded, as were three of US$400. Recipients are listed below.
ANTPAS would like to thank the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) for making these funds available. Without their generous support attendance by students and emerging researchers at the workshop would not be possible.
Fabiana Canini, Tuscia University, ITALY
Benoit Faucher, University of Ottawa, CANADA
Christel Hansen, Rhodes University, SOUTH AFRICA
Filip Hrbacek, Masaryk University, CZECH REPUBLIC
Jenna Knox, Rhodes University, SOUTH AFRICA
Tebogo Masebe, Rhodes University, SOUTH AFRICA
Dan Morgan, Vanderbilt University, USA
Tanya O'Neill, Univeristy of Waikato, NEW ZEALAND
Liezel Rudolph, University of the Free State, SOUTH AFRICA
Nicola Wilmot, Rhodes University, SOUTH AFRICA
The next ANTPAS meeting will be in Puschino at the International Conference "Earth Cryology: XXI century” (29 September - 3 October 2013). The deadline for Registration is April 15, 2013. Detailed information on the Conference and forms for registration and abstract submission will be available at www.cryosol.ru/publ/kalendar_konferencij/earth_cryology_xxi_century/1-1-0-5 after January 10, 2013. Questions - Permaconf2013@gmail.com
How do I become a member?
HOW CAN ANTPAS HELP MY RESEARCH?
You can list your project(s) as one that contributes to one of ANTPAS objectives. In order to have your project considered as an ANTPAS project, you should send a request by email to the co-chairs with an abstract of the project objectives and expected outcomes.
HOW CAN I LINK MY PROJECT WITH ANTPAS?
The Steering Committee is able to provide a letter of support to project proposals showing excellent quality and clearly linked to ANTPAS objectives. An abstract of the project, with clearly stated objectives, including the list of project researchers and the top 5 publications by the team should be sent to the Steering Committee for evaluation, so that a letter is prepared.
HOW DO I ACKNOWLEDGE ANTPAS SUPPORT?
A reference to ANTPAS should be included in the acknowledgements in the papers to be published. If you are presenting at an ANTPAS-organised event or one that is affiliated with ANTPAS, or have received funding from ANTPAS to present your work at any event, please include the ANTPAS logo and SCAR logo in your presentation.
IS ANTPAS INTERNATIONALLY AFFILIATED?
ANTPAS IS an Expert Working Group of SCAR. SCAR fosters international collaboration and engagement and is an International Council for Science (ICSU)-affiliated body. The ICSU is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies and International Scientific Unions.