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There are already more than 850 researchers registered for the SCAR Chile meeting – Radio Festival

There are already more than 850 researchers registered for the SCAR Chile meeting – Radio Festival

In the last two weeks of August, our country will become the center of Antarctic science worldwide. From August 19 to 24, the Open Conference of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) will be held in Pucón, where more than 850 researchers have already registered. In addition, in Punta Arenas, starting on the 26th of the same month, delegates’ meetings will be held.

The biennial SCAR meetings are the world’s premier Antarctic scientific events, and this year will be the first after a long hiatus from in-person meetings due to the pandemic.

The event is expected to provide a unique platform for discussion and knowledge exchange in a diverse environment, covering a wide range of disciplines such as physical sciences, earth sciences, life sciences, social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary topics, but also an opportunity to learn about recent research on topics such as climate change, ice mass loss and risks associated with the unique biodiversity of polar environments.

Marcelo Lippi, General Coordinator of SCAR Chile 2024It adds that “This will be the largest meeting on Antarctic science in history. We have had different meetings with providers in Pucón and we have told them that we will have a large number of researchers in the city and, without a doubt, we want to create links with the local community. We will have a day with a special session for citizens with an exhibition of documentaries and talks in schools. We will also have different activities in Punta Arenas. Antarctic studies are no longer just for the elite: for Chileans they are now a source of relevant information that will determine the future fishing, the availability of fresh water, floods or atmospheric rivers.

“Holding such a meeting is a great opportunity to decentralize polar knowledge and share research progress with a regional focus. From Latin America, with Chile as the host country, this conference demonstrates the growing development of Antarctic science in the region, turning it into a unique space for conversation, reflection and communication about Antarctic projects by a large community that adds new students and scholars every year. Young Researchers Day Dr. Eli Poulin, Director of the Millennium Peace Institute, adds.

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Within the event programming, three researchers and one researcher will be featured who will give plenary talks to attendees. We talk about Dr. Sally Lau from James Cook University in Australia with the topic “Learning from the persistence of benthic invertebrates in the Southern Ocean.” There is also Dr. Victoria Noviala, academic at the Casa de Velázquez and the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies with “Mapping Memories. An Architectural Autobiography of Antarctica”, in collaboration with Dr. Mateo Casado, from the University of Paris, on the topic “The context of anthropogenic climate change from ice core records”, and Professor Meredith Nash from KPMG Australia speaking on “How #MeTooAntarctica is changing fieldwork.”

Please note that on July 8, pre-registrations or early registrations are approaching for discounts on cancellations. Register here:

https://www.scar2024.org/Product/Scar-Open-Science Conference 2024Antarctica-Crossroads-Science-For a new hope

INACH is a technical organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with full autonomy in all matters related to Antarctica of a scientific, technological and deployment nature. INACH is committed to the National Antarctic Policy by encouraging the development of excellent research, actively participating in the Antarctic Treaty System and related forums, promoting Magallanes as a gateway to the White Continent and implementing actions to disseminate knowledge of Antarctica among citizens. INACH organizes the National Antarctic Science Program (PROCIEN).