Antarctic Science Conference - Abstracts now open!

"Our Future in Focus"

17 - 19 June 2019


The New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference, brought to you by Antarctica New Zealand, will be held at the Town Hall in Christchurch.

The call for abstracts is now open! Click here to submit your abstract, and here to access the conference website.

We look forward to seeing you there!



"Challenging Science in a Challenging Environment"

26 - 28 June 2017

The New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference will be held at Otago Museum in Dunedin.

For more information, visit the conference website.

It is our intention to hold the New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference every second year and provide travel support for New Zealand researchers to attend the SCAR Open Science Conference in alternate years.


"Antarctica – A Changing Environment"

29 June - 2 July 2015


The conference handbook is available for downloading now. Further event information is available here.

As we face the prospect of changing global oceans and climate, much work still needs to be undertaken to understand the impacts of those changes on Antarctica’s physical and biological systems and in-turn the global reach of changes to Antarctica’s cryosphere and biosphere. The 2015 conference will provide an opportunity for presenters to showcase recent findings, build multidisciplinary links with other researchers and contribute to developing the future direction of our Antarctic Research Programme.

The four-day conference is being co-sponsored by NZARI and Antarctica New Zealand and hosted by the University of Canterbury. The conference combines invited talks, panel discussions, poster sessions, workshops, and a social function. All events will take place in the Central Lecture Theatre at 114 Arts Road, University of Canterbury. The conference is followed by a meeting for all Event Managers for the 2015/16 season organized by Antarctica New Zealand (separate invitations will be issued).

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning are reserved for science presentations with a focus on the main areas of the current research strategy:

  • Cryosphere
  • Inland & Coastal Ecosystems
  • Marine Systems

We are particularly interested in presentations that introduce new research initiatives that illustrate New Zealand’s research effort in the areas identified by the recent NZARI Workshop (March 2013 in Auckland) and the SCAR Horizon Scan (May 2014 in Queenstown).

Poster Sessions

Antarctica New Zealand supported events and groups with Antarctic research interests are invited to present their work in a poster presentation. Posters will be available for viewing throughout the conference, and two dedicated poster viewing sessions are being held on Monday and Tuesday afternoon.


The 2015 Antarctic Science Conference will also include a day-and-a-half of information sessions and workshops. On Tuesday afternoon, NZARI will give an overview of current and upcoming research initiatives and funding opportunities and Antarctica New Zealand will provide an overview of logistics constraints, season planning, and new initiatives to support science. On Wednesday afternoon, NZARI will hold a proposal-writing workshop that is primarily geared towards preparing competitive applications for Type A RfPs. Followed by an opportunity to revisit the NZARI white paper and to ensure it is kept up to date.

With that in mind we ask that conference presenters take the opportunity to include information about the wider rational for their research, potential impacts of the work, links to wider initiative such as SCAR programmes and future directions in their presentations.

Social Function

Icebreaker, Monday 29th June, 6pm – 8pm at Bentley's (University of Canterbury campus)

All conference delegates are invited to this function where we’ll award the 2015/16 Antarctic scholarships to the successful students.

Participant Support

For participants who present their work as a talk or a poster, and register by 15 May 2015, NZARI will absorb the registration fee. NZARI will also provide a travel and accommodation grant to the first 60 or so registrants who do not have access to conference support from their institutions. More information will be provided during the
registration process.