This grant will support planning and execution of the XXXII SCAR conference in Portland, Oregon. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) meets biennially, bringing together scholars from all fields of Antarctic science as well as historians, educators and policy experts. The conference presents a unique opportunity to engage the public in Antarctic science and to leave a legacy long after the meetings conclude. This year's conference is expected to attract 1,500 participants from over 40 countries.
Session topics include Antarctic education, outreach and training; global and regional climate signals from ice cores; environmental contamination in Antarctica; operational meteorology in the Antarctic, and policy recommendations for conserving and protecting the Antarctic. Activities will include dynamic demonstrations, informal education workshops geared toward communicating hard science to a more general audience, a Google Earth interface for Antarctica, and sessions translating science into policy.
The XXXII SCAR conference will be held from July 13-25, 2012 in Portland, Oregon.