Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

SCAR Antarctic and sub-Antarctic biologists to meet in Barcelona, Spain in June 2013

The XIth SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) Biology Symposium will be held in Barcelona, Spain over 15-19 July 2013 (click here).

The main theme for the XIth SCAR Biology Symposium is to be Life in Antarctica: Boundaries and Gradients in a Changing Environment.

The symposium will link the functional importance of land and water ecosystems and their biocomplexity within an ecosystem perspective in order to understand the Antarctic trophic web, effects of human impacts such as the ozone hole, climate change, the increase in tourism activities, the flexible boundaries and dynamic gradients in Antarctic ecosystem, as well Antarctic marine biodiversity through its patterns, processes and trends.

"An important aspect of this symposium is the outreach and education section, which will emphasize the importance of communication between polar researchers and educators in order to improve understanding and connections between scientists and society.  Moreover, one of the aims of the symposium is transferring scientific knowledge beyond the scientific community and letting the general public take an active part in post-symposium hands-on activities, open lectures, seminars, courses and exhibitions.  Such exposure will be of undoubtedly [sic] benefit to polar science."

The call for abstracts of poster or oral presentations has been opened.  Click here for the symposium's six sub-themes, each with an invited lecturer.

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An Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross incuabtes on Gough Island: within th SCAR area of interest

With thanks to Yan Ropert-Courdert for information

John Cooper, A CAP Information Officer, 17 October 2012