2015 SCAR Visiting Professor Dr Robert Larter has completed his exchange to Tromsø, Norway. Dr Larter is the Deputy Science Leader of the Palaeoenvironments, Ice sheets and Climate Change (PICC) team at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). He was hosted at the Department of Geology, University of Tromsø, by Dr Matthias Forwick. Read the full report here.
Dr Larter was awarded the visit to Norway to mentor a new generation of marine geoscientists whose experience in the Arctic could be complemented by Dr Larters expertise in Antarctic research. To date, Norwegian researchers have conducted little geoscience research in the Antarctic and thus the visit was timely as a major new opportunity for Norwegian researchers to develop Antarctic research initiatives will emerge when their new polar research vessel, the RV Kronprins Haakon, comes into service in 2018.
During his visit Dr Larter gave an invited presentation at the annual conference used by the Department to showcase work by PhD and young doctoral researchers, and which gave an opportunity for stimulating discussions with students during the poster sessions. He followed up by working with MSc and Phd students, delivering three seminar presentations (two at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø) and one lecture during his stay at the Department of Geology. He is exploring new research opportunities with Dr Forwick and also as a result of further discussions with colleagues at Tromsø, two of whom have since visited Dr Larter in Cambridge.
Dr Larter reflected “It was great to spend time in a different institution, to find out about the diverse range of research going on there, and to have time to discuss topics with people in much greater depth than is usually possible at conferences.”
The SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme is directed at mid- to late-career scientists and academics (more than five years after completing their PhD) whose work contributes to the research objectives of SCAR, offering the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (from one to four weeks) to another SCAR member country to provide training and mentoring. The core purpose of the Visiting Professor Scheme is to build capacity in countries with smaller or less-developed Antarctic research programmes.
A full list of the SCAR Visiting Professors together with the available Visit Reports are available at the Visiting Professors Awardees webpage.