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The SCAR Open Science Conferences are held every two years to draw attention to Antarctic issues. They provide an opportunity for scientists from a variety of disciplines and countries to present their work, to network and become more involved in SCAR science activities.

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The physical 2020 conference and meetings have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

XXXVI SCAR was scheduled to be held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 31 July to 11 August 2020

For more information about the cancellation, read the LOC's statement, or visit the SCAR COMNAP 2020 website for more information on the cancelled physical meeting.

"Antarctic Science - Global Connections"


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SCAR plans to move some of the key elements of the OSC online. This will be done through a combination of live-streaming during the week of the original OSC (3rd-7th August 2020) and recorded presentations. We plan to feature a selection of the plenary presentations as well as highlights of SCAR’s concluding scientific research programmes and potential future programmes. We hope that as many as possible will take advantage of the opportunity to take part. We have an excellent line-up planned including

  • plenary speakers Dr Valerie Masson-Delmotte (co-chair, working group I, IPCC), Dr Daniela Liggett (Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Professor Nerilie Abram (Australian National University) and Dr Juliana Vianna (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).
  • mini-symposia including ‘Antarctica in a warming world; regional changes, global consequences and future commitments’ convened by Dr Nancy Bertler, Dr Florence Colleoni and Dr Ceridwen Fraser ;  Highlights of SCAR’s Current Scientific Research Programmes and SCAR’s Future Scientific Research Programmes.
  • workshops on inclusive collaborations, FAIR data, Argo floats, SCAR’s capacity building activities, and more

There will also be a number of thematic text-based discussion fora and interactive opportunities such as a virtual meeting hub.

Registration will open during the week beginning 6th July and will be free and open to all.

From mid-July anyone who had an abstract accepted for the cancelled OSC meeting in Hobart, will be invited to share material (posters, presentations, etc) via the conference platform. Viewing will open in the last week of July.

If you have any questions about our plans don’t hesitate to get in touch via info[at]scar.org.


Polar 2018 logo8th Open Science Conference

XXXV SCAR, Davos, Switzerland, 15-26 June 2018

"Where the Poles come together"

SCAR-IASC Open Science Conference 2018 website

Meeting Highlights by Juliana D'Andrilli, published in Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, DOI: 10.1002/lob.10275

Conference Abstracts:

pdf Polar 2018: Where the Poles come together - Abstract Proceedings (9.13 MB)

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XXXIV SCAR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20-30 August 2016

"Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics"


6th Open Science Conference

XXXIII SCAR, Auckland, New Zealand, 22 August to 3 September 2014 

"Global Messages from Antarctica"

Conference Abstracts:

pdf SCAR Open Science Conference 2014 - Abstracts (with COMNAP Symposium) (3.62 MB)

5thOpen Science Conference

XXXII SCAR, Portland, Oregon, USA, 16-19 July 2012

"Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World"

Conference Abstracts:

pdf SCAR Open Science Conference 2012 - Abstracts (3.85 MB)

4th Open Science Conference

XXXI SCAR, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 3-6 August 2010

"Antarctica – Witness to the Past and Guide to the Future"

Conference Abstracts:

4th SCAR Open Science Conference - Antarctica: Witness to the Past and Guide to the Future. Submitted Abstracts. S. Marenssi (editor), 2010. Cambridge, SCAR. CD-ROM. ISBN 978 0 948277 24 5

 3rd Open Science Conference

XXX SCAR, St Petersburg, Russia, 8-11 July 2008

"Polar Research – Arctic and Antarctic perspectives in the International Polar Year"

Folder Planning Activities for SCAR Open Science Conference 2008

Photos from SCAR Open Science Conference 2008

2nd Open Science Conference

XXIX SCAR, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 12-14 July 2006

"Antarctica in the Earth System"

Folder Planning Activities for SCAR Open Science Conference 2006

 1st Open Science Conference

XXVIII SCAR, Bremen, Germany, 26-28 July 2004

"Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in the Global System"