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Business Meetings SCAR 2024

The biennial SCAR meetings are an opportunity for subsidiary groups and partners to meet and conduct their business. For some groups this provides the time to develop and produce reports for the Delegates Meeting which follows. Business can include, but is not limited to, sub-group progress reports (e.g., Action Groups and Expert Groups), creation and termination of sub-groups, reports of affiliated programmes/projects (,  Scientific Research Programmes, partnering programmes), planning for future activities (e.g., Scientific Research Programme Planning groups, workshops, symposia, and conferences), budgeting, and leadership elections, if appropriate.

The schedule for the Science Group Business Meetings (held on Wednesday, 21 August 2024) will follow soon.

The business meetings will mainly take place in the facilities of the Universidad de La Frontera and in the Gran Hotel Enjoy.

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Bunger Hills – An oasis for collaborations

Organised by: Tobias Stål (University of Tasmania, Australia), Adam Nawrot (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Bunger Hills, situated in East Antarctica adjacent to the Denman Glacier and Shackleton Ice Shelf, stands as a pivotal area for understanding the East Antarctic response to our changing climate. With its unique geography, Bunger Hills itself also offers a fertile ground for research across various disciplines.

Currently, Antarctic programs from Australia, Poland, and Russia maintain infrastructure within Bunger Hills. In addition, recent years have seen an increase in fieldwork activities, attracting participation from a diverse group of nations.

This side meeting aims to bring together minds eager to shape the scientific direction of Bunger Hills for the coming decade. This session is a call to discuss future scientific objectives, explore potential collaborations, and share interests in supporting data collection and logistical efforts.

We invite you to join us in this pivotal discussion, contributing to the formulation of a collaborative scientific agenda.

Understanding Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic coastal ecosystems: linkages from genes to processes in times of exacerbated climate change

Convenors: Humberto González, UACh-IDEAL, Bernd Krock, AWI-SubCob, Kerstin Jerosch, AWI-CoastCarb, Andrea Piñones, UACh-CoastCarb

Our intention is to foster a multi-disciplinary dialogue that merges genetic research, ecological investigations, and oceanography to decipher the complexity of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic coastal ecosystems. With this session the IDEAL center, SubCob and CoastCarb community encourage contributions that span a broad scope of observation and modeling studies, encompassing genetic adaptations of organisms to extreme conditions, interactions among species, biogeochemical cycles, and the impact of environmental changes on these vulnerable ecosystems.

The session will include talks that delve into diverse aspects of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic coastal observations and modeling. This includes studies on genetic diversity, species distributions, trophic dynamics, blue carbon, and the role of climate-driven variations on ecosystem structures. Collaboration will be key, as we plan to use this session as a platform for productive discussions and ideas exchange. By integrating cutting-edge research findings and collaborative insights, we hope to contribute to a more holistic comprehension of high-latitude coastal ecosystems and foster strategies for their preservation.


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Collaboration and Partnerships

  • Universidad de La Frontera
  • Universidad Católica de Temuco
  • Universidad de Chile
  • Universidad de Magallanes
  • Universidad de Santiago de Chile
  • Universidad de Concepción
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Instituto Milenio Base
  • Congreso Futuro
  • Municipalidad de Pucón
  • Municipalidad de Villarrica
  • Gobierno Regional de La Araucanía
  • Corporación Desarrollo Araucanía
  • Servicio Nacional de Turismo Región de Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena
  • Servicio Nacional de Turismo Región de La Araucanía
  • Corporación de Turismo de Pucón