Open Science Conference Keynote Lectures

The opening Plenary session of the 2012 SCAR Open Science Conference features four Keynote lectures on over-arching themes in Antarctic research and policy. For the first time in OSC history, this session will be open, free of charge, to all.

Weyprecht Lecture

Dr Robert Bindschadler

What Ice Sheets Hate

NASA Goddard Senior Fellow Dr Bob Bindschadler will give the Weyprech Lecture on his work to understand the processes underlying rapid change in Antarctic ice masses and their relationship to global sea level. Dr Bindschadler has led 16 Antarctic field expeditions and pioneered the use of satellite remote sensing in glaciological research during his more than 30 year career at NASA. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a past President of the International Glaciological Society, and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1994.

Antarctic Science Lecture

Dr Angelika Brandt

Marine Biodiversity and the role of the Southern Ocean in its evolution

Professor Angelika Brandt, Deputy director of the Zoological Museum Hamburg and the Biozentrum Grindel and recipient of the SCAR Medal for research excellence, will give the Antarctic Science lecture. Her research focuses on systematics, evolution, ecology, biogeography and biodiversity in the deep sea, especially in the polar regions. Dr Brandt has participated in more than a dozen expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic.

Antarctic Policy Lecture

Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi

Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World

Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi is Professor of Political Science at the Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He is a Fellow of India-China Institute at the New School, New York and an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society, New York. Dr Chaturvedi’s area of specialization is the theory and practice of Geopolitics, with special reference to Polar Regions and the Indian Ocean Region. He is the author of Polar Regions: A Political Geography.

2012 Martha T. Muse Prize Winner

Dr Stephen Rintoul

Recipient of the 2012 Martha T Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica

Dr Rintoul is a a physical oceanographer at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart, Australia. His research has made a profound contribution to the scientific understanding of the Southern Ocean and of Antarctica’s role in the global system. His work has provided new understanding of the structure, dynamics and variability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the largest ocean current on Earth. He has also shown how the Southern Ocean circulation links the shallow and deep layers of the ocean to form a global network of ocean currents that strongly influences climate patterns. Dr Rintoul’s leadership has been critical to advancing coordinated international investigation of the Southern Ocean and to promoting long term Southern Ocean observing systems.

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