Antarctic Symposium to attract 350 scientists to Christchurch in 2021
The winning bid was presented by Professor Craig Cary, director for the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research at the University of Waikato and deputy director of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, on behalf of a group of New Zealand and Australian scientists.
Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau manager Caroline Blanchfield says the 13th SCAR Biology Symposium will attract 350 of the world’s top Antarctic scientists.
“As a major gateway to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, Christchurch is the ideal place for Antarctic researchers to meet,” she said. “Our modern central city facilities including the new Convention Centre, accommodation and hospitality venues and our location in the heart of the South Island make Christchurch an enticing destination for conferences.”
Professor Cary says Christchurch has had a longstanding and productive Antarctic history since the early era of explorers, and is now the logistics operations hub for four national Antarctic programmes – New Zealand, USA, Italy and South Korea.
“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase Australasian Antarctic science to the world in Christchurch,” he said.