“The increase in importance of Antarctic science cannot be understated. Our gateway, through collaboration and facilitation, plays a pivotal role in supporting the scientific endeavours in Antarctica. We are dedicated to fostering research initiatives and promoting knowledge exchange, enabling scientists to make crucial discoveries that impact global understanding and preservation efforts,” says Tayler.
In 2017, the Antarctic sector delivered a total economic impact of more than $260 million to the Canterbury economy, contributing to a total economic impact of $480 million for New Zealand as a whole. Additionally, this sector was responsible for creating around 3,500 jobs in the region.
“We recognise the significant economic value of supporting Antarctic logistics. Our city plays a vital role in facilitating the transportation of equipment, personnel, and supplies for researchers and scientists from around the globe. This logistical support not only generates revenue and job opportunities for our local businesses and workforce but also strengthens international collaboration,” says ChristchurchNZ CEO Ali Adams.
The four-day program culminates on the 28 th of July with a public event Antarctica After Dark Friday evening at Christchurch’s Majestic. The two-hour experience features a variety of presenters, designed to entertain, and inspire, leaving the public in awe of the great southern continent.
Following this week’s activity, hundreds more international scientists will visit for the XIII SCAR Biology Symposium 31 July to 4 August at Te Pae. 300 researchers from 32 National Antarctic Programs will discuss Antarctic Biology and Ecology for the first face-to-face SCAR meeting in three years.
The conference offers four days of invited keynotes, plenaries, and concurrent sessions, with a mid-week break of excursions to allow attendees to enjoy some spectacular parts of New Zealand’s South Island. On Tuesday August 1, Awesome Antarctica will be held 6pm-7.30pm at the TSB Community Space Hapori on Level 1 at Tūranga, at which four speakers from around the globe will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the Southern Ocean.
“From penguin populations to the bleeding edge of Biodiversity science, Awesome Antarctica is all about the continent’s future challenges and inspiring people to care about this extraordinary region,” says Michelle La Rue, Conservation Biologist and Ecologist at University of Canterbury and MC of the event. “There’s never been a more exciting, and more critical time, to enter the realm of Antarctic research and forge a career in understanding the science of the ice,” says La Rue