Join our Cosmos Briefing Accessing Antartica, on Thursday 10 June.
Remote and wild, Antarctica was once solely the domain of hardcore explorers. As the continent becomes more accessible, science and tourism are expanding – but does this come with an environmental cost? Should access to these fragile ecosystems be regulated, and who gets to decide?
Professor Alan Duffy of The Royal Institution of Australia will host Professor Steven L Chown FAA FRSsaf and Greg Mortimer OAM for the 45-minute session, beginning 3pm AEST. Please register here.
Chown is Director of Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future, an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative and Professor at Monash University. His Antarctic research covers many aspects of biodiversity variation and its conservation. Owing to his interest in the science-policy interface, for many years he represented the international Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), of which he was also President (2016-2021), at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, providing scientific advice on a broad range of environmental and science policy matters.
Mortimer is best known as a mountaineer; he was one of the first two Australians to climb Mt Everest (1984) and the first Australian to climb Antarctica’s highest peak, Vinson Massif, in 1988. He later co-founded adventure cruise company Aurora Expeditions and has led over 80 expeditions to Antarctica. He trained as a geochemist and geologist has also previously worked for the New Zealand Antarctic Division.
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