Sustainable solutions talk brings change to Antarctic management challenges
Author: By: Erin Davis, SCAR 2012 Communications Intern
Posted: July 2, 2012

Free symposium Sunday 9 a.m. to 5:30 pm, July 15, 2012

(Portland, Ore.) July 2, 2012 — On July 15, 2012, Portland State University will host a free public symposium presented by the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), “Sustainable Solutions to Antarctic Research: Supporting Polar Research in the 21st Century.” 

The symposium will be held 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at Portland State University's University Place Hotel in the Columbia Falls Ballroom (310 S.W. Lincoln Ave., Portland, Ore.).

Keynote speakers include Dr. Gwynne Dyer, journalist and broadcaster, “Climate Change, the Geopolitics of Scarcity, and Antarctica”; and Professor Steven Chown, head of the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, Australia, “Addressing Conservation Challenges in the Antarctic: The role of National Antarctic Programs."

In Antarctica, “sustainable solutions” means more than efficiency, resiliency, and environmental responsibility. There, sustainability means stewardship of the scientific endeavor itself. In a challenging financial environment, managers of national Antarctic programs are innovators who collaborate across disciplines and across national boundaries to find and share best practices in one of the most remote and least forgiving environments on Earth.

This special symposium, designed to be accessible to both members of the Portland community and professionals, will showcase the work and sustainability strategies in areas such as Technology Enabling Sustainability, Sustainable Logistics Support, and Supporting Antarctic Science: Challenge and Solutions. 

The symposium is presented by the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs, with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The COMNAP symposium leads in to the 2012 biennial meetings of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and Open Science Conference, “Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World,” July 13-25, 2012. Nearly 1,200 researchers focused on Antarctica and southern oceans will attend this major scientific gathering, hosted by Portland State University.

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News Release: For Immediate Release (PR-12-068) 

By: Erin Davis, SCAR 2012 Communications Intern 
Portland State University,

Source: Christina Hulbe, Professor and Chair, Department of Geology
Portland State University,