Future Events

Social Events

Social events for the entire APECS Oceania is impossible, as we are spread out and it would be extremely costly just to get everyone together. We hope to arrange local social event for each area (Christchurch, Hobart, Melbourne, as examples). If you are interested in a social event or a local mailing list for social event, please do not hesitate in contacting us. Please be aware that alcohol ought not to be the focus at these events.

Polar Week

March and September, 2019

There are two Polar Week event periods per year. They both occur around the equinoxes, that is March and September. APECS Oceania participates in Polar Week celebrations. We will update this space with Polar Week news.

2nd APECS Oceania Symposium

APECS Oceania is preparing for the 2nd APECS Oceania Symposium. Last year it was held in Melbourne, Victoria. This year, we are hoping to hold it is New Zealand in collaboration with wither Polar Week or Antarctica Day. Details are yet to be confirmed, including date, location, keynote speakers, theme and sponsors; so please watch this space for future developments.

There has also been quite a bit of feedback asking whether we will be holding the / a symposium in Hobart, Tasmania. We are aiming to spread the love and plan to host a symposium in Hobart, as we do appreciate that logistics, transport and finances for everyone is different, and it can be difficult to attend as an early career polar scientist due to restrictions (passports and flying across Oceania are still costly).

Please remember that the symposium can be attended online in a webinar style.

Antarctica Day

1st December, 2019

APECS Oceania will be holding or participating in (an) Antarctica Day event(s) in Australia and New Zealand. Please watch this space.


4th to 14th December, 2019

Queenstown, New Zealand

This is the first Southern Hemisphere Conference on Permafrost (SouthCOP). To find out more about SouthCOP 2019, visit the SouthCOP2019 website. Here is a quick blurb from that website:

“This conference will operate in a new format, with three-day field excursions offered before and after the conference session days. This will allow participants to make a roundtrip from Christchurch to Queenstown, with visits to glaciers and glacial lakes, the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, cultural points of interest, and scenic spots to discuss glacial and periglacial landscape development.”

SCAR Open Science Conferences

31st July to 11th August, 2020

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

This will be the 9th biannual Open Science Conferences delivered by the Scientific Community on Antarctic Research (SCAR). To find out more about the SCAR Open Science Conferences, please visit the SCAR – OSC website. Here is an extract from that website about the conference:

“The SCAR Open Science Conferences are held every two years to draw attention to Antarctic issues. They provide an opportunity for scientists from a variety of disciplines and countries to present their work, to network and become more involved in SCAR science activities.”