RfP 2014-1 Type A Proposals
37 proposals for short-term research projects (one year in duration with funding requests of up to $100,000) were submitted by the application deadline on 3 February. Principle Investigators represented 12 institutions. This is an increase over last year's 30 submissions from 10 institutions. Applications are currently under review by the International Science Panel (ISP) with support from an additional 30 international peer-reviewers. Applicants will be notified of outcomes by mid-April.
Deep South Challenge:
On 10 February, Gary Wilson (NZARI Director), Rob Fenwick (Chair of the Board, NZARI), Rob Murdoch (NIWA),Ian Graham (GNS Science), and Tim Naish (VUW) met with the NSC review panel for a discussion of the Deep South proposal submitted in December. The interview lasted for two hours and was wide ranging. The panel made no firm commitment on the timeline for feedback on the first tranche of the National Science Challenge proposals.
March Workshop at University of Seattle:
Adrian McDonald (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury) and Mike Harvey (Principal Scientist – Atmosphere, NIWA) will be representing New Zealand science at the upcoming workshop on "Clouds, Aerosols, Radiation and the Air-Sea Interface of the Southern Ocean" hosted by the University of Seattle on 18 - 19 March 2014. NZARI funded air travel for both scholars.
International Symposium on Polar Science:
KOPRI, the Korean Polar Research Institute, will be hosting its 20th International Symposium on Polar Science on 27 – 29 May in Incheon, Korea. The proceedings are entitled "Our Collective Journey to Connect the Past and Future from the Antarctic" and abstract submissions are currently being accepted. The deadline for abstract submissions is 21 March and registration closes on 18 April. For further information on the symposium as well as a list of confirmed speakers, please visit: http://symposium.kopri.re.kr/index.html.
There is just over 1 month to go before proposals are due for MBIE's 2014 contestable science investment round. The Environment RFP includes Antarctic specific funding of just over $1m per annum. You can find more details on MBIE's website http://www.msi.govt.nz/get-funded/research-organisations/2014-contestable-science-investment-round/ Proposals are due at noon on 8th April 2014.
Another reminder that the SCAR Open Science Conference will be the only Antarctica New Zealand-sponsored conference this year. This is a rare opportunity to attend this conference in New Zealand. Registration for the SCAR Open Science Conference is open. For more information, please visit the Conference website at: www.scar2014.com Remember, early bird registration will save you $200 so make sure you register before the 5th May 2104.
Please note that the final deadline for Abstract Submissions to the SCAR Open Science Conference is this Friday 28th February (all time zones). So far around 750 abstracts have been submitted. Given the high number of abstracts submitted already, early indications are that the conference will be very well attended.
Session 46 Scientific Advice for Policymakers
One of the sessions at the conference this year is Scientific Advice for Policymakers. New Zealand is heavily involved in this session with Jana Newman (Antarctic New Zealand) co-chairing this session.
SCAR provides scientific advice to governments, promotes productive linkages between scientists and policy/decision-makers, and ensures that science contributes to the formulation of scientifically sound international agreements. In particular, as an Observer to the Antarctic Treaty, it provides advice on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Added to this, SCAR engages other organisations to provide advice and expertise on Antarctic and Southern Ocean matters in the global climate system. This multi-disciplinary session invites contributions on all aspects of scientific advice to policy makers, including - but not limited to - protection of the marine and terrestrial systems in the Antarctic region.
About the conference
The SCAR Open Science Conference in Auckland will focus on Global Messages from Antarctica and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the World. In addition to regular oral and poster sessions, morning plenary sessions will address the following themes which are expected to be of wide interest:
Key-note lectures on the opening day of the SCAR OSC will include:
We're in the process of closing out the 2013/14 field season and Scott Base is now in winter mode with 15 people on base (4 Antarctic Heritage Trust staff and 11 Antarctica New Zealand staff). The final flight out of McMurdo Sound this season is scheduled for Monday the 10th March.
The sea ice broke out outside Scott Base towards the end of January so staff and visitors at Scott Base have been treated to a host of wildlife right outside the Base.
Have a look at the webcams on our website at: http://antarcticanz.govt.nz/scott-base/current-conditions to see the latest images from Scott Base.