Thursday, 28 March 2013

Saturday, 16 March 2013

POGO Visiting Fellowship for training on-board an Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) cruise in 2013

POGO Visiting Fellowship for training on-board an Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) cruise in 2013

Dear Colleagues, 
 
POGO is pleased to announce that it will once again offer a special POGO Visiting Fellowship for training on-board an Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) cruise in 2013. This initiative is now in its sixth year and has proved to be a very successful training programme providing hands-on, sea-going experience to young scientists from developing countries, and the opportunity to be involved in an internationally renowned scientific programme. 
 
The selected candidate will have the opportunity to visit Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) in the UK, for one month prior to the start of the cruise to participate in cruise preparation and planning; to go on the cruise (10 October - 24 November 2012 from UK to Chile) and help make hydrological, bio-optical and ecological observations; and after the cruise to spend one additional month at PML, learning to analyse the results statistically and interpret them. The fellowship will provide a round-trip ticket to the UK and a stipend for living expenses for up to two months stay in the UK; flights and accommodation associated with joining the ship; ship messing fee; seafaring medical and sea survival course. 
 
The programme is open to scientists, technicians, graduate students (PhD/MSc) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. 
 
The application deadline is 3rd May 2013. See flyer and application guidelines for further details, or visit http://www.ocean-partners.org/training-and-education/research-cruise-training/pogo-amt-fellowships


Please feel free to circulate this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.
 
Best regards,
 
Dr. Vikki Cheung
Scientific Coordinator
Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO)

[Polarpol] Belarus, Russia sign agreement on cooperation in Antarctica‏

[Polarpol] Belarus, Russia sign agreement on cooperation in Antarctica

http://news.belta.by/en/news/society?id=709745

Thursday, 7 March 2013

[Polarpol] News

[Polarpol] Importance of Antarctic in a local economy [Tasmanian State Premier's speech]

Without overstating the significance of local political statements in Tasmania to those of you outside Australia, a major speech by the State Premier there today may have passing interest in showing how there (as perhaps also in Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, and Christchurch), Antarctica and the commercial facets of Antarctic activities may have local economic/political significance. These local - and not just national and international - contexts are increasingly salient in relation to Antarctic futures.
 
Full (and rather long) address at: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/media_room/media_releases/premiers_address
 
The two referrals to Antarctica
 
"We are seizing the opportunities offered by MONA, Barnbougle, our tourism industry, our outstanding University, our world class arts and cultural industry, and our status as a gateway to the Antarctic."
 
"Following our meetings with Chinese Antarctic officials, this summer saw the first visit by an ice breaker from that country, building on expected visits from Korean and Japanese vessels and consolidating our key role in Antarctic logistics and research." 
 
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Dr Alan D. Hemmings
Environmental Consultant - Polar Regions


[Polarpol] "Antarctic Trip: Diplomacy on Ice Heats Up" [US State Department Magazine]


Diplomacy on Ice - pages 10-12 in

The March 2013 number of the US State Department's magazine (State Magazine Issue Number 576) profiles recent US interests and actions in relation to Antarctica: "Diplomacy on Ice", pages 10-12.

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/205362.pdf

The inspections, representing the first time either country had conducted a joint inspection in Antarctica, were called for in an agreement that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in September 2012. The United States and Russia were architects of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and today conduct some of the most extensive and diverse scientific activities in Antarctica. Importantly, both countries reject territorial claims by other parties and are strong supporters of the Antarctic Treaty system. Working closely with our Russian counterparts provided an excellent opportunity to reinforce our shared objectives for the peace and science in Antarctica. The results of the inspection will be presented to all treaty parties at the May Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting.

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Dr Alan D. Hemmings
Environmental Consultant - Polar Regions

Monday, 4 March 2013

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2013 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2013

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2013 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2013

Three leading Antarctic organisations today announce opportunities for early career researchers. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation and astrophysics research.

Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early career researchers. The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to US$15,000 each and up to five fellowships in total are on offer for 2013. The fellowships enable early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons. The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 4 June 2013.

This year, the SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with the Scientific Scholarship Scheme of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AU$ 30,000 to assist early career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years. The scheme was established in 2010 and a maximum of three awards will be made in 2013. The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term. The deadline for CCAMLR applications is 1 October 2013.

All three schemes are being jointly promoted by the three organisations. For more information on SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships, visit the SCAR website at: http://www.scar.org/awards/fellowships/information.html

Or the COMNAP website at: https://www.comnap.aq/SitePages/fellowships.aspx

For information on CCAMLR Scholarships, visit the CCAMLR website at: http://www.ccamlr.org/en/science/ccamlr-scientific-scholarship-scheme