By Kelly

This week from the Shine Dome will host a symposium celebrating 100 years of Antarctic Science. This is a continuation of celebrations that mark a centenary since Douglas Mawson, my favourite Australian earth scientist, landed in Commonwealth Bay during the golden age of Antarctic exploration. Mawson wrote:  “As to the Antarctic … almost every observation would be fresh material added to the sum of human knowledge”. And this tradition continues on as researchers from across disciplines descend on Canberra to discuss the state of Antarctic Science, both present and into the future.

This symposium is also an opportunity for early career researchers to present their work to their peers and to members of the academy, aswell as participate in a number of workshops and networking events before Friday’s main program. The program is found here and for those of us not lucky enough to be attending, the event will be live-streamed and is accessed here from 8:45am this Friday the 4th of May. Prior to the symposium, early career researcher is Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas will present her work on ecosystem modelling at an open seminar between 12.00 – 13.00 Tuesday 1 May – Frank Fenner Building Seminar Room Linnaeus Way. All are welcome, and the abstract can be viewed here.