31.07 - 11.08.2020  
Hobart, Australia
Contact person:
Leishman Associates, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The joint Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) 2020 Open Science Conference and COMNAP Symposium and Annual General Meeting will be held from 31 July to 11 August 2020 in Hobart, Australia.

The SCAR Open Science Conference theme "Antarctic Science – Global Connections" recognises the significance of the scientific connections between Antarctica and the global system. It also reflects the strongly connected Antarctic science community and, in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty system, the importance of collaboration in Antarctic science.

*Update March 2020, from the organizers*

The SCAR COMNAP 2020 Local Organising Committee, in consultation with the SCAR and COMNAP Executive Committees have decided to cancel SCAR COMNAP 2020 in light of the global Coronavirus situation. The Committee has given due consideration to local Tasmanian and Australian health advice as well as the global response to the pandemic.

The SCAR and COMNAP event hosts, the Australian Antarctic Division, the Tasmanian State Government and the Australian Academy of Science wish to express their gratitude and appreciation to SCAR and COMNAP for affording us the opportunity to host these premier Antarctic science and management events. We also wish to thank those members and sponsors who have been so generous in their support of this event.

We appreciate that this is a disappointing outcome for those that were planning to travel to Hobart in July 2020 and for those Hobart-based scientists and Antarctic industry representatives that were looking forward to showcasing our Antarctic gateway city, but the health and wellbeing of the people in the Antarctic sector and the Tasmanian community is paramount.

Further information will shortly be available regarding cancellation arrangements for registered attendees, sponsors and exhibitors and event-specific information will be sent separately from the SCAR and COMNAP Secretariats in regards to any alternative arrangements required. For any urgent enquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




COMNAP Symposium: 2 August 2020
SCAR Open Science Conference: 3-7 August 2020
COMNAP XXXII Annual General Meeting: 3-6 August 2020
SCAR XXXVI Delegates Meeting: 10-11 August 2020


Hobart City Hall: Venue for COMNAP AGM
Hotel Grand Chancellor: Venue for COMNAP Symposium, meetings and exhibition and venue for SCAR Open Science Conference Plenary and parallel sessions, exhibition and SCAR Business Meetings
The Old Woolstore: Venue for SCAR Open Science Conference parallel session rooms


SCAR COMNAP 2020 will include a full program of meetings, symposia, side events and social events including the COMNAP Symposium, public SCAR lecture, and exhibition and poster sessions all structured to encourage SCAR and COMNAP attendee participation. It promises to be a world class event, capitalising on Hobart's unique status as the gateway to East Antarctica and the home of Australia's premier Antarctic institutions.

The conference programme, including sessions and descriptions, is now available on the conference website:

Important dates

28 February 2020: OSC Abstract submission closes
15 April 2020: OSC Early Bird Registration closes
16 April 2020: OSC General Registration
1 July 2020: OSC Late Registration
10 July 2020: COMNAP AGM Registration closes and Onsite Registration for OSC will be available

Abstract submissions

Abstract submission closes 28 February:


Early-bird registration closes 15 April:

Support for ECRs

SERCE will be offering grants to support travel and registration costs associated with attending SCAR2020. These will be up to $2,000 USD, and will be awarded to early-career researchers (ECRs) or researchers from countries with emerging Antarctic programs. An ECR is defined broadly as those researchers who have accumulated up to 7 years of research since completing their PhD (taking into account periods of part-time research or career breaks).
To apply please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:
- The year you attained your PhD (briefly document any time away from research)
- Estimated required travel and registration support
- Other sources of funding that will be supporting your travel to SCAR2020
- Your submitted abstract, on which you must be the named presenter
- A brief description of how your abstract fits with SERCE objectives.
Applications will be accepted up to the next working day after the OSC abstract deadline (OSC deadline 28 February, next working day 2 March). Applications will be reviewed by the SERCE Steering Committee and awards made conditional on abstract acceptance. The amount awarded to successful applicants will depend on a number of factors including: science quality; alignment with the aims of SERCE; travel requirements; and the number of applicants.

SCAR Delegates Meeting

The SCAR Delegates Meeting will be held after the Open Science Conference from 10-11 August, and the COMNAP XXII General Assembly will be held from 3-6 August 2020. More information on the COMNAP meeting can be found at:

Further information

Go to the official website:

PAGES working group session at SCAR OSC

CLIVASH2k project of the PAGES 2k Network
Session 6 - Past climate variability from Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
Convenors: Liz Thomas, Tessa Vance, Krystyna Saunders and Dieter Tetzner

Observational records from Antarctica have revealed significant climate change in recent decades, linked to large-scale modes of atmospheric circulation, ocean circulation and changes in sea ice. However, the Southern Ocean remains one of the least observed regions on earth, with limited spatial coverage and very few records extending beyond the instrumental period.

We invite submissions from data gatherers, climatologists and climate modelers investigating climate variability in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and the Southern Ocean over decadal to millennial timescales. The session aims to highlight a range of paleoclimate archives, including ice cores, lake sediments, peat and marine records that capture climate variability on local, regional and hemispheric scales.

We are especially interested in records that improve our understanding of large-scale modes of climate variability (SAM/ENSO/IPO), explore the links between mid and high-latitudes, data synthesis studies and model-data inter-comparisons.