Celebrating Women in Antarctic Research

The presence and impact of female Antarctic researchers has increased rapidly. In the 1950s most countries did not allow women to work in Antarctica and there were few female Antarctic scientists. Today females are playing leading and influential roles in Antarctic research. For example the Alfred Wegener Institute and the British Antarctic Survey are both led by women and women have led several high impact papers on Antarctic science over the last ten years [eg 1‐4]. With 55% of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) members being female, it is time to promote and celebrate the achievements of female Antarctic scientists within the SCAR community in order to increase the visibility of these leading and influential role models for our younger female researchers and to stimulate girls around the world to pursue science careers.

Organizing Committee

Jan Strugnell, La Trobe University, Australia (contact)
Nerida Wilson, Western Australian Museum
Craig Stevens, NIWA, New Zealand
Justine Shaw, University of Queensland, Australia
Thomas Shafee, La Trobe University, Australia
Rachel Downey, APECS and Senckenberg Museum and Research Institute, Germany/Italy   
Jenny Baeseman, SCAR, UK/Norway


1. Bell RE et al (2007) Large subglacial lakes in East Antarctica at the onset of fast-flowing ice streams. Nature 445, 307‐311
2. Brandt A et al (2007) First insights into the biodiversity and biogeography of the Southern Ocean deep sea. Nature 447, 307‐333
3. Fricker H et al (2007) An active subglacial water system in West Antarctic mapped from space. Science 315, 1544‐ 1548
4. Woodward SC et al. (2014) Antarctic role in Northern Hemisphere glaciation. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1255586