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The first Antarctic Geology Symposium was held jointly with IUGS (the International Union of Geological Sciences) in September 1963 and initially was held at irregular intervals, interspersed with conferences on Antarctic Quaternary Studies and marine geology.  Since 1987, the International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES) has been held regularly every four years and alternates with SCAR's Biology Symposium.

XIII ISAES will be held in 2019 in South Korea.


XII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 2015

13-17 July 2015, Goa, India


XI International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 2011

July 2011, Edinburgh, UK

Publications resulting from the Symposium:

  • Antarctic Palaeoenvironments and Earth-Surface Processes. M.J. Hambrey, P.F. Barker, P.J. Barrett, V. Bowman, B. Davies, J.L. Smellie & M. Tranter (eds), 2013. Bath: Geological Society Publishing House, 506 pp. ISBN: 978-1-86239-363-9
  • Antarctica and Supercontinent Evolution. S.L. Harley, I.C.W. Fitzsimons & Y. Zhao (eds), 2014. Bath: Geological Society Publishing House, 237 pp. ISBN: 978-1-86239-367-7

X International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 2007

26 August - 1 September 2007, Santa Barbara, California, USA

  • Symposium website
  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Antarctica: A Keystone in a Changing World—Online Proceedings for the 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences. Alan Cooper, Carol Raymond and the 10th ISAES Editorial Team (eds), 2007. - includes 11 keynote papers, 109 short research papers, 217 extended abstracts, 3 meeting and workshop reports and the symposium programme book. All are available for free download in PDF format.

IX International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 2003

9th SCAR/IUGS International Symposium of Antarctic Earth Sciences

2003, Potsdam, Germany

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Antarctica : contributions to global earth sciences. D K Futterer, D Damaske, G Kleinschmidt, H Miller and F Tessensohn (eds), 2006. Berlin: Springer, 477 pp.

VIII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 1999

8th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences

July 1999, Wellington, New Zealand

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Antarctica at the close of a Millennium. J A Gamble, D N B Skinner & S Henrys (ed), 2002.

VII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 1995

7th SCAR/IUGS Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences

10-15 September 1995, Siena, Italy

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - The Antarctic region: geological evolution and processes. C A Ricci (ed), 1997. Siena, Terra Antartica Publication, 1206 pp.

VI International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 1991

6th SCAR/IUGS Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences

9-13 September 1991, Saitama, Japan,

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Recent Progress in Antarctic Earth Science. Y Yoshida, K Kaminuma and K Shiraishi (ed). 1992. Tokyo, Terra Scientific Publishing Company, 796 pp.

V International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 1987

5th SCAR/IUGS Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences

23-28 August 1987, Cambridge, UK

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Geological evolution of Antarctica. M R A Thomson, J A Crame and J W Thomson (ed), 1991. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 722 pp.

IV International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 1982

4th SCAR/IUGS Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences

16-20 August 1982, Adelaide, Australia

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Antarctic Earth Science. R L Oliver, P R James & J B Jago (ed), 1983. Canberra, Australian Academy of Science and Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 697 pp.

III International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 1977

3rd SCAR/IUGS Symposium on Antarctic Geology and Geophysics

22-27 August 1977, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Antarctic Geoscience. C Craddock (ed), 1982. Madison, The University of Wisconsin Press, 1172 pp.

II International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 1970

2nd SCAR/IUGS Symposium on Antarctic Geology and Solid Earth Geophysics

6-15 August 1970, Oslo, Norway

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Antarctic Geology and Geophysics (IUGS Series B No 1) edited by R J Adie: 876 pp., 1972, Universitetsforlaget.

I International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences 1963

1st SCAR/IUGS Symposium on Antarctic Geology

16-21 September 1963, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Proceedings of the Symposium - Antarctic Geology, edited by R J Adie: 758 pp., 1964. Amsterdam, North Holland Publishing Co