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The SCAR Open Science Conferences are held every two years to draw attention to Antarctic issues. They provide an opportunity for scientists from a variety of disciplines and countries to present their work, to network and become more involved in SCAR science activities.

If you are interested in hosting the biennial SCAR Meetings, please see:

Examples of successful bids:

10th Open Science Conference

XXXVII SCAR, Hyderabad, India

The form of the meeting has yet to be determined but will be shaped by our recent experience and learning from SCAR 2020 Online, melded with our past experience of successful in-person conferences.

More details to follow.


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SCAR 2020 Online was held during the week of the original OSC (3rd-7th August 2020) with a combination of live streaming and recorded presentations. There were plenary presentations, mini-symposia, workshops, discussion forums and interactive opportunities.  Related events, including many sessions from the planned physical conference, were held during the weeks before and after the main conference. SCAR 2020 Online consisted of:

  • 24 key events
  • 21 related events
  • 2712 registered participants from 60 countries
  • 584 virtual displays.

Authors who submitted abstracts for the physical conference were invited to upload additional materials, such as posters, presentations and videos, for display.  A Book of Abstracts was produced containing the abstracts accepted for the cancelled Hobart OSC.

Many of the presentations, mini-symposia and workshops were recorded and are now available through the SCAR YouTube channel:

Some information from the SCAR 2020 Online website has been retained.  Please contact the Secretariat if you need access.

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The physical 2020 conference and meetings were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
XXXVI SCAR was scheduled to be held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 31 July to 11 August 2020

For more information about the cancellation, read the LOC's statement, or visit the SCAR COMNAP 2020 website for more information on the cancelled physical meeting.

"Antarctic Science - Global Connections"


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8th Open Science Conference

XXXV SCAR, Davos, Switzerland, 15-26 June 2018

"Where the Poles come together"

SCAR-IASC Open Science Conference 2018 website

Meeting Highlights by Juliana D'Andrilli, published in Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, DOI: 10.1002/lob.10275

Conference Abstracts:

pdf Polar 2018: Where the Poles come together - Abstract Proceedings (9.13 MB)

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XXXIV SCAR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20-30 August 2016

"Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics"


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XXXIII SCAR, Auckland, New Zealand, 22 August to 3 September 2014 

"Global Messages from Antarctica"

Conference Abstracts:

pdf SCAR Open Science Conference 2014 - Abstracts (with COMNAP Symposium) (3.62 MB)

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XXXII SCAR, Portland, Oregon, USA, 16-19 July 2012

"Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World"

Conference Abstracts:

pdf SCAR Open Science Conference 2012 - Abstracts (3.85 MB)

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XXXI SCAR, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 3-6 August 2010

"Antarctica – Witness to the Past and Guide to the Future"

Conference Abstracts:

4th SCAR Open Science Conference - Antarctica: Witness to the Past and Guide to the Future. Submitted Abstracts. S. Marenssi (editor), 2010. Cambridge, SCAR. CD-ROM. ISBN 978 0 948277 24 5

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XXX SCAR, St Petersburg, Russia, 8-11 July 2008

"Polar Research – Arctic and Antarctic perspectives in the International Polar Year"

Folder Planning Activities for SCAR Open Science Conference 2008

Photos from SCAR Open Science Conference 2008

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XXIX SCAR, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 12-14 July 2006

"Antarctica in the Earth System"

Folder Planning Activities for SCAR Open Science Conference 2006

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XXVIII SCAR, Bremen, Germany, 26-28 July 2004

"Antarctica and the Southern Ocean in the Global System"