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SCAR XXVIII 30: History of Institutionalisation of Antarctic Research within SCAR
XXVIII SCAR Delegates Meeting
3-8 October 2004, Bremerhaven, Germany

SCAR XXVIII 30: History of Institutionalisation of Antarctic Research within SCAR

Working Paper: 30
Agenda Item: 7.1.3

Cornelia Lüdecke
Centre for the History of Science, Mathematics and Technology University of Hamburg

Proposal for the establishment of an Action Group under the Delegate Committee on Standing Committees and Outreach

Program Summary

The aim of the history group is to obtain insight in the development, how Antarctic research was institutionalised within SCAR. We want to study to what degree research in the Antarctic has been driven by scientific criteria and to what extent compromises were made in the light of political barriers and logistical limitations. In historical perspective, a review will be made of essential background factors at work, both scientific and non-scientific ones, when nations were moved to participate in the IGY (1957-58) at time of the Cold War. Additionally socio-culturel background factors will be considered with regard to major nations that chose not to contribute to the IGY.