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The “Lewander Lecture” is presented by the SCAR History EG. It is given during the SCAR Open Science Conference (SCAR OSC) or during the workshops of the SCAR History EG, in memory of our Swedish Lisbeth Lewander, who passed away in early 2012, and her inspiring work on the history of polar research.

The annual "Lewander Lecture" is chosen by the chair of the SCAR History Expert Group and the co-convenors from the abstracts submitted to the sessions of the SCAR History EG during the bi-annual SCAR OSCs or during the alternate biennial workshops of the SCAR History EG.

The lecture should demonstrate the value of dealing with polar history from diverse points of view, as well as the importance of sharing ideas and experiences with the next generation of scholars in order to widen involvement in the field. The lecture should be inspiring and deal either with new methods and ideas related to the history of polar research, or with knowledge based on decades of original research.

The Lewander Lecture was conceived in 2012 by Antarctic Polar Early Career Scientists and Senior Scientists who knew Lisbeth Lewander personally through various conferences and workshops:
Cornelia Lüdecke (Chair SCAR History Expert Group, Germany), Aant Elzinga (Sweden), Adrian Howkins (USA), Pedar Roberts (France), Consuelo Leon Wöppke (Chile) and Lize-Marié van der Watt (South Africa).

List of Lewander Lectures

2017

Consuele Leon Wöppke (Chile):
Chilean Antarctic Historiography: Main Contributions and New Trends

2016

Adriwan Howkins (USA): 
Changing patterns of human activity in the McMurdo dry valleys since the 1950s

2015

Peder Roberts (Sweden):
“Enriching polar environments through animals: the curious history of bipolar animal transfers”

2014

Elizabeth Leane (Australia):
“The Macquarie Island penguin-harvesting controversy. Science, celebrity and media in a subantarctic wildlife campaign”

2013

Victoria Nuviala and Ximena Senatore (Argentina):
“Figures in the Fog: Ways of telling the Antarctic whaler's history (20th century, Antarctica)”

2012

Heidi Prozesky and Lize-Marié van der Watt (both South Africa):
“The triple burden of masculinity: A gender analysis of South African Antarctic and sub-Antarctic science, c. 1961-2011”