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The aim of the group is to act as a meeting place for scholars working on the history of the Antarctic from diverse perspectives, with an overt focus on involving junior scholars and fostering collaboration among Group members.

The original aim of the History Action Group was to obtain insight into the development of how Antarctic research was institutionalized within SCAR. The goal was 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. It is the only existing group offering the unique opportunity of sharing archival work referring to Antarctic history with personal experiences of polar researchers from all continents. The group has held many workshops and its work has contributed directly to the work of several PhD students. The History Group plans to increase collaboration in terms of involving more nations and increasing participation of students and early career historians.