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Call for Nominations -- Technology Developments to Advance Antarctic Research: A Workshop

Call for Nominations -- Technology Developments to Advance Antarctic Research: A Workshop

The National Academies will organize a (virtual) workshop to solicit broad community input regarding how technological innovation can:
  • advance, facilitate, and transform Antarctic research and facilitate improvements to science support logistics;
  • increase the reach of scientific investigations in Antarctica while reducing the logistics and environmental footprint of these operations; and
  • facilitate broader, more diverse participation in Antarctic research. 

The discussion themes will both focus on particular disciplinary sciences and cut across multiple disciplines. Some possible cross-cutting themes include, but are not limited to:
  • autonomous sensors and platforms,
  • communications and connectivity,
  • transportation and logistics, and
  • energy sources and consumption, including low power and battery developments.

The workshop will be organized by a committee of approximately 10 to 12 volunteer experts in fields such as:
  • sensors and observing systems for geophysical (geological, atmospheric, cryospheric, oceanic) and biological research;  
  • instruments and sensors for astronomy, astrophysics, space weather research;  
  • data and communications technologies;  
  • low-temperature electronics and batteries/power systems for cold-weather environments;  
  • remote logistics support; and
  • robotics and autonomous instrument engineering.
The National Academies are committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion in order to strengthen the quality of our work. Diverse perspectives contribute to finding innovative approaches and solutions to challenging issues. We encourage the nomination of volunteers who reflect the populations we serve and also welcome in particular nominations of candidates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, and early- and mid-career professionals.

We invite you to submit nominations for organizing committee members and/or reviewers for this workshop.

Contact information:
Name:  Bridget McGovern
Phone:  202-334-3358