XXXII SCAR and Open Science Conference & COMNAP XXIV AGM


The Local Organizing Committee and Portland State University welcome the Antarctic community to Portland, Oregon.

July is prime time in Oregon, from the eastern desert to the western shores, our skies are blue and the living is easy. We hope you were able to arrive early or to stay late and get to know us. Both Portland State University and the conference hotel, the Hilton Portland, are located in the heart of the city, with convenient public transportation connections to Portland International Airport and city attractions.

photo of pedestrian bridge at PSU; motto reads: Let knowledge serve the city


Conference Coverage in the Media

Conference coverage and press information are regularly updated on the media page, with links to external media coverage, and local press releases. The Facebook page is another quick way to connect with news and updates.

Become an Antarctic explorer with panoramic imagery

Using Street View technology Google has updated and extended access to many of the important spots across the Antarctic. As part of the World Wonders Project, with the help of the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, 360-imagery of the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton's hut, Scott's hut, Cape Royds Adelie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole is now available.

Conference Program

The most recent Conference Program Spreadsheet is available.

Daily session sechedules with speaker details are available in pdf:

Conference Calendar Spreadsheet

A detailed day-by-day calendar of the conference has been developed. It's tabbed by day for easy reference to find a particular speaker or topic of interest. As there are many topics and presentations throughout the conference, the spreadsheet format provides another way to quickly scan the conference.

Abstracts Available

Abstracts for oral presentations and poster sessions are now available, and linked from the Daily Detailed Schedules for each day's program.

International Antarctic Photographic Exhibition

"Our Antarctica — Images from the Great White South" Submissions from around the world have now been judged and the top 53 photographs will be displayed in the Hilton Hotel during the Open Science Conference. The opening of the exhibition will be at 7:30 PM on Saturday 14 July.

COMNAP Symposium

Sustainable Solutions to Antarctic Challenges: Supporting Polar Research in the 21st Century. Presentations will be made on topics such as: Energy Initiatives, Innovations in renewable energy, Energy conservation initiatives, Science & Technology Initiatives and Remote Sensing Advances. Posters on these and additional topics will also be on display. The Symposium is an all day event, which is open to all registered participants. More information is available at

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Last Minute Poster Printing

Portland State University has a partnership with the FedEx Office and Print location at 5th and Clay, and they have four hour turn around poster printing available. Tell them you are with the SCAR Portland State meeting for professional pricing. FedEx Office, 1400 SW 5th Ave, 503.223.2056.

Document Updates

The newest version of the Open Science Conference Full and Overview Programs are now available from

How To

Details are always important, so we inaugurate the How To section to contain them. Guidelines for Poster Presenters — everything from times to sizes — and Oral Presentation Guidelines with technical details, equipment information, and formatting requirements are available.

Antarctic Perspectives — Connecting the Arts to Science

Antarctic scientists inspire Portland's imagination with fascinating stories and arts! Come experience five "Science-Arts Rendezvous" in Portland, July 15-19 — all are FREE admission.

Conference Hotel Updates

First, there are still plenty of rooms still available in the SCAR block. The July 11-14 dates are filling up quickly, and while there are plenty of double bedded rooms, the block is getting very short on King bedded rooms in the pre-conference dates. The July 15-19 dates still have plenty of King and double rooms. If you encounter apparent outages, please check availability for all room types, as flexibility is key.

Subsidized Housing Update

The subsidized housing opportunity has closed. All of the rooms on the Portland State University campus that were available have been allocated and the participants notified.


The joint SCAR and COMNAP 2012 Banquet will take place at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Tickets are available at the registration site, and admission is free for accompanying persons under the age of 18.

Hotel Reservation Pricing Ends

The SCAR and COMNAP early reservation room rate at the Hilton Conference hotel has been extended, and will now expire June 15th. After that date, the standard market rate will apply, so reserve rooms now for the best rate.

Dr Stephen Rintoul final plenary speaker

Dr Stephen Rintoul, a physical oceanographer from CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart, Australia, has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica ( for his outstanding research on the Southern Ocean.

Northwest Travel Opportunities

While Portland is the site of the XXXII SCAR and Open Science Conference & COMNAP XXIV AGM, the local organizing committee would also like to encourage you to explore the region around Portland as well. Pacific Northwest Vacations has coordinated with us to provide ways to enjoy more of the experience.

ISMASS 2012 Updates

An update of information on the forthcoming ISMASS Workshop has just been released. The workshop is scheduled to take place on 14 July 2012 in Portland, Oregon, USA, just prior to the XXXII SCAR Open Science Conference. The update includes a preliminary agenda (with a list of invited speakers), and details of the additional sponsors of the workshop.

Lewander Lecture

During the SCAR Open Science Conference the SCAR History group will host the Lewander Lecture on 'A gender analysis of South African Antarctic and sub-Antarctic science, c. 1961-2011' by Dr Heidi Prozesky. Further details of timing etc. will be made available soon.

Photo Competition

Portland is hosting an international photographic competition alongside the SCAR Open Science Conference and the COMNAP meeting. Called Our Antarctic-images from the Great White South the scope of the competition and rules for entering can be found here.

Travel Grant Opportunity

The NSF Office of Polar Programs is providing funds to support participation of US scientists in the 5th biennial SCAR Open Science Conference. The SCAR US office has more information about this travel grant opportunity for US scientists.

Early Career Scientists

The XXXII SCAR Local Organizing Committee, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, SCAR and the NSF Office of Polar Programs are encouraging early career scientists to attend XXXII SCAR and Open Science Conference & COMNAP XXIV AGM.

Scientific Sessions

The International Scientific Organizing Committee has coordinated sessions spanning the range of disciplines represented in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research. Abstract submission is now closed.


Please contact the Local Organizing Committee if you are interested in organizing a workshop, focus group, or other themed meeting in conjunction with SCAR 2012. Rooms have been reserved for this purpose in the meeting hotel July 13 and 14.

Important Dates

  • August 2011: First Circular
  • October 2011: Abstracts open; Second Circular
  • March: Registration Open
  • March 01, 2012: Abstract submission closed
  • April 2012: Third Circular
  • July 13 and 14, 2012: SCAR business and subsidiary groups
  • July 15 and 20, 2012: Standing Scientific Groups
  • July 15, 2012: COMNAP Symposium (open)
  • July 16 to 19, 2012: Open Science Conference
  • July 16 to 19, 2012: COMNAP Annual General Meeting
  • July 18 SCAR + COMNAP 2012 Banquet
  • July 23 to 25, 2012: SCAR Delegates Meeting
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Research Camp

Photo: DJ Jennings, NSF, 2006


Photo: Jeff Otten, NSF, 2009


Photo: Nick Powell, NSF, 2009


Photo: Dr Stacy Kim, NSF, 2005


Photo: Sean Bonnette, NSF, 2010


Photo: Kelly Jacques, NSF, 2010


Photo: Dave Munroe, NSF, 2007


Photo: US Navy, NSF, 1946-1947


Photo: Keith Vanderlinde, NSF, 2008


Photo: Patrick Cullis, NSF, 2009


Photo: Peter Rejcek, NSF, 2010


Photo: Martin Reed, NSF, 2010


Photo: Maj Mike Phillips, NSF, 2003


Photo: Bruce Raymond, NSF, 1960-1961

About SCAR

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary body of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing, and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic and providing independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System.

Learn more about SCAR

About Portland State

Portland State University serves as a center of opportunity for nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

Learn more about Portland State


Created in 1988, COMNAP is the international association that brings together National Antarctic Programs from around the world to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica.

Learn more about COMNAP

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