Position Announcement - SCAR Executive Director

SCAR Executive Director sought

Application Deadline:  1 June 2009

Location:  Cambridge, UK 

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) seeks an Executive Director to manage the SCAR Secretariat and oversee SCAR affairs and finances. SCAR is an international scientific body of the International Council for Science (ICSU). It facilitates and coordinates Antarctic research and identifies issues emerging from greater scientific understanding of the region that should be brought to the attention of policy makers. Its objectives and activities are described on the SCAR website at:

Candidates should have a PhD degree (or equivalent work experience) in a scientific discipline relevant to research in Antarctica or the Southern Ocean, an established track record as a scientist and/or as a manager of scientific activities, extensive experience in international scientific research and collaboration, excellent communication and organizational skills, a high level of computer literacy, and proficiency in English.

The successful candidate is expected to assume the post by 1 January 2010.

This full time appointment is based in the Scott Polar Research Institute, in Cambridge, England. Applications detailing experience, including a full CV, and providing the names of three referees should be sent by email (info@scar.org) on or before Monday, 1 June 2009.

For further information, please go to: /.

Historic Polar Images

SPRI exhibits historic polar images (1845-1982)

The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) has made available digital copies of its excellent catalogue of photographs from both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions between 1845-1982.

In the course of two years, project "Freeze Frame" gradually digitised and electronically catalogued a collection of polar expedition photos.  The resulting images can be found under:


New Book Available

How Peary Reached the Pole: The Personal Story of His Assistant

By Donald B. MacMillan
with a new Introduction by Susan A. Kaplan, Genevieve M. LeMoine, and Anne Witty

Published by McGill-Queens University Press

For further information and to order, please go to:

In 1934, Donald B. MacMillan, an accomplished explorer, wrote about his early career as a member of Robert E. Peary's 1908-09 North Pole Expedition. Now available for the first time since its original publication, this expanded edition of "How Peary Reached the Pole" features a biography of MacMillan and eleven images from his hand-tinted lantern slide collection.

MacMillan used the journal he kept during the expedition to provide an intimate view of day-to-day activities and relationships with other members of the party, detailing how he learned to drive dog teams, camp in sub-zero temperatures, and travel safely across the ice-covered Polar Sea. MacMillan's experiences and deep admiration for Peary's methods, leadership, and many accomplishments make for fascinating reading.

"How Peary Reached the Pole" allows us to see arctic landscapes and Inuit culture as MacMillan experienced them, providing a perspective from which to consider the northern environmental and cultural issues that continue to concern individuals and nations today, one hundred years after Peary's historic expedition.

Susan A. Kaplan, Genevieve M. LeMoine, and Anne Witty work at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, at Bowdoin College. This publication is one part of a program celebrating the hundredth anniversary of Robert E. Peary's 1908-09 North Pole Expedition.

Information about the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center's Peary Centennial programs, including instructions on how to access the ongoing 1908-09 historic blog can be found on the Museum's website at: /arctic-museum/.

International Research Education program (NSF)

The National Science Foundation announces the Partnerships for
International Research Education program

(PIRE; program solicitation NSF 09-505).

Program Synopsis

The Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program
seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S.
science and engineering community by supporting innovative,
international research and education collaborations. The program will
enable U.S. scientists and engineers to establish collaborative
relationships with international colleagues in order to advance new
knowledge and discoveries at the frontiers of science and engineering
and to promote the development of a diverse, globally-engaged U.S.
scientific and engineering workforce. International partnerships are,
and will be, increasingly indispensable in addressing many critical
science and engineering problems. As science and engineering discoveries
result more and more from international collaboration, U.S. researchers
and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams comprised of
partners from different nations and cultural backgrounds.

The PIRE program will support bold, forward-looking research whose
successful outcome results from all partners - U.S. and foreign - providing
unique contributions to the research endeavor. It is also intended to
facilitate greater student preparation for and participation in
international research collaboration, and to contribute to the
development of a diverse, globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering
workforce. The program aims to support partnerships that will strengthen
the capacity of institutions, multi-institutional consortia, and
networks to engage in and benefit from international research and
education collaborations.

Educational Opportunity
This program provides educational opportunities for undergraduate
students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The program
supports institutions which may provide support to individuals at those

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: 26 February 2009

Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation only): 4 August 2009

For further information, please go to:

Or contact:
Elizabeth Lyons
Email: PIRE-info@nsf.gov
Phone: 703-292-7256

Anne Emig
Email: PIRE-info@nsf.gov
Phone: 703-292-7241

Shireen Yousef
Email: PIRE-info@nsf.gov
Phone: 703-292-8429

Antarctic Treaty Summit 2009

Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance

50 years after the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in Washington, D.C., an Antarctic Treaty Summit will be held in the same city at the Smithsonian Institution to reflect on the Antarctic Treaty and its evolution over the last half century.  The Antarctic Treaty Summit is an endorsed project of the International Polar Year and provides a unique opportunity for international, interdisciplinary researchers, educators, legislators, lawyers, and other members of civil society to discuss and assess the development of the Antarctic Treaty System and lessons learnt over the last 50 years.  Further, education and outreach are explicit goals of the Antarctic Treaty Summit.

On the four days of the summit, the following questions will be debated in plenary sessions, keynote speeches and panel discussions:

  • - How is science linked to the dynamics of the Antarctic Treaty System?
  • - Who manages Antarctica: a complex jigsaw?
  • - What are the Antarctic precedents for international governance?


  • - Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC
       (at the National Museum of Natural History in the Baird Auditorium)
  • - 30 November – 3 December 2009

 For more information visit:  /


IPY Report Available Online

The October 2008 International Polar Year (IPY) report is now available at:

Contents include:

1. IPY Oslo 2010 Science Conference: Deadline for Session Proposals

2. Conferences: SACNAS, COP 14, AGU

3. Polar Days: People; Above The Poles

4. Please update your project page

5. Data Reminder

6. Schedule for February

A full list of all reports can be viewed under the "Participants" section at: .

The reports can also be accessed by subscribing to one of the discussion groups at:

For further information, please contact:

Rhian A. Salmon
IPY Education and Outreach Coordinator
Email: ipy.ras@gmail.com
Phone: +44-0-77-1118-1509