Antarctic researchers to meet in Christchurch

Christchurch in New Zealand has won its bid to host the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) International Biology Symposium in 2021.

The International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch
The International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch
Tourism New Zealand Business Events worked with Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau (CCCB) to put together the successful bid, through its conference assistance programme.
 
CCCB manager Caroline Blanchfield said the 13th SCAR Biology Symposium will attract 350 of the world’s top Antarctic scientists, bringing an estimated economic impact of NZ$730k (around £420k) to the city.
 
Blanchfield said: "As a major gateway to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, Christchurch is the ideal place for Antarctic researchers to meet. Our modern central city facilities, including the new convention centre, accommodation and hospitality venues, as well our location in the heart of the South Island make Christchurch an enticing destination for conferences."
 
Professor Craig Cary, director for the International Centre for Terrestrial Antarctic Research at the University of Waikato and deputy director of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, presented the winning bid. He said that Christchurch has had a longstanding and productive Antarctic history since the early era of explorers, and is now the logistics operations hub for four national Antarctic programmes – New Zealand, USA, Italy and South Korea.  
 
Cary added: "This is an excellent opportunity to showcase Australasian Antarctic science to the world in Christchurch.
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