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2019 Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Science Conference

When: October 13-15, 2019

Where: Camp Cedar Glen, near Julian, CA


Overview: This biennial conference is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss the results of your exciting new Antarctic research across the spectrum of the Earth Sciences from deep time and deep earth to modern biological interaction with surficial processes.  We will have multidisciplinary sessions for talks and posters (see below for meeting details and logistics).

Overarching Theme:  Intersecting Spheres 

  • Cause and Effect: Inferring Process from Pattern in Antarctic Earth History

  • Intentional & Unintentional Collisions: Outcomes of Targeted and Serendipitous Collaboration

  • Sticky Edges: Transformative Science at the Margins of Emerging or Existing Disciplines


2019 Antarctic Deep Field Camp Planning WorkshopNSF Logo

When: October 15-16, 2019

Where: Camp Cedar Glen, near Julian, CA

Overview: The major goal of the workshop is to identify key scientific research topics that will help determine the highest priority sites for the next potential multidisciplinary U.S. Antarctic deep field camp and to facilitate communication between new and veteran scientists. Such a camp is not guaranteed, but depends on interest and proposal pressure from our research community in the context of NSF priorities and Antarctic logistical constraints. The ultimate goal is not to choose a single site, but provide NSF a portfolio of the highest priority sites, along with justification for each (see below for meeting details and logistics).

Camp Cedar Glen
Credit: Camp Cedar Glen

The Details:  2019 Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Science Conference

Abstracts and Registration

The Abstract deadline is Friday, August 16. We will be providing an abstract template and ask that all abstract submissions follow this template. Please follow the formatting described in the document and name the file with the first author’s last name and first initial (e.g., Doe_J.pdf). Only one abstract submission per registrant is allowed. Your registration confirmation email will include a link where you can submit your abstract.

Stay tuned for more information about registration fees.

Visit the Meeting Registration page for more details.

Talks and Posters

Our conference is designed around interctions between traditional research disciplines, so we ask that all those preparing presentations or posters, be cognizant of the diverse audience.  Please try to minimize jargon, make the context clear, and explain interdisciplinary links to make the information accessible to a diverse audience.  More details to follow on poster size and talk lengths.

To aid our efforts to effectively communicate with scientists outside our areas of specialty and with the general public, the meeting will include an expert presentation on science communication.

Support for Early Career Scientists

See information about registration waiver below

The Details:  2019 Antarctic Deep Field Camp Planning Workshop

Posters & Registration

The Registration deadline is August 23 and Poster submission deadline is September 20.  As a key part of the workshop, we will request that participants, as well as researchers not able to attend, prepare a poster related to their research goals at one or more potential deep field sites.  This will not be a traditional conference poster.  We will provide a template for the required content and further details for submitting them will be posted in the coming weeks.  The goal is to present your research questions that: 1) will be easily understandable to a broad multidisciplinary audience of Antarctic scientists; and 2) emphasize the broader context of the research (e.g., what are the potential contributions to Antarctic science from this research; how does this research fit into broader questions in your scientific discipline).

Visit the Meeting Registration page for more details.

Support for Early Career Scientists

See information about registration waiver below

Opportunity for registration waiver - Deadline: Aug. 5

Limited funds are available to promote participation by early career scientists and those new to Antarctic research who would like to participate in the meeting and/or workshop. Support will be in the form of a waiver of conference registration fee (which covers lodging + food). The main purpose of the waiver is to build capacity in our community by broadening the representation researchers and to provide fresh new perspectives that will stimulate and advance interdisciplinary programs.  Submit your application via an email to tamcamp13@gmail.com with the subject line 'registration waiver application'. 

Application requirements:  

  • 2-page CV
  • Short (< 3/4 page) statement summarizing: area of research interest. experience with Antarctic/polar research, how your interests are aligned with the conference/workshop, how you anticipate participation will advance your career.  

  • If ABD, a letter of support from your primary advisor is required.

Awardees will be obligated to submit an abstract for the conference and/or present a poster at the workshop. Preference will be given to the following groups:  Ph.D. within the past 6 years (will consider ABD) and scientists who have not received their own funding to conduct field work in Antarctica.


Air Travel and Ground Transportation

The closest airport is San Diego International Airport.  Camp Cedar Glen is in the mountains about 1.5 hour northest of San Diego.  We encourage ride sharing and will post a google sheet to help connect riders and drivers.  


Food and lodging in cabins will be provided for all participants at Camp Cedar Glen as part of the registration cost.

Attending Virtually

Stay tuned for more information.