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2017 Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Science Meeting

When: October 11-14, 2017

Where:  Camp Casey, Whidbey Island, Washington

Camp Casey
Credit: Seattle Pacific University

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Based on the success of past U.S. Antarctic Earth Sciences meetings and the interest in promoting interdisciplinary research in Antarctica you are invited to participate in the upcoming NSF-sponsored Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Science Meeting (ANT-Sci). The meeting is intended to provide a forum for recent Antarctic research, to facilitate the exchange of information, and to encourage interdisciplinary research in the Earth Sciences. (This is not just for 'CTAM' researchers anymore.)

Meeting overview

ANT-Sci will be a 2 1/2-day long, single-session meeting, that will include invited and contributed presentations, poster sessions, and dedicated discussion time to promote exchange of ideas. The meeting will follow the West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS) meeting. Our meeting will kick off on Wednesday at noon with a walking field trip to see glacial geologic exposures along the beach and continue through Friday afternoon.  If you plan to attend all day Wednesday, you don't need to register for both meetings. Registration costs will cover all food (not alcoholic beverages) and 3 nights of lodging expenses while you are at Camp Casey. The not-so-fancy facilities (with a beautiful location), allows us to keep your costs low.

The meeting themes will include:

  • Connecting the spheres 1 - surficial processes, geology, and the deep earth
  • Connecting the spheres 2 - landscape, ice sheet, ocean and atmospheric interactions
  • Exploring the submerged continent
  • Evolution and ecology of ancient and modern organisms, ecosystems and environments

With this range of interdisciplinary topics, we ask that all those preparing presentations or posters, be cognizant of the diverse audience. 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 by John Meyer, Associate Director of Science Communication (UW College of the Environment).

Camp Casey is located on the coast of Whidbey Island, northwest of Seattle, Washington. It is a decommissioned Army base, first opened in 1900 and used until WWII. It is now owned and operated by Seattle Pacific University.

Abstracts and Registration (both deadlines are Friday Aug. 25)

  • Registration: $275
  • One-day registration: $75
  • Early Career registration: $150 (graduate student or within 5 years of PhD)
  • Additional night lodging and dinner (Tuesday, Oct. 10th): $75

The REGISTRATION deadline is Friday, August 25. The fee includes all meals (Wed. lunch - Sat. breakfast) and lodging (Wed.- Fri. nights) at Camp Casey. If you need to cancel, please email tamcamp13@gmail.com. Refunds are available until September 9.

If you plan to attend the WAIS meeting, you will need to register separately at their website. Each meeting has its own registration fee.  However, if you will be attending all day on Wednesday, you don't need to register twice for that day.

The ABSTRACT deadline is Friday, August 25. We have created an abstract template (Word document) 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.

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Lodging for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights is 'free' with your registration fee at Camp Casey.  There is an extra charge if you would like dinner and lodging on Tuesday evening. The rooms are very basic dorm-style accommodations, a bit like McMurdo except we can guarantee that it will get dark at night. But just to make you feel at home, the internet connectivity IS McMurdo slow, so please plan accordingly. We will work to give everyone their own room, but if attendance is high, some may need to share. Private space (with refrigerators) close to the meeting room is available for nursing mothers. Staff may be able to help identify appropriate daycare facilities as needed.

Air Travel and Ground Transportation

The nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Camp Casey is about a 2-hour drive from Seattle International Airport. We will work to connect folks who are renting a car and are willing to transport others to Widbey Island. Shuttles (operated by SeaTac) are available 9 times/day to Coupeville on Whidbey Island for ~$45 one way. Easiest is to call SeaTac Shuttle (877-679-4003) to make your reservation and request a special stop at Camp Casey (extra charge of $3.50).  If you would prefer to make your reservation online or already have made a reservation online, have your reservation number ready and call to let them know you'd like to request a special stop at Camp Casey (+$2.50).  If you end up at Coupeville, you can take a taxi (apparently they don't work on Saturdays). 

Talks and Posters - make your latest findings understandable for an interdisciplinary audience

In the interdisciplinary spirit of the meeting, please consider that many audience members will not be specialists in your area of study. Please try to minimize jargon, make the context clear, and explain interdisciplinary links to make the information accessible to a diverse audience.

Posters:  Posters will be introduced on Thursday by authors during a 'lightning round' of 1 minute summaries and will remain up for the entire meeting with a dedicated poster session on Thursday and Friday afternoons. We recommend that you include bullet points on your poster highlighting links between your research and other disciplines. Posters must be no more than 48" wide (48" x 36" maximum). Please remove your own poster at the end of the meeting.

Talks:  Talks will be 15 minutes in length (invited talks 20 minutes) and we anticipate a full agenda, so please plan your presentation with this time limit in mind. A PowerPoint or PDF format is required as they will be loaded on one central-use laptop for ease of transition between speakers. Please do not expect to hook up your own laptop. We ask that you bring your presentation file to be loaded the day before your scheduled presentation to avoid last minute problems.

You will receive a link to upload your abstract in your registration confirmation email.

Support for Early Career Scientists

To support early career scientists (those still in graduate school, within 5 years of PhD or Assistant Professors/Research Associates without current Antarctic grant support) the registration fee is only $150, which includes lodging and food while at Camp Casey.

** Many thanks to Brad Herried and the PGC for assistance with the website and registration forms.