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NSF Logo2019 Interdisciplinary Antarctic Earth Science Conference

When: October 13-15, 2019 

Where: Camp Cedar Glen, near Julian, CA

What: Conference Agenda & Abstract Book

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

What: Workshop Agenda & Abstract Book

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

The conference will kick off Saturday evening with a social event in the historic town of Julian where you can order dinner and drinks.  We will help shuttle participants between the venue and Camp Cedar Glen. Beginning with Sunday morning breakfast, meals will be provided at Camp Cedar Glen.  The conference will being Sunday morning (Oct. 13) at 9am and continue through Tuesday at noon (lunch provided). 


Conference agenda and abstract book can be found here.

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.  Talks are scheduled for 15 minutes; Invited talks will be 20 mintues.  Posters will be up in the dining hall for two poster sessions on Sunday and Monday, please print them no larger than 48" x 48".

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.

Abstracts and Registration

The Abstract deadline is Friday, August 23 and Registration deadline is August 23.  We will be providing an abstract template and ask that all abstract submissions follow the template on the registration page. 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.

Registration fee: $150 per person.  These registration fees will cover lodging and all meals during your stay at Camp Cedar Glen for the conference only or the conference + workshop.   

Visit the Meeting Registration page for more details.


Support for Early Career Scientists

See information about registration waiver below

The details: 2019 Antarctic Deep Field Camp Planning Workshop

The workshop agenda will include: a very brief history of deep field camps, overviews of top-ranked potential sites, disciplinary poster sessions and summaries of common research themes, and multidisciplinary poster session and exploration of opportunities for collaboration. The outcome of the workshop will be community-written summaries of the multidisciplinary research potential at each deep field site. These documents will be shared with the broader U.S. Antarctic research community for comment/additions.

We received ~80 responses to our survey requesting input on science priorities and the locations best suited to address your research questions. Of respondent’s ‘top choice’, the top 2 were north Victoria Land and Scott Glacier (each 25-30%) and the next most common responses were: James Ross/Seymour Islands, Marie Byrd Land and Ellsworth Mountains (each 10-15%). All five sites will be discussed at the workshop.

The workshop agenda will include: (a) very brief site overviews, (b) poster presentations by participants of research motivation and overview of primary science questions of interest, (c) abundant time for disciplinary and multidisciplinary discussions to explore opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, and (d) community-written draft document summarizing research opportunities at each deep field site.


Workshop agenda and abstract book can be found here.

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.  Please use the template on the registration page.  The goal is to present your research questions that will be easily understandable to a broad multidisciplinary audience of Antarctic scientists and 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).

If you are unable to attend the workshop but would like to participate remotely, you are invited to submit slides and the Organizing Committee will display them on your behalf.

Information about submitting posters for the Workshop (deadline Sept. 20). Recommended for all attendees.

  1. Download and fill in the poster template (.ppt file) if you plan to attend the Workshop. 
  2. Email the file as a .pdf or .ppt file to tamcamp13@gmail.com by Sept. 20.  Use the subject line:  Workshop poster submission.  We will print the posters at a size ~18" x 42" and have them ready for you at the Workshop. The posters will also be assembled into a PDF document and become part of the final workshop report to NSF.

Visit the Meeting Registration page for more details.

Support for Early Career Scientists

See information about registration waiver below



Air Travel and Ground Transportation

The closest airport is San Diego International Airport.  Camp Cedar Glen is in the mountains about 1.5 hour northeast of San Diego.  We encourage ride sharing and will post a google sheet to help connect riders and drivers.  If you are looking for a ride or have space in your vehicle for a rider, please enter that into our ride sharing document.   Driving directions can be found on the Camp Cedar Glen website.

Accommodations and Food

Food and lodging in rustic cabins will be provided for all participants at Camp Cedar Glen as part of the registration cost.  Check out the camp map here. Earliest check in at Camp Cedar Glen is 4pm on Saturday. Saturday evening we will gather for a social (5-9pm) at the Julian Beer Company where you can order drinks and food (this meal is the only one not covered by your registration fee).  Meals will be provided beginning Sunday breakfast.  We will provide reusable, insulated mugs for hot and cold beverages during your time at the Camp.

The cabins have shared bunk rooms and bathrooms. Cabin assigments can be found here. Thanks to those of you offered to bring your own sleeping bags.  We have purchase sleeping bags and camp pillows for all others.  With lows around 40 degrees, the cabins will be chilly at night.  Please bring your own towels and toiletries as they are not provided.

Attending Virtually

Remote participation in the meeting will be possible through Zoom conference call facilities. Register interest in remote participation by email to tamcamp13@gmail.com to receive links to the Antarctic Earth Science Meeting and/or planning workshop. All those who submit posters for the planning workshop will be sent links to the workshop meeting and breakout discussions.

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 of diverse 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.   Please end with a statement of whether you plan to attend the conference, workshop or both.

  • 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.