The XIII SCAR Biology Symposium in New Zealand has ended

Thank you to everyone that joined us this year, we hope to see you all for the XIV SCAR Biology Symposium in South Africa.

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Kia ora koutou (greetings to all)

We invite you to Ōtautahi Christchuch in Aotearoa New Zealand, for the XIII SCAR BIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM.
Join us and many of the world’s leading scientists and early career researchers in Antarctic Biology and Ecology for the first face-to-face SCAR meeting in 3 years.

Set in New Zealand's Antarctic Gateway City, this meeting will offer four days of invited keynotes, plenaries, and concurrent sessions, with a mid-week break of excursions to allow attendees to enjoy some spectacular parts of New Zealand’s South Island.

Satellite meetings and workshops will be held during the weekends before and after the meeting. The conference will be enriched by the tikanga (traditions) and mātauranga (knowledge) of New Zealand’s indigenous Māori people and a true dedication to sustainability.

Haere Mai,
Welcome to Ōtautahi Christchurch

A warm welcome awaits you in our city, a place of greenery, contemporary and classic architecture, scenery and space. Otautahi Christchurch has been rebuilt and reimagined; Venues are world-class, flexible, and uber-modern.

Hotels and accommodation are conveniently close to both venues and hospitality, none more than 10 minutes from each other and easy walking to the Te Pae Christchuch Convention Centre. All in a spacious and updated city centre designed not just for cars, but humans.

We look forward to welcoming you to Aotearoa New Zealand and Ōtautahi Christchurch - Gateway to Antarctica.

What you can expect:

  • Great science with a highly sustainable philosophy, underpinned by a rich cultural experience
  • Four days of invited keynotes, plenaries, and concurrent sessions
  • Mid-week break of excursions to enjoy some of the most spectacular parts of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Special focus meetings and workshops during the weekends before and after the meeting
  • Content enriched with tikanga (traditions) and mātauranga (knowledge) of New Zealand’s indigenous Māori people with a true dedication towards to sustainability
  • Support for ECR to attend the symposium

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Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Te Pae is New Zealand's first-generation Convention Centre. Sitting in the heart of the city along the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River - its striking architecture pays homage to the landscape of Canterbury and the history of local Ngāi Tahi iwi, featuring a distinctive façade that wraps and flows around the building reflecting the braided rivers of the Canterbury Plains.


Early Career Researcher Support

As part of the Organising Committee’s dedicated effort to attract >100 early career researchers from around the world, we are pleased to announce that 45+ ECRs have received full/partial support to attend SCAR Biology 2023.