Call For Abstracts

All online submissions are now closed. If you have any queries, please email [email protected].

A new theme has been added to the conference, 14. Polar Research by and with First Nations People; the Local Organising Committee is welcoming late submission of abstract to this theme. Submissions will close on Wednesday 26 April 2023 Friday 28 April 2023.

The SCAR Biology organising committee invites you to submit an abstract.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Before submitting your abstract, please note:

  • The presenting author must make the submission.
  • There is a non-refundable fee of $50 NZD per abstract submission, which will serve as a credit towards your registration fee (up to $100 per submitting author’s registration).
  • All presenting authors must register for the conference.
  • All abstracts must be written in English with a length limit of 300 words.
  • Please prepare 3 - 5 keywords that will be requested during the submission process.
  • Please read the short description about each theme/research topic by clicking on the respective themes/topics in the list below.  Please carefully consider the ones that best align with your abstract. You will be asked to select your preferred theme but also list 2 alternatives,
  • Please ensure you submit your abstract by Tuesday 21 March 2023.

IMPORTANT: Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email of your abstract submission. If you do not receive this confirmation email, we have NOT received your submission. Please remember to check spam/junk folders.

PAYMENT: Please have your Visa/Mastercard ready to make payment at the time of submitting.

Abstract Submission Limits

  • There is no limit on the number of abstracts from each presenter, but the ‘Oral Preferred’ option can only be selected for up to two of the abstracts.
  • The presenter does not need to be first author, but they must be the person who submits the abstract.
  • Title of the abstract should be no more than 20 words

Presentation Types

  • Oral Preferred
  • Poster only

Key Dates

Call for abstracts opens16 December 2022
Open RegistrationsFebruary 2023
Deadline for Abstracts21 March 2023 28 March 2023
Author Acceptance18 April 2023
Earlybird Closes23 May 2023

Themes/Research Topics

Click on a theme/research topic heading to read a short description.

  • Acclimation and adaptation
  • Physiological adaptations to Antarctica
  • Ecosystem processes and environmental drivers
  • Biota-climate feedbacks
  • Trophic Structure and Processes
  • Projecting future changes to ecosystems
  • Impacts of climate/environmental change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic ecosystems
  • Biodiversity and resilience of ecosystem function
  • Antarctic benthos in a changing world
  • Microbes and their role in ecosystem function and resilience
  • Biogeochemistry: processes and sensitivity to climate
  • Marine microbial ecology
  • Subglacial Aquatic environments
  • Ecological effects of meltwater and seeps
  • Antarctic fishes: biology, ecology and fisheries
  • Antarctic silverfish: a polar keystone
  • Krill, salps and climate change
  • Zooplankton of the Southern Ocean
  • Myctophids and mesopelagics in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic
  • Antarctic ecosystems teleconnections
  • Linkages between marine and terrestrial systems
  • Coastal-ocean connectivity
  • Molecular ecology of Antarctic flora and fauna
  • Diversity and distribution of life in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic
  • Biogeography and species distribution modelling
  • Dispersal of propagules into and around the Southern Ocean
  • Predicting incursions and potential biosecurity threats
  • Southern Ocean Marine Protected Areas
  • Effectiveness of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas
  • Invasive species and range shifts of indigenous species
  • Science informing Antarctic policy
  • First nations peoples and polar governance
  • Human biology
  • Pollution and contaminants; sources, fates and impacts
  • Plastics
  • Tourism
  • New technologies
  • Satellite remote sensing of the Southern Ocean
  • Monitoring species and ecosystems
  • Genomics in the Antarctic
  • Data analysis/integration
  • Big data
  • The ecology of Antarctic sea ice
  • Primary production in sea ice
  • Birds and mammals
  • Animal movement and foraging
  • Higher trophic predators as ecosystem sentinels
  • All aspects of polar biology
  • Concepts, mechanisms, and challenges for ecosystem-based management
  • Long-term ecological observation and climate variation
  • Understanding traditional methods for encoding biological/ecological complexity
  • Frameworks for synthesising different knowledge systems in polar biology

Presenters Registration

A personalised ‘Presenter Registration’ link will be sent to you once registration opens. Your registration fee will be discounted by the abstract submission fee paid, up to $100. All presenters are required to register and pay for the conference. Presenters need to register and pay by 23 May 2023 otherwise their presentation risks being removed from the programme.

Invited Session Presenters

Once sessions have been allocated to the programme (after close of abstract submissions), a session chair may invite a delegate to present an oral in their session. In this case:

  1. The invited presenter is still restricted to two oral abstract submissions (as above), but
  2. An ‘Invited Presentation’ option will be available for them to select during the submission portal, rather than the ‘Oral Preferred’ option.

Disclaimer: If a session is cancelled then invited presenters will no longer retain this status, however their presentation may be moved to another session as either an oral or poster at the discretion of the session chair. If a session is merged with another, then it is at the discretion of the subsequent session chairs whether they retain 'invited' status and whether their presentation is an oral or a poster.


Oral presentations will be included within topical sessions of the official conference program.

Posters will be on display throughout the conference. Posters will be A0 in size.


Accepted abstracts may be published on the conference website. By submitting an abstract, the authors agree to the publication of the same by the conference organisers.