Antarctic education: recent advances and future challenges in stimulating polar education

Lead Author Jose, Xavier
Institution Contact Marine and Environmental Research Centre (MARE), Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, 3001-401 Coimbra, Portugal and British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, High Cross, Madingley Road, CB3 0ET Cambridge, United Kingdom
Co-Authors José Xavier, Marine and Environmental Research Centre (MARE), Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, 3001-401 Coimbra and British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, High Cross, Madingley Road, CB3 0ET Cambridge, United Kingdom Gerlis Fugmann, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway Inga Beck, Heidelberg University, Institute of Geography, Berliner Straße 48, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany Gary Wesche, Polar Educators International (PEI), ARCUS, 3535 College Rd., Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK 99709-3710 USA Jenny Baeseman, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, c/o Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER, United Kingdom Louise Huffman, Ice Drilling Program Office, Dartmouth University, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Theme Theme 4: Building Long-term Human Capacity
Session Name 4.6 Gaining a better understanding and awareness of the Arctic through education and outreach
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text Like the Arctic, the Antarctic is famously associated with extreme
temperatures, ice, snow, legendary explorers, penguins and other
impressive fauna and flora. The past decades have witnessed a revolution in the amount of data collected in the Antarctic, with considerable advances in the knowledge of numerous areas. Educationally, the Antarctic can be the perfect vehicle to transfer educational concepts, but unfortunately, the evaluation of the impact of educational activities related to polar is scarce. This presentation aims to address how to best evaluate educational activities while providing a general review of the importance of the Antarctic educationally, give examples of major advances and discuss how different organizations and programs have been acknowledging the role of Antarctic education and Outreach in Antarctic affairs. The Polar Educators International (PEI), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR; SCAR Capacity Building, Education and Training advisory group, along with their science research programs (e.g.: SCAR AnT-ERA, SCAR EGBAMM)) have been active, particularly in organizing and supporting workshops and formal/informal educational initiatives, (e.g. PEI master Class, APECS Webinars) along with scholarships for early career scientists. From an Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) perspective, Parties have recognized the relevance of education and outreach by the establishment of an Intersessional Contact Group on Education and Outreach. Under such level, this presentation will also aim to report the most recent developments at ATS and identify links with the various stakeholders interested in Polar education and Outreach.
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