On the last day of our lunchtime lectures in celebration of International Polar Week, Mr Michael Loubser from the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology from the University of Pretoria spoke about polar research from a personal point of view. Science takes you places but the work is normally also accompanied by fun, new friends and colleagues, and great experiences. Mike spoke about his recent trip to the Altai region in Siberia, as part of the Summer School our APECSSA NC Member, Liezel, also went to. He also presented on behalf of Dr Christel Hansen, who had compiled a slide show of pictures of the fieldwork trips, conferences, workshops and Summer schools she has attended as part of being a polar researcher and student. These presentations were followed by a selection of videos from various Antarctic and Marion Island expeditions.

We would like to thank the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology for making the venue available, the University of Pretoria for their assistance in editing the program, and Professor Ian Meiklejohn from Rhodes University for making the Antarctic gear available. And, of course, a special thank you to all our presenters! W could not have done it without you.


Talks Given During Polar Week

  1. Polar Week – What is it?; Dr Christel Hansen (Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, UP)
  2. The sub-Antarctic Marion Island: An introduction and the research experience; Morgan Raath (Department of Plant and Soil Sciences)
  3. Collaborative and inter-disciplinary research on Marion Island: an example of genetics informing ecology, Dr Peter le Roux, (Department of Plant and Soil Sciences)
  4. Engineering and ecology on Marion Island: A wind situation; Kyle Goddard (Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering)
  5. Biogeomorphology on Marion Island; Dr Natalie Haussman (Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology)
  6. Impacts of plant invasions on  sub-Antarctic Marion Island; Mthokozisi Twala (Department of Plant and Soil Sciences)
  7. Consequences of plant-plant interactions on Marion Island: Do plants benefit by growing together?; Morgan Raath (Department of Plant and Soil Sciences)

  8. The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP), Dr Christel Hansen (Department of Geography, Geoinfotmatics and Meteorology, UP)
  9. Genetic diversity at different spatial scales: what it tells us about the sub-Antarctic, Prof. Bettine Jansen van Vuuren & Daniela Monsanto, (Department of Zoology, UJ)
  10. Microbial Ecology of terrestrial polar soils and the Southern Ocean; Dr Thulani Makhalanyane (Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, UP)
  11. Using bioinformatics to understand the ecology of polar communities; Dr Surendra Vikram (Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics, Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology, UP)
  12. Polar student associations – the importance of connecting with your peers; Dr Christel Hansen (Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, UP)
  13. Landscape processes in Antarctic ecosystems; Dr Christel Hansen (Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, UP)
  14. Aktru research base – Siberia (2018);  Michael Loubser (Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, UP)
  15. Science takes you places!; Dr Christel Hansen (Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, UP)

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