Introduction | Scope
The main theme for the XIth SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) symposium is "Life in Antarctica: Boundaries and Gradients in a Changing Environment". This symposium links the functional importance of land and water ecosystems and their biocomplexity, under an ecosystemic perspective in order to understand the Antarctic trophic web, effects of human impacts such as the ozone hole, climate change, the increase in tourism activities, the flexible boundaries and dynamic gradients in Antarctic ecosystem, as well the Antarctic marine biodiversity through its patterns, processes and trends.
An important aspect of this symposium is the outreach and education section, which will emphasize the importance of communication between polar researchers and educators in order to improve understanding and connections between scientists and society. Moreover, one of the aims of the symposium is transferring scientific knowledge beyond the scientific community and letting the general public take an active part in post-symposium hands-on activities, open lectures, seminars, courses and exhibitions. Such exposure will be of undoubtedly benefit to polar science.
This symposium will be also the perfect oportunity to show the final results of the SCAR programme "Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic". Similarly, the new SCAR programmes AntEco and AnT-ERA will be presented to the scientific community and will outline their objectives and perspectives for the coming years.
Finally, the newly created Spanish Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS Spain) is going to be highly involved in the symposium by organizing round table sessions and preparing outreach contents.