Symposium and Objectives

The Spanish Symposia on Polar Studies (before, Spanish Symposia on Antarctic Studies) have been held since the beginning of the Spanish Antarctic research, three decades ago, and are promoted by the Spanish National SCAR Committee (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, CN-SCAR: www.uam.es/cn-scar). On this occasion, the Symposium is organized by the CN-SCAR together with Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Spanish Research Centre), the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España (IGME, Geological Survey of Spain) and the Spanish Polar Research Program of the R&D National Plan (AEI-MINECO), with the collaboration of the National Museum of Natural Sciences and the support of the Spanish Polar Committee (CPE-MINECO).

The aim of the Symposium is to assemble the entire Spanish research community making research on Polar regions in order to present and analyse the progress and existing perspectives, with the participation of foreigner scientists too. The intention is to contribute to the assessment of the state of Spanish Polar research and to identify possible future directions.

 All the researchers developing studies within any discipline in Antarctica and/or the Arctic are invited to participate in the Symposium, but also scientists from other fields who are interested in approaching Polar research. The participation of young researchers is especially encouraged. The Association of Spanish Young Polar Researchers (APECS-Spain) contributes to the organization and development of the Symposium.

The Symposium will take place in the form of plenary sessions, which will consist mainly of synthesis presentations by different research groups, round tables and invited keynote lectures, with the participation of leading foreign scientists. Specific recent results of scientific Polar research will be shown in poster format, which will be exposed and discussed throughout the duration of the Symposium.