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XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium

The main theme for the XIIth SCAR (Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research) Biology Symposium is 'Scale matters'. From the small molecular scale, through population and large ecosystem scale, biological processes and diversity span all these levels. Understanding these processes as well past and present patterns of biodiversity are essential for understanding possible threats to Antarctic biology and their impact. The aim of this symposium is to focus on understanding biological distribution and trends as well as adaptation and processes both in the marine and terrestrial realm, including the human biology. The symposium will be held in Leuven, Belgium from 10th to 14th July 2017. Abstracts can be submitted untill 15th February 2017.

The international SCAR Biology symposia were initiated in 1973 with the purpose of bringing fundamental and applied scientists together with an interest in Antarctic terrestrial and marine life sciences, including man.

Special attention in this 2017 edition will be paid to multidisciplinary research and how combining insight from different fields can help our understanding of biology in this unique region.  An important aspect of this symposium will focus on the societal impact of Antarctic biological sciences and how this can be communicated, not only to the general public, but also to policy makers.

The symposium themes 2017 (under consideration) include:

  • Distribution and trends;
  • Adaptation and processes;
  • New insights through multi-disciplinary research;
  • Threats and impacts: from the poles to the globe to the poles;
  • Societal impact of Antarctic biological science;
  • Human biology at the poles.

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is responsible for the abstract book, that will be published in the series VLIZ Special Publications.

For information, registration and abstract submission see the conference website: www.scarbiology2017.org