International Symposium “Recent Research on Magellan-Antarctic Connections” Punta Arenas, 28th and 29th May 2020
The International Symposium “Magellan-Antarctic Connections” will be held during the week of the 40th National Marine Chilean Science Conference on the 28th and 29th of May, 2020. Both events will take place at the University of Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile. The main purpose of this symposium is to provide insight into recent and current ecologic, evolutionary, biogeographic, geologic, and oceanographic research in the Magellan region and its connections with the Antarctic. This meeting will be joined by scientists with the common goal to enhance the development of Magellan and Antarctic research and to facilitate the exchange of scientific information in a framework of international collaboration.
Content, concept, and scientific significance
The Magellan region is a highly vulnerable and complex ecosystem, which will be severely affected by climate change due to its proximity and close connection with the Antarctic. It offers a unique natural laboratory that demands increasing research in the near future. In the last years, the need for sub-Antarctic and Antarctic research has increased, and as a consequence, much research effort has to be oriented towards the study of ecologic, evolutionary, geologic and oceanographic processes and how they are connected. Novel information, training of young scientists and cooperative projects should provide improved facilities to study and understand those processes that give rise to the similarities and differences between the austral-polar biotas and their extreme environments. Thus, the symposium offers a scientific platform for presenting and discussing some of the latest advances in research that focuses on life and environmental sciences in high latitude marine systems.
Principal objectives to achieve:
– To fill gaps in scientific knowledge about the state of sub-Antarctic and Antarctic marine ecosystems.
– To provide basic information on the main factors that may impact sub-Antarctic and Antarctic marine systems.
– To stimulate possible joint research projects, to enhance future scientific polar and subpolar knowledge through national and international collaboration.
This meeting has the aim of preparing a third IBMANT symposium (IBMANT III), as a follow-up of the two conferences held in Punta Arenas (1997) and Ushuaia (2003), in two years’ time.
The symposium will be divided in three major sections: