Marine Ecosystems and Protection. Acknowledging the huge advancement in Antarctic marine protection with the establishment of the Ross Sea Area Marine Protected Area, this session will focus on marine ecosystem structure and function, resilience and resistance of biota to a changing environment, fisheries science, monitoring of the environment and ecosystems, and links between marine science and policy.

Ice and Ocean Interactions. This session will highlight the interactions between seawater, sea ice, ice shelves and tidewater glaciers. It will include advancements in understanding of present day interactions, and how we can use this knowledge to predict the future of Antarctica’s ice in a changing world.

Oceanography. Technological developments and focussed investments are enabling a greater understanding of the oceanography of the Ross Sea, the Southern Ocean and beyond. Presentations addressing technological advancements, monitoring, modelling and the prediction of future oceanographic conditions by reconstructing the past are all encouraged.

Connecting With Antarctica. The last couple of years have seen a step-change in how Antarctic science feeds into education and public engagement, via collaborations between scientists, artists, the media, and educators. This session will provide a platform for social science research and to analyse the benefits of these different approaches, both to scientists and the wider community.

Terrestrial Biodiversity and Indicators of Change. With changes to terrestrial biodiversity already apparent on the Peninsula, focus in the Ross Dependency is on understanding the current state of terrestrial biodiversity, it’s vulnerability to impacts, and building predictive capability. This knowledge has direct links to environmental management initiatives. This session will include advancements in technology and modelling, with a strong focus on translation of science into policy.

Antarctica’s Changing Climate. This session will focus on the value of long term monitoring of our atmosphere, climate and oceans and how this knowledge can guide policy and response. Presentations regarding atmospheric chemistry, climate, regional weather, and sea ice are encouraged.

Open Session. New Zealand’s Antarctic and Southern Ocean research efforts are diverse. This session is designed to include presentations that do not quite fit into the constraints of the sessions proposed above.