Your Antarctica

Whether you are a student or a scientist – we want to inspire you to learn more about Antarctica.

Science with and without the jargon

We connect science to people and policy – to help everyone make the best decisions for our planet. Our news, stories, resources and events are designed for scientists and for people who love science but want it without the jargon. So, whether you want to take a deep dive into journal papers or need something more introductory, we’ve got something here for everyone.

Peace and science
The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by 12 nations, including Australia.
There are now 54 nations that are Parties to the Treaty.
The Madrid Protocol designates Antarctica as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.”
This Protocol was established through collaborative leadership between Australia and France in 1989, in response to attempts to open the continent to mining and oil drilling.
Since the Treaty was signed, scientific research has been the main activity in Antarctica.
Australia's research program is coordinated by the Australian Antarctic Division.


For those of you who know precipitation does not simply mean rain and can tell the difference between an ice sheet and ice shelf and an ice cap. There’s also acronyms… so many acronyms.

Here’s a selection of some of our researchers most recent publications. Read more.

Global Change Biology Virtual Special Issue: Climate Change & Extreme Events are Changing the Biology of Polar Regions

In the last decade, Global Change Biology has published almost 500 papers detailing how this changing climate is impacting biological systems at the poles. This Virtual Special Issue curated by our Deputy Director of Science Implementation, Distinguished Professor, Sharon Robinson brings that knowledge together, along with editorials highlighting emerging topics in polar-change biology research.

Resource: The Antarctic Invitation

For the most part, the Antarctic region has diligently filed away these carbon-laced invitations through the ability of its surrounding Southern Ocean to absorb human-generated heat and CO₂, a long-lasting and powerful greenhouse gas. Until now, our impacts have been suspected, but not readily distinguishable from the natural variability of the complex system that is Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. Now, our impacts are fast becoming visible.

Resource: Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment Report

The Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment Report provides a summary of the scientific consensus about changes taking place in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It has been produced by an international group of scientists for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). This includes a number of SAEF researchers, including lead author Professor Steven L Chown, Professor Andrew Mackintosh, Dr Ben Henley, Dr Cassandra Brooks and Laura Phillips.


“Antarctica brings out in me that sense of wonder” — Ruth Davis


Our events ensure you have an opportunity to engage with our latest research and how it’s contributing to the protection of our planet.

SAEF Seminar Series
Check out past events on our YouTube Channel
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