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Antarctic Tasmania

Antarctic Tasmania

The SCAR COMNAP 2020 Local Organising Committee, in consultation with the SCAR and COMNAP  Executive Committees have decided to cancel SCAR COMNAP 2020 in light of the global Coronavirus situation. The Committee has given due consideration to local Tasmanian and Australian health advice as well as the global response to the pandemic.

The SCAR and COMNAP event hosts, the Australian Antarctic Division, the Tasmanian State Government and the Australian Academy of Science wish to express their gratitude and appreciation to SCAR and COMNAP for affording us the opportunity to host these premier Antarctic science and management events. We also wish to thank those members and sponsors who have been so generous in their support of this event.

We appreciate that this is a disappointing outcome for those that were planning to travel to Hobart in July 2020 and for those Hobart-based scientists and Antarctic industry representatives that were looking forward to showcasing our Antarctic gateway city, but the health and wellbeing of the people in the Antarctic sector and the Tasmanian community is paramount.

Further information will shortly be available regarding cancellation arrangements for registered attendees, sponsors and exhibitors and event-specific information will be sent separately from the SCAR and COMNAP Secretariats in regards to any alternative arrangements required. For any urgent enquiries please email

We hope everyone in the global Antarctic community is able to stay safe and well in these challenging times.

The Tasmanian Government through its dedicated unit, Antarctic Tasmania and Maritime Industries in the Department of State Growth is committed to growing the contribution of the international Antarctic sector to Tasmania’s economy, community and brand.

Antarctic Tasmania and Maritime Industries works closely with international scientists and sectorial organisations, businesses, and the Australian Government to support and build the Antarctic sector in Tasmania. This includes activities such as:

  • assisting visiting Antarctic programs to access the high quality services and products they need in a friendly, environment free of excess regulation
  • providing funding and secretariat support to the Tasmanian Polar Network (TPN), a unique cluster of over 70 Tasmanian businesses, research institutions and government agencies with Antarctic and Southern Ocean expertise
  • participating in trade missions
  • providing policy and strategic advice to the Tasmanian Government on gateway and international Antarctic matters
  • supporting the Antarctic gateway infrastructure partnership between the Hobart port and Hobart Airport
  • attracting investment support and collaboration opportunities for Tasmanian Antarctic related research institutions
  • providing funding and other support for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) secretariats, both located in Hobart
  • supporting Australia’s Antarctic program objectives and its international engagement with other national Antarctic programs.