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EXTERNAL EVENT | Antarctica Today: Shared Challenges for Science and Environmental Protection in the Final Frontier

Date & Time

May. 29, 2023
5:00am – 7:40am ET


Online Only


The Wilson Center's Polar Institute is co-sponsoring a public seminar as a side event of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Helsinki, Finland. The seminar, sponsored by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, University of Lapland Arctic Centre, University of Helsinki, the Polar Cooperation Research Centre of Kobe University and Wilson Center, will focus on major environmental challenges in Antarctica, including marine conservation; Antarctic policy perspectives from the point of view of the foreign affairs community; Antarctic science challenges including climate change; and academic views on challenges the Treaty System has faced in the past 25 years.

The event at Helsinki's City Hall features an English session and a Finnish session. Registration is not required. The event will be live-streamed here.

Program of the English Session

12:00pm (GMT+3) | Introductions

  • Welcome: Timo Koivurova, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
  • Welcome: Evan Bloom, Wilson Center
  • Host Country Initial Remarks
  • Introduction to Science and Environmental Work of the ATCM: Birgit Njastad, Chair, Committee for Environmental Protection

12:10pm | Panel 1: Major Antarctic Environmental Challenges

  • Pata Degerman, Explorer
  • Pascal Lamy, Antarctica 2020
  • Claire Christian, Antarctica and Southern Ocean Coalition ASOC
  • Moderated by Timo Koivurova

12:40pm | Panel 2: Major Antarctic Policy Priorities

  • Stephanie Langerock, Belgian Committee for Environmental Protection Delegation
  • Jana Newman, New Zealand ATCM Delegation
  • Fausto Lopez Crozet, Argentina ATCM Delegation
  • Moderated by Evan Bloom

1:40pm | Panel 3: Antarctica Science Challenges and Climate Change

  • Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey
  • Professor Burcu Özsoy, Turkish Antarctic Program
  • Ole Arve Misund, Norway Polar Institute
  • Moderated by Evan Bloom

2:10pm | Panel 4: Academic Panel on Challenges the Treaty System has Faced the past 25 Years

  • Kees Bastmeijer, University of Groningen
  • Akiho Shibata, PCRC, University of Kobe
  • Evan Bloom, Wilson Center
  • Moderated by Timo Koivurova


Evan T. Bloom

Evan T. Bloom

Senior Fellow, Polar Institute;
Former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries and Director for Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State 
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Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

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