Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica workshop

22 May 2019 (Wednesday)
Aurora Conference Centre,
British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

NERC invites applications to attend a workshop to introduce the new collaborative partnership between the UK and Chile, the exploration of Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica, and the scope of the associated research programme.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • to introduce the UK-Chilean collaboration and to ensure the community is aware of the plan to drill into Subglacial Lake CECs and the associated timeline
  • to discuss the specific capability and potential of the drilling operation to ensure the achievement of the scientific goals
  • to discuss the three challenge areas of the programme and ideas for delivery.

The three programme challenge areas are:

  1. Did the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse, or persist, during recent interglacial periods, when Antarctic conditions resembled future conditions under carbon dioxide warming?
  2. Can an environment, isolated from the atmosphere or ocean for hundreds of thousands of years, support life, or indeed, an ecosystem?
  3. How do subglacial lakes control ice sheet flow?

To aid in the discussion of these challenge areas, each research group attending the workshop is invited to present up to three slides on their group's ideas on how one or more of these could be delivered. Please indicate when registering for the workshop if you will be presenting slides.

The workshop will be held at the Aurora Innovation Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. The workshop will start at 10:30, with tea and coffee available from 10:00. The workshop is expected to end no later than 16:00.

How to apply

To register to attend the workshop, please complete the online registration form. The deadline to register is 16:00 on 10 May 2019.

Individuals interested in submitting a proposal to the Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica research programme are encouraged to attend, however attendance at the workshop is not a prerequisite for submitting a proposal.

Space at the workshop is available for 150 people and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, whilst ensuring an institutional balance should there be a high demand for places.

Further details of the workshop agenda will be circulated to delegates prior to the meeting.

The cost of attending the workshop will be the responsibility of the attendee.


For further details, please contact:

Rebecca Scott
07512 192256