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SPRI Review 2002: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) of the International Council for Science (ICSU) is hosted by the Institute. New office space within the Institute is being provided to provide space for some expansion of the SCAR Secretariat. This will provide up-graded accommodation for the Executive Secretary and an additional office for a third person in the Secretariat when an appointment is made during 2003.

In June, SCAR was awarded the prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation 2002 in recognition of SCAR's achievements in the field of international cooperation in Antarctica. The prize was presented at a special ceremony in Oviedo, Spain during October. A major activity for the secretariat was the organisation and attendance at the XXVII SCAR meeting held in the Shanghai Exhibition Centre in the Pudong area of the city. This was an important meeting for SCAR at which the new organizational structure was put into effect. The former Working Groups and Groups of Specialists were formally closed and three new Scientific Standing Groups were established, each with several new subsidiary groups.

Dr Peter Clarkson (Executive Secretary)