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SPRI Review 2003: 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 housed within the Institute. It continues to initiate, promote, and coordinate scientific research in the Antarctic and to provide scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty System. Dr P.D. Clarkson and Mrs A.J. Dalton continued as Executive Secretary and Senior Clerk, respectively. Dr C.P. Summerhayes has recently been appointed Executive Director of SCAR. In March 2003, the office of the Executive Secretary was moved to the first floor of the Institute and an adjacent office has been prepared for the Executive Director. Four issues of SCAR Bulletin (nos 147-150) were published in Polar Record and as separates during the year with the assistance of Polar Publications.

In June 2002, SCAR was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation 2002 in recognition of SCAR's achievements in the field of international cooperation in Antarctica. In October 2002, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe, Prince of Asturias, presented Dr R.H. Rutford, Dr R. Schlich, Professor J. López-Martínez, and Dr Clarkson with the award, on behalf of SCAR, at a ceremony in Oviedo, Spain. The cash prize of €50,000 will be used to fund five bursaries to enable young scientists to undertake Antarctic research at an institute in a country other than their own. The prize also comprised a sculpture and scroll that will be displayed in the Institute Library.

Peter Clarkson (Executive Secretary)