Mentor for APECS seminar

The organisers of the APECS seminar at the HASSEG workshop in Hobart invited me as mentor to encourage young researcher to apply for a COMNAP or SCAR research fellowship. I have been the first history/humanities researcher who received a COMNAP research fellowship in 2012.


I am in the very middle at the table – as mentor for the APECS seminar at the HASSEG workshop in Hobart (4 July 2017)

Presentation at the Cashmere Rotary Club

I have been invited by the Cashmere Rotary Club, Christchurch, to give a talk on my time as tutor with PCAS in the Antarctic. It was “word of mouth” advertising because one of the members heard that my presentations are great. I did not disappoint regarding to the response what was really great.

At first I got introduced, then we had an excellent meal, and after some proceedings for the club I gave my presentation. Thanks to Antarctica New Zealand I could show some of the gear we use down in the ice – that never fails.

Even with the wintry weather yesterday evening, 36 members of the club attended (45 people are members of this branch).


HASSEG Conference in Hobart

The HASSEG workshop started with an APECS workshop on 4 July in Hobart. I have been invited to act as mentor for one of the sessions: applying for research funding for the COMNAP Research Fellowship. In this group we were 3 mentors: Alan Hemmings who is reviewing applications, one successful SCAR applicant and me. The discussion was good and the interested young researcher will be – hopefully – one of the successful applicants for the future.┬á The COMNAP fellowship was a great starting point for me personally what lead into the work I am doing now for the NSC-DS.


Lighthouse logbooks with important weather information for the NSC-DS project.

Another week in the archives

It is great to work in these archives here. I could lots achieve here and the people are so nice and helpful. I learned a lot this week and I am glad that I could find lots of material for the project (NSC-DS). Lighthouse logbooks are fascinating – and there are so many different kinds of it. That is all very informative. I like it.



One example of the many pages I viewed and imaged

The imaging of the pages is sometimes a bit tricky (format is unusual to our paper formats today) but it works – takes only a bit more time.

It is great to be here!

Hobart – Tasmanian Archives

I am working in the Tasmanian Archives in Hobart and got already good material for the NSC-DS. I take pictures from the documents and the people here in the Archives are very helpful and very friendly. I am lucky to get so much freedom to fulfill my contract for the NSC-DS. Some of the lighthouse logbooks are not complete and are copies from the original but there is lots of information on wind and clouds. Unfortunately, there are no entries for pressure, etc. As I said, these are only copies – but the best I could get so far.

The rest of the week is the same work on the agenda – hope it goes smooth as the last few days.


Book review published

A book review is published since this week in SIBIRICA  vol 70 no 2 (2017) pp221-222.

I reviewed the book from Enrico Mazzoli: “Carl Weyprecht and the International Polar Year”. It was interesting and I liked┬á to work on it and it reminded me on my PhD thesis when I worked through all the archive material in Vienna.



Carl Weyprecht