ANTA 101, PCAS and Korea

ANTA101 is an online summer school course at UC. I am this year’s coordinator. It is the first time that I coordinate a university course and it is challenging but interesting at the same time. I delivered my own lecture for the course on Antarctic History at 29th November.

On 22nd November I delivered the lectures for PCAS. It was a really busy time in the last few month but I love teaching and research. So nothing to complain.

Next week I am on my way to Busan, South Korea. I have been invited by the organisers of the International Conference Arctic Vision 2017 _ICAV 2017.

At 15 December I will give my lecture on  Antarctic history in 35-40 minutes – this will be a challenge. I submitted already my slides to the organisers because they put them in a conference brochure. 14. December at 6 am is my flight to Korea and on 18. December I will be back in Christchurch – a very short stay but full of talks, meetings, and contacts. Networking is the key issue here.



The ship Deutschland in the ice 1912 (in: Filchner, Zum Sechsten Kontinent 1922)






U3A Ashburton

I gave a presentation to the U3A Ashburton today. Over 80 members were present. The topic was on “Social History in the Antarctic” and it was a really great response from the audience. Some even came forward to tell about there family connections with Antarctica. It was a great event.



Living in the tent at the Drygalski expedition 1901-1903



Radio Interview

Because I got the NZ Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship I have been invited for an interview yesterday at the radio station: “Plain FM, Christchurch Now.”

radio interview

We are encouraged by the Trust to engage with media. It is a very new experience and I hope I got the message out for the Fellowship, my project and the Antarctic.


SCAR POLAR 2018 abstract submission

I have just submitted two abstracts for the SCAR POLAR 2018 conference in Davos, Switzerland, June 2018.

  •  How nations research, collect and communicate their Antarctic history (for session OC-3)
  • Whaling, claims and a doctoral thesis from 1940 (for session SH-3)

The deadline was extended until Sunday 12 November 6 pm CET.

Now: fingers’ crossed that they will be accepted as oral presentations.

POLAR 2018


HASSEG video released

The HASSEG conference was held in Hobart in July 2017.  Now a video about the conference has been released.  I am in it with a part of my presentation Geographical Societies, mapping, and interests in the Antarctic (time in the video 13:29 – 14:15). This video gives a great overview of the content and the quality of the presentations.

Click on this link and the video should appear. Enjoy!


Antarctic, 2014 – an inspiration for my historical research

Exhibition in the EPS library

An exhibition in the EPS (Engineering Library University of Canterbury) is open since last week until the end of October. It promotes the Antarctic Collection which is on permanent loan at UC since 1999. Last weekend was the Season Opening and IceFest.

The display shows the history of the last 60 years in the Antarctic and New Zealand’s involvement in Antarctic science. The artwork is provided by Adele Jackson, an artist and Ph.D. candidate at Gateway Antarctica.  A handout gives more information to the display.

Christchurch is one of the 5 Gateway Cities

Gateway Antarctica is the research unit at the UC

Antarctic Collection holds valuable information (books, reports, etc.) on Antarctic expeditions and research events.

Antarctic History is important to understand the current situation in the Antarctic (from the first scientific/research events to the Antarctic Treaty and the current situation with new team players (e.g.: China, Korea, India, Malaysia) who are establishing stations in the Antarctic.

Come along and see the exhibition:

Oct 09
Oct 10
Oct 11
Oct 12
Oct 13
Oct 14
Oct 15
EPS 8am – 9pm 8am – 9pm 8am – 9pm 8am – 9pm 8am – 6pm 10am – 5pm 10am – 5pm
 Opening hours of the EPS library.

Display in the EPS library.

Public Talk – Cashmere Friendship Club

19 September: I gave a public talk in the Cashmere Friendship Club in the afternoon. 3 men have been to the Antarctic in the 1980s and 1990s. They were astonished how much has changed about the gear and the health and safety procedures. It was interesting to talk to them about it. My presentation was well received and I could once again talk about my passion: Research and Antarctic.


Weddell Seals – picture from 2016