COMNAP Symposium (2020) “Antarctic Station Modernization: Future‐proofing Infrastructure to Support Research and to Reduce Environmental Impact”

COMNAP Symposium (2020) “Antarctic Station Modernization: Future‐proofing Infrastructure to Support Research and to Reduce Environmental Impact”

Project manager: Andrea Colombo
Symposium Convenor: Charlton Clark
EXCOM: Agnieszka Kruszewska​

The objective of the Symposium is to support COMNAP Member national Antarctic programs in their role as facilitators of Antarctic research and to provide a forum to aid the conversations between engineers, technologists, health and safety managers, scientists, environmental managers and the range of people involved in the Antarctic facilities’ modernization projects.

This year, the Symposium will be held online. Oral presentations and posters are NOW available “on demand” on COMNAP YouTube channel. See the programmes below for direct links to specific presentations.

The Symposium includes presentations covering eight subjects and themes:
a. Construction methods and management
b. Incorporating life safety systems
c. Maintaining, upgrading and scaling data collection, storage and transfer systems
d. Energy-efficiency and renewable technologies
e. Stakeholder engagement/supporting science during modernization projects
f. Managing a “construction site” rather than a “scientific research site”
g. Heath, safety and well-being during modernization and in design, planning and transition stages.

Programme: Oral Presentations

ThemeTitle/ Presenter/ OrganisationVideo & Presentation
aHow future-focused logistics and infrastructure will enhance Antarctic science, Stuart Gibson and Adrian Young, Australian Antarctic Division (Australia)Video
Presentation
aThe Belarusian Antarctic station: The complex approach to creation, construction and renovation, Aleksei Gaidashov, Republican Centre of Polar Research (Republic of Belarus)Video
aArchitecture and construction of the new main building of the Arctowski station, Ewa Kurylowicz and Piotr Kuczyński, Kurylowicz & Associate (Poland)Video
Presentation
dDesigning and validating a sustainable Antarctic station: Antarctica New Zealand’s Scott Base Redevelopment project and the custom sustainability accreditation scheme, Peter Taylor, Antarctica New Zealand (New Zealand)Video
Presentation
dEnergies supply strategies for Spanish Antarctic Stations: Looking for sustainability, Joaquim Rabadà, Marine Technology Unit – Spanish National Research Council (Spain)Video
Presentation
dTesting Methodology to quantify carbon footprint and first results, Patrice Bretel, Institute Polaire Français Paul-Émile Victor (France)Video
Presentation
eFrom Logistical Hub to Key Science & Observing Station: Upscaling science and environmental performance at the Norwegian research station Troll, Birgit Njaastad, Norwegian Polar Institute (Norway)Video
Presentation
e,aScott Base Redevelopment Project, Simon Shelton, Antarctica New Zealand (New Zealand)Video
Presentation
fRothera redevelopment and the challenges of managing a ‘construction site’, Simon Garrod, British Antarctic Survey (United Kingdom)Video
Presentation

Programme: Poster Presentations

ThemeTitle/ Presenter/ OrganisationVideo, Poster & Presentation
aChilean Antarctic Infrastructure to 2030, Marcelo Leppe, Instituto Antartico Chileno (Chile)Video
Poster
Presentation
bNew fire extinguishing system in Juan Carlos I station, Joan Riba, Marine Technology Unit – Spanish National Research Council (Spain)Video
Poster
Presentation
dImproving insulation capabilities at Gabriel de Castilla station for a better energy-efficiency, Joaquín Núñez Regodón, Ejercito de Tierra – Ministerio de Defensa (Spain)Video
Poster
Presentation
eScience must go on: Running research while Juan Carlos I station was rebuilt, Joan Riba, Marine Technology Unit – Spanish National Research Council (Spain)Video
Poster
Presentation
gEnvironmental impact related to the modernization of the Arctowski Station (legal basis, assessment methodology, mitigation actions guideline), Bartosz Marciniak, Project Management (Poland)Video
Poster
Presentation
gCreating an optimal work/living space for researchers: Designing interiors focusing on people’s needs in extreme Antarctic isolation, Maciej Biedermann and Julita Manczak, Demiurg Project, VOX (Poland)Video
Poster

The abstracts book is available here.