Colombia & Antarctica

Lectures, talks and seminars

Alan Macdiarmid AM102

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Colombia is not often associated with Antarctica. Yet since 2014, the country has invested in deepening its scientific knowledge of the region by undertaking seven expeditions and creating a robust 20-year scientific plan.

Join us to hear from Ángela Posada, a Colombian science journalist and member of six scientific expeditions. She will be presenting from Cali, Colombia. Associate Professor Robert McKay who is the Director of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington will join to make commentary and our Director, Dr Matthew O’Meagher, will be moderating. The event will be both online and in-person for attendees in Wellington. The event will be held in English.

This event is co-hosted with the Embassy of Colombia to Australia and New Zealand.

In-person agenda:

  • 10:45am - Doors open
  • 11:00am - Talk begins
  • 12:00pm - Refreshments served

Speaker Bios

Angela Posada Swafford is a recognized science writer and journalist. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia but has lived most of her life in Miami Beach, FL. She has a degree in Modern Languages from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia and a Masters in Journalism from The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. She is a 2000-2001 fellow (the first Hispanic) from the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT and Harvard, an opportunity for mid-career journalists to immerse in science studies and get acquainted with some of the sources who are shaping science today.

Associate Professor Rob McKay has a speciality in sedimentology, stratigraphy and paleoclimatology. He uses geological evidence to study how marine based portions of the Antarctic ice sheet behave in response to abrupt climate and oceanic change. Rob is Director of the Antarctic Research Centre, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Please RSVP by Monday 7 December if you are attending in person.

If you are attending on Zoom, please register here: