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Inaugural SHAPE workshop Sept 2013

The first SHAPE workshop was held at GNS Science on the 16-17th September 2013. A summary of the talks and discussion at the workshop can be found on the SHAPE project page.

Lots of ideas were discussed and it was clear that there is still momentum continuing on from the Aus-INTIMATE project. There is a long list of possible topics towards the end of the summary with names of the lead on each (mostly people at the meeting). If you think you have something to contribute to any of these projects and would like to get involved then get in touch with the lead. With such a short time frame between now and the next INQUA in Japan in 2015, this long list of topics is clearly ambitious – so please help us out by getting involved.


Postgraduate applications for Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) 2013-2014

The AAE is offering the exciting opportunity for four postgraduate (PhD) students to join us as volunteers on the expedition.

To be eligible you must be a registered postgraduate student and be able to place your studies on hold for a minimum of 3 weeks between the 23 November 2013 and the 6 January 2014. The successful applicants will support the scientific team and the communication of their results on the expedition.

To apply we are looking for a two-minute YouTube movie clip explaining why you want to join the expedition and how you feel this will help you in your future career. Submissions must be uploaded using a YouTube account and the URL sent to us via the ‘Contact AAE’ page along with the title of your PhD and the name and contact details of your two supervisors. Make sure your submission is set to ‘Privacy Settings: Unlisted’ or you will be sharing your application with the world!

This will be a challenging but rewarding role, operating in a hostile environment, and working closely between the expedition and public. We must emphasize this should not be considered a holiday or supporting your current research programme; instead joining the AAE will provide valuable training in science communication and add significantly to your c.v. We welcome applications from all disciplines. While on the expedition all costs will be covered but you must be able to fund your travel to and from Hobart and/or southern New Zealand.

Deadline for submissions is 5 pm Australian Eastern Seaboard Time, 13 September 2013. We anticipate contacting shortlisted candidates for an online interview sometime during October.

Details on the expedition can be found at

A recent interview on ABC 24 outlining the expedition can be seen at

You can also get regular updates on the AAE by subscribing to one of the following:

1. +Intrepid Science (with Google+),

2. Chris Turney-Intrepid Science YouTube Channel

3. @ProfChrisTurney (Twitter)