photo courtesy Australian Antarctic Division

The 2016 Phillip Law Lecture

Photo: A. Campbell-Drury via AAD.

The Phillip Law Lectures

The 2016 Phillip Law Lecture is a prestigious addition to a series of lectures presented in cooperation with the Royal Society.  The lecture honours the memory of Dr Phillip Garth Law, leader of the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) and the Director of the Antarctic Division for 17 years.  Dr Law was responsible for the development of Australia’s first Antarctic stations and made 28 voyages to Antarctica, mapping dozens of sites for the first time.  Phillip Garth Law died in 2010 after a lifetime of service to Australia’s Antarctic program.

Professor Tony Worby, ACE-CRC

Professor Tony Worby, ACE-CRC

Professor Tony Worby, CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) will give the 2017 Law Lecture on the topic: From Kyoto to Paris:  Tasmania’s Antarctic Science on the Global Stage.

“The ACE CRC is a joint venture between the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO Marine Research, CSIRO Atmospheric Research, the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Tasmania as its core partners. The Cooperative Research Centres program was started in 1991 as an initiative to generate more focused, productive research and development from existing research infrastructure, rather than building whole new research agencies. CRCs are partnerships among universities, Commonwealth and State research agencies (such as CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division) and policy and industry sectors. The objective of these partnerships is to use the existing research infrastructure to target specific industry and community issues of national significance. Antarctica and its surrounding Southern Ocean is becoming recognised as a major engine room of global climate and oceanographic processes, having major effects on the rates of global warming, sea level rise and the processing of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide”.   –  Australian Antarctic Magazine – issue 6, Autumn 2004

The lecture provides a fascinating insight into the significance of Antarctic science here in Hobart, with the collective resources of of one of the world’s largest pool of Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientists.  It is this scientific credibility and strength that allows Australia to play a leading role in the Antarctic Treaty organisation and in the remarkable long-term international agreements that have preserved Antarctica as a refuge for peace and science through 50 years of intense political and social change.

Don’t miss this important lecture from one of our leading scientists and most popular presenters.

The 2016 Phillip Law Lecture will be given at CCAMLR (Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources, the former Hutchins School at 181 Macquarie St) at 5:30pm on Friday 9 September, as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival.  Admission is free.