The meeting of Antarctic Program Managers was held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) held its 35th Annual General Meeting with delegates gathered in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, from June 27th to 29th, 2023.
COMNAP also convened the 5th Antarctic Search and Rescue Workshop on June 23rd and 24th, and the 20th COMNAP Symposium titled “Antarctic Innovations and Collaborations” on June 26th.
Two hundred and fifty attendees from thirty-six member organizations and observers of COMNAP, and two invited stakeholder organizations, registered to participate in the AGM.
During seven thematic forums of expert groups, topics such as safety, air operations, marine platforms, environmental protection, critical technologies, education and outreach, scientific facilitation, training, diversity and inclusion, and human biology and medicine were discussed. These are just some of the areas of specialization of national Antarctic programs.
APAL was present at the COMNAP meeting, represented by Ricardo Cárcamo, Nicolás Paulsen, Juan Carlos Bacho, and Gabriel Muñoz.
Nicolás Paulsen commented that for APAL, this was a very opportune occasion to analyze different Antarctic themes. Additionally, meetings were held with directors of various Antarctic programs.
“As APAL, we were able to gather the latest information that affects or could affect Antarctic logistical activity, and that was very relevant,” Paulsen emphasized.
COMNAP AGM 36 will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Wednesday, August 14th to Friday, August 16th, 2024.