Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) volunteers needed

This is a call out to all students and fans of science, international relations, exploration and fun!

This July, Portland State will host approximately 1000 scientists from many different countries and disciplines who have either visited or researched one of the oldest AND newest places on Earth – Antarctica.

SCAR 2012

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an integrated body under the Antarctic Treaty System that provides scientific advice on issues of science and conservation related to the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

SCAR will hold its biannual Science Week conference and associated meetings here in downtown Portland over July 13-25 2012.

Portland State University is proud to be an integral part of this event, and would like to offer you the opportunity to get involved as a volunteer.

To make this landmark event a success, the SCAR 2012 local organizing committee needs volunteers to help with:

  • Assisting plenary, breakout and poster session presenters share their research on Antarctic biology, ecology, geology, and more
  • Attendee registration, information and assistance
  • Showcasing Portland and PSU as a place of community, sustainability and fun!

If this sounds like an opportunity for you to learn, make new friends and contacts, or show visitors your favorite Portland stories and places, then WE WANT YOU!

What we are offering

In exchange for 20 hours of your precious volunteer time before or during the conference, you will receive:

  • FREE access to all of the Open Science Conference sessions
  • Flexibility to complete your 20 hours in 4- or 8- hour shifts over a two-week period
  • Conference T-shirt

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us! Send an email to the addresses below with the following:

  • Put “SCAR Volunteer YES” in the subject line
  • Your age, country (or State if US citizen) of origin, occupation, and major (if a student)
  • Your availability over July 1-25 e.g. “after 4pm Mon-Fri” or “Weekdays 8-5 except Tues” etc
  • Your T-shirt size

This information will assist us with developing effective volunteer teams and a schedule that works for everyone.

Thanks for your attention!

Serin Bussell (
Simon Ngawhika (
SCAR 2012 volunteer coordinators


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