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Antarctica: can you help us tell the story?

Published: Wed 13 Sep 2017 04:18 PM
Antarctica: Valued, Protected, Understood – can you help us tell the story?
For the past six-decades, the New Zealand Antarctic programme has taken media, artists and educators to Scott Base to tell the story of New Zealand’s role in Antarctica. Is it your turn to help us in that quest?
We’ve now opened applications for this once in a lifetime opportunity – to visit Scott Base during the Antarctic summer of 2018/19 as part of our Community Engagement Programme.
This programme is an integral part of Antarctica New Zealand’s mandate to increase public awareness of the science and operations in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. We’re committed to engaging with New Zealanders to highlight the Government’s commitment toprotecting this unique environment.
“It’s important people understand that it’s not just an isolated continent but one of New Zealand’s closest and most influential neighbours; what happens in Antarctica will impact the future of our planet” says Antarctica New Zealand Chief Executive Peter Beggs. “That’s whywe’re collaborating with media, education experts, artists and writers to help tell our story and make Antarctic science more relevant to the public.”
This programme encourages applicants to submit proposals of the highest quality. The opportunity to travel to Antarctica is limited and highly prized.
“We aim to support innovative proposals which reach a large audience and align to Antarctica New Zealand's strategic purpose - inspiring people to connect with Antarctica through knowledge and collaboration” says Megan Martin, Antarctica New Zealand GeneralManager of Communications. “Antarctica New Zealand’s vision is for Antarctica to not only be valued and protected, but also understood. This is your opportunity to demystify some of the most important and relevant science on the planet.”
The Community Engagement Programme is open for applications until 12th November 2017. Information about selection criteria and process is available at:
http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/education/communityengagementprogramme/
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