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Dr Barbara Wienecke

Dr Barbara Wienecke is a Senior Research Scientist at the Australian Antarctic Division. She has studied the foraging ecology of penguins and other seabirds for over 25 years, spending many seasons in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and South America. She is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Species Survival Commission’s Penguin Specialist Group andAgreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels working groups.  In 2013, Barbara was awarded the Australian Antarctic Medal for exemplary research into seabirds.

Robert Morris-Nunn AM

Robert Morris-Nunn is regarded as one of Tasmania’s most adventurous and respected architects. He has practiced in Tasmania for over 25 years, taking a special interest in the social impact of architecture and collaborative design processes that often integrate innovative structural ideas.Principal design architect at Circa Morris-Nunn, his most recent projects include the Saffire Resort on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula, the redevelopment of the IXL Henry Jones Art Hotel, and Mac01 on Hobart’s waterfront. He is the most awarded architect in Tasmania, and his work has been illustrated in numerous national and international publications. 

Prof Steven Chown

Prof Steven L Chown is the President of ICSU’s Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the past head of the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. Much of his research career has been focused on the biological impacts of the major global change drivers, including climate change and biological invasions. He has a substantial focus on the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic.  Steven has played a major role in the transfer of scientific knowledge into the Antarctic Treaty System. In 2010, Steven won the inaugural and prestigious Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica.

Dr Frederique Olivier

Dr Frederique Olivier has 20 years experience in Antarctic wildlife ecology and behaviour. She is also a wildlife cinematographer and has spent two winters in Antarctica researching and documenting Emperor Penguins for award-winning BBC documentaries, as well as several summers filming Adélie Penguins for BBC and Disney. She has much sought-after skills in the application of robotics in wildlife cinematography, including using penguin cams. Frederique was part of the Spy In The Wild team nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary 2018.

Stephen Curtain

Stephen Curtain is a cinematographer and film producer with a focus on nature, Antarctica and outdoors. He has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. His film, ‘Winter Dreaming—an Australian backcountry ski film’ won the Telemark category, Living Film Festival, Italy 2009. Additionally he has 15+ year experience in outdoor eduction and guiding. He specialises in teaching environmental science, science, well being, resilience, collaboration, self esteem and sustainability.

Dr Justine Shaw

Dr Justine Shaw is a Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland. She is conservation ecologist with expertise in Antarctic, Subantarctic and island ecosystems and invasion biology. A tireless advocate for gender balance and women in leadership in STEM, Justine is a Co-founder of the Homebound project which is training 1000 women science leaders over a decade and ac. In 2017 she was part of the team awarded Peer Prize for Women for science. Dr Shaw is a member of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early Mid Career Forum Executive Committee.

Prof Sharon Robinson

Sharon is a distinguished Professor at the University of Wollongong. Sharon Robinson researches how Antarctic plants respond to climate change. She uses radiocarbon signatures, left behind in the atmosphere by nuclear testing, to date mosses and track environmental change around the coast of Antarctica. Her group identifies the sunscreens plants make to protect themselves from elevated UV-B radiation due to ozone depletion. She is also applying new technologies, including the use of drones in Antarctica, to monitor plant health and productivity, and developing novel sensors that will help to track crop and forest health in future.

Danelle Bergstrom

Danelle Bergstrom is an award Australian visual artist known for both evocative landscapes and portraits of significant Australians. Her works reveal a dynamic and painterly vision of the land that fluctuates between representation and abstraction. She exhibits and lives between Australia and northern Europe. Her work in the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Danelle’s attraction to ice and snow developed through dog sledging across Lappland and works between Australia and the Åland Archipelago, Finland.