Antratica New Zealand

New Zealand Government

IPY Youth Steering Committee

A New Zealand Youth Steering Committee (YSC) for the IPY has been set up to encourage the participation of the next generation of polar scientists. The YSC is a network of student groups from around the world with an interest in polar research from a broad range of disciplines encompassing both the sciences and social sciences. In New Zealand, the initial focus was on a project called the Polar Contests. Students were asked to design digital interactive educational materials that can be used to communicate the international importance of the Polar Regions to other people of their age group and the winners were officially announced recently at a ceremony held at Gateway Antarctica at Canterbury University.

Following a meeting in Stockholm at the end of September, 2007, the IPY International Youth Steering Committee (IYSC) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) merged under a new structure (keeping the name APECS). This new organisation reflects the needs of aspiring researchers and early career scientists interested in the Polar Regions.

Gateway Antarctica (University of Canterbury) will coordinate the New Zealand IPY Antarctic Education Group. The aim is to produce education resources, support IPY days as well as other outreach projects and activities.



Melianie Raymond, University of Otago

YSCOtago University

Canterbury University
Foundation for Research Science & Technology
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IPY Project Number: 168

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