At the start of
the millennium the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
(SGSSI) commissioned the British Antarctic Survey to design, build and operate
a new base at King Edward Point on South Georgia. The base was opened in 2001 and it replaced
the military garrison which had been established in 1982. Since then the prime purpose of the base has
been to undertake applied fisheries research in support of management of
commercial fisheries in the SGSSI Maritime Zone.
of SGSSI now seeks to expand the range
of scientific research at King Edward point and make the facilities available
for science projects at rates that are comparable with those at similarly
equipped facilities at other remote locations.
The town meeting
at BAS in September is being held to discuss science currently being done at
South Georgia, to stimulate interest in the scientific opportunities that exist
at King Edward Point and provide information on the accommodation, scientific
facilities, logistic support, means of reaching the Island etc that prospective
scientific visitors will need.
The meeting will
include presentations covering the range of current scientific work at South
Georgia and there will be plenty of time built in for scientific discussion,
briefings on practical aspects and questions.
The draft programme and further details can be found at:
If you are interested
in finding out more about the opportunity to bring your science to South
Georgia we encourage you to come and participate in the Town Meeting. Please register your interest with Penny
Goodearl at the British Antarctic Survey:
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 00 44
(0)1223 221254 - there is no registration fee - lunch and refreshments will be
available in the 'Icebreaker' at BAS.
see here for further details