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Antarctic and Southern Ocean Forum 2020


Updates details on forum are posted below:


23 March 2020 - ASOF Postponed to 2021

Due to the ongoing uncertainty and likely persistent impacts from covid-19 we've decided (as many of you expected) to cancel our 2020 planned ASOF event and reschedule it for 2021. We have no planned date at present but we'll revisit this sometime in September and set a new date at that time. In the meantime we hope that you are all staying safe and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

13 March 2020 - Abstract Deadline extended

We have been monitoring the evolving the ongoing covid-19 outbreak and the impacts this is having on the work and family life of our research community. In recognition of the current uncertainty we are extending the abstract deadline through to April 24th. We will look to provide early approval to those who have already submitted abstracts so they can begin to think about their talks. We will continue monitoring the unfolding events and travel restrictions and report back on this site if events look like they will significantly impact our event. Below are some links for more info on the covid-19 outbreak.


Australian Department of Health



22 January 2020 - Welcome to 2020! Bring on the abstracts!

Happy new year to all and welcome to 2020. As we close in on our event we will see our planning ramp up. Most notably have now opened the call for abstracts! Please follow the abstract instructions below and get your abstracts submitted. We're looking forward to see all the great work going on in the community over the past two years.

8 November 2019 - Welcome all to ASOF 2020!

The next ASOF is officially on for August 2020 in Hobart and we look forward to seeing you all there! The organizing committee is in the early planning stages, and please check back for updates as planning progresses. In the interim please share this link with your colleagues and start thinking about topics to present.

 Key Dates

Abstracts Close


Acceptance Notices


Early Registration Closes


Authors are invited to submit 1-page abstracts using the Abstract Template. These will be reviewed for quality and relevance and authors will be advised of the outcome. Abstracts will be published on a web site and authors will be invited to present their work during the ASOF 2020 event. There will be an option after the conference to upgrade an abstract for publication in a relevant IEEE journal.

Forum Topic/Details

The Forum will consist of a single stream with encouragement for discussion and questions. Sessions will be organized around the following five themes:

1.  Autonomous observing

a.      ROV/AUV/ASV Technology

b.      Communications gateways eg surface vehicles

c.       Control system development

d.      Deep autonomy / under-ice navigation – gliders, Argo floats

e.      Atmospheric sampling from land and sea (autonomous balloons, Lidar, Cloud radar and atmospheric profilers), weather stations, moorings

f.        Intelligence sensing / sampling

g.      Autonomy in a polar environment.

2.     Observation Technologies

a.      Atmospheric Lidar, Cloud radar and Atmospheric Profilers

b.      Miniaturisation, automation and ruggedization of instrumentation, (multiple    deployment of low cost samplers)

c.       Long-term instrument stability, self-calibration

d.      Problems of high latitude and long range operation

e.      Ice profiling instruments, englacial & sub-glacial instrument deployment, new drilling  technology/methods

f.        Acoustics at high latitudes – navigation, data and tomography

g.      Advanced drifter technology,

h.      Airborne deployment of oceanographic instruments

i.        Mission risk assessment

j.      Continuous plankton recording

k.     In situ fluorometers & particle analysers

3.       Sustained measurements

a.      Oceanographic mooring technologies

b.      Remote sensing and satellite calibration

c.       Animal borne sensors – developments, data streams and methods

4.       Biology and biomass

a.      Fisheries and mid-water acoustics

b.      Genomics sampling and sensing

5.    Data Science

a.      Data Storage – long-term monitoring, swappable data

b.      Data Transfer – real time monitoring; event triggering

c.       Data processing for new under-ice data sets

d.      Instrument communications and tracking

Abstract Submission

Abstracts submission will be re-opened once a new conference date in 2021 is announced. The link to register for the conference will also be setup at that time.


Conference registration is now live. Follow the link below to the registration page to register for the conference. Please note this is a separate process to abstract submission described above.

Below please find the schedule of registration fees for the conference. All fees are in AUD and include GST.

Delegate Full TBD
Delegate IEEE Member TBD
Delegate Student TBD
Delegate IEEE Life Member TBD


 Social Events

Ice-breaker Reception

Date TBD

Location TBD

Gala Dinner

Date TBD

Location TBD

Ship Tour

Date TBD

Location TBD

In addition to our great talks we have organised some social events to allow us more time to get to know each other. We look forward to seeing you all there!