Polar Science, Technology, Archaeology, and Heritage

10, 11 and 12 April 2024
University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Snow Hill Island - The Winter Station by Dag Avango, 2020

About the Conference

This pioneering conference will explore how to enhance the integration of polar scientific research and heritage conservation in the context of a changing global climate.

The conference is ideal for, but not limited to, those engaged with polar: climatology, geoscience, biology, polar programmes, heritage policy, governance and conservation.

The conference will take place at the University of Canterbury campus in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

The ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee, the University of Canterbury’s Gateway Antarctica and UiT, Norway’s Arctic University will facilitate this hybrid conference.

The final day of the conference will bring the various themes of science, technology, archaeology, and heritage to bear on our rapidly changing polar climate.

To join the conference mailing list, please email us at polestah.conference@gmail.com


Information & insight

How can polar science and heritage conservation endeavours be enhanced through research collaboration?

Technology & techniques

How can polar remote sensing, robotics, and information processing be better utilised and shared?

Antarctica & the Arctic

How can scientists and heritage conservation experts in Antarctica and the Arctic further integrate their respective endeavours?



Registration deadline March 31st 2024



Fees cover the cost of the venue, catering (tea and coffee and two light meals) and a dinner on campus

  • In-Person €50.00 EUR
  • In-Person Full-time Student €33.50 EUR
  • Virtual €15.00 EUR