There's nothing sub about the sub-Antarctic.

Join us for the 4th International Forum on the sub-Antarctic.

The Southern Ocean and the islands within it are special.

The Tasmanian Government is proud to join with the New Zealand Department of Conservation to host the 4th International Forum on the sub-Antarctic in Hobart, gateway to the Southern Ocean and the east Antarctic.

To be held on 29-30 July 2020, the Forum will be multidisciplinary, interactive and inclusive, encouraging discussion of the common challenges and pressures that face the sub-Antarctic.

It will bring together all those passionate about the sub-Antarctic - scientists, tourism operators, fishers, land managers, heritage experts and policy makers - to share knowledge and experience, explore connections and develop partnerships for a collective future.

Within the overarching themes of policy, management and science, the forum will include sessions on:

  • climate
  • conservation
  • biosecurity
  • geoscience
  • tourism
  • fishing
  • heritage
  • connectivity
  • management challenges.

As far as possible we aim to provide a sustainable and environmentally conscious event to ensure the conference footprint is as small as possible.  This will include minimal use of paper, electronic conference materials, no use of plastic or disposables and venues within walking distance of each other.

In August 2020 Hobart will be hosting the 2020 SCAR Open Science Conference and SCAR Delegates Meeting immediately after the sub-Antarctic Forum.  This will provide a unique opportunity to organise further specialised workshops and meetings with international colleagues who will also be in Hobart.

More information and registration coming – check back soon, follow us on Twitter or contact us at
antarctic@stategrowth.tas.gov.au