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2018 Antarctica and Southern Ocean Forum

Thanks for a great event!

The ASOF 2018 conference has now concluded. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this event great. We are looking forward to sharing details about our next event soon!



Updates details on forum are posted below:

7 August 2018 - Schedule Updated and APP is online!

The schedule has now been update for all our speakers and sessions. Please click in the top right corner to have a look. Also our APP for both Apple and Android is now online. Download at the following links:


23 July 2018 - Session Chairs Wanted

The tentative session schedule has now been updated below. Further updates will be made in the coming weeks so please keep an eye out. We are also looking for volunteers to act as session chairs for our various technical sessions. Please email us at ( if you would like to volunteer. 

15 July 2018 - One Month to go!

Early registration for ASOF2018 has now closed. Registration is still open to all new attendees using the same registration link below. We are also happy to review late abstracts for the event for any interested authors. 

6 July 2018 - Abstract Updates

Thanks to all authors who have submitted abstracts. Abstract acceptance notices have now been sent to all authors. Please be sure to also register to the conference using the registration link below. Finally, although the formal abstract submission deadline is now closed, and in an effort to be inclusive we will be reviewing late abstract submissions so please feel free to send these through.

30 June 2018 - Abstract extension

We have extended the deadline for abstracts until COB July 4th. Authors will still be notified on July 6th.

28 June 2018 - Registration Now Live!

We are now accepting conference registrations! Please see the link below to register for the conference. If you would like to submit an abstract please separately follow the abstract submission instructions.

27 June 2018 - Abstract Submission Now Live!

After some delay we are now able to receive abstracts for the conference. Please email your abstract template in PDF form to the following address ( All authors will be notified by COB Friday July 6th. The link to register for the conference will also be up shortly.

31 May 2018 - Welcome all to ASOF!

As you will have seen we are having some delays with the setup of our registration page and apologize for the confusion. Fear not, our event is still on and we should have the registration page up soon! We have extended the abstract deadline through to June 30th to ensure you are all able to get your abstracts in. 

 Social Events

Ice-breaker Reception

14 Aug 2018 5pm

CSIRO Riverview Room

Gala Dinner

16 Aug 2018 18:30

Rockwall Bar and Grill Restaurant

RV Investigator Ship Tour

17 Aug 2018


In addition to our great talks we have organised some social events to allow us more time to get to know each other. If you are interested in the ship tour on Friday please be sure to email us to secure your place ( We look forward to seeing you all there!

Abstract Submission

To submit an abstract please email your abstract in PDF form to the following address ( All authors will be notified by COB Friday July 6th. The link to register for the conference will also be up shortly.

Although the formal abstract submission deadline has now passed and in an effort to be inclusive, we will be reviewing late abstract submissions so please feel free to send these through.


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 $450.00
Delegate IEEE Member $405.00
Delegate Student  $180.00
Delegate IEEE Life Member $157.50


 Key Dates

Abstracts Close

4 July 2018

Late Abstracts still being accepted

Acceptance Notices

6 July 2018

Early Registration Closes

13 July 2018

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 2018 event. There will be an option after the conference to upgrade an abstract for publication in a relevant IEEE journal.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday 14 August1700 – 1900hRegistration and Ice-breakerCSIRO Riverview Room
Wednesday 15 August 0830 - 0900Registration and Sign-inCSIRO Lobby
0930 – 1030Welcome AddressCSIRO Auditorium
1030 - 1100hMorning TeaCSIRO Lobby
1100 - 1200hCommunity UpdatesCSIRO Auditorium
1200 – 1330hLunchCSIRO Riverview Room
1330 - 1510hBiology and BiomassCSIRO Auditorium
1510 - 1540hAfternoon TeaCSIRO Lobby
1540 – 1650Observations and Technologies - 1CSIRO Auditorium
Thursday 16 August0845 - 0900Registration and Sign-inCSIRO Lobby
0900 - 1020Observations and Technologies - 2CSIRO Auditorium
1020 - 1100Morning TeaCSIRO Lobby
1100 - 1200Autonomous Observing - 1CSIRO Auditorium
1200 – 1330hLunchCSIRO Riverview Room
1330 - 1510Data Science - 1CSIRO Auditorium
1510 - 1540Afternoon TeaCSIRO Lobby
1540 - 1650Autonomous Observing - 2CSIRO Auditorium
1830 – 2200hGala DinnerRockwall Bar and Grill Restaurant
Friday 17 August0900 - 1020Sustained MeasurementsCSIRO Auditorium
1040 - 1100Morning TeaCSIRO Lobby
1100 - 1200RV Investigator Ship Tour (Optional)CSIRO Wharf
1330 - 1430ASOF Hot WashCSIRO Freycinet Room

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