The four Themes of the conference will facilitate contributions from the Antarctic and Southern Ocean marine science community to the 6th Assessment Review (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), and recent initiatives to assess status and trends in global ocean ecosystems. 

The conference will also make a significant contribution to the development of Theme 6 Biology of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) and to updating the SCAR Report on Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE). 

The outcomes of the conference are also expected to provide significant input to the Antarctic Treaty's Committee on Environment Protection (CEP), the Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (SC-CAMLR), the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee (SC-IWC) and other organisations interested in the management and conservation of Southern Ocean ecosystems. 

  1. Assessments of status and trends in habitats, species and ecosystems, and the causes of change

  2. Responses of species to changing habitats, including ocean acidification, sea ice and temperature;

  3. Modelling and analytical methods to assess status and trends; and

  4. Implementation of observing systems to estimate dynamics and change.

A Policy Forum will be held mid-week of the conference to bring together scientists, fishers, and marine policy makers to develop priorities for marine biological and ecological research over the next two to three decades. The aim is to target research that will deliver science-based advice to support stakeholders and policy-makers.