6th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica (MISA6)

Organization: Universiti Sains Malaysia

Venue: Parkroyal Penang

Location: Penang, Malaysia

Event Date/Time: Oct 08, 2013 / 8:00 am - (GMT +8:00 hours) End Date/Time: Oct 09, 2013 / 6:00 pm - (GMT +8:00 hours)
Registration Date: Sep 15, 2013
Early Registration Date: Jul 15, 2013
Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2013
Paper Submission Date: Aug 15, 2013
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The 6th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica (MISA6) will be held from 8 – 9 October 2013 at PARKROYAL Penang Resort, Penang, MALAYSIA.  The MISA6 is held in conjunction with Long-Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS) workshop 'Challenges of Governance and Institutional Mechanism for Public Policy on Antarctica’ (10th October 2013) and the ‘Asian Forum for Polar Sciences’ (AFoPS) (10 - 11 October 2013)

The theme of MISA6, ‘Antarctica: Science and Geopolitics in response to Climate Change’ .The programs scheduled for MISA6 include oral and poster presentations on policy, heritage and legacy,logistics, biological and physical sciences. 

Topic:  1) Physical Science 2) Biological Science and Environment 3) Policy, Heritage and Legacy 4) Logistics

Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM) Science Journal (indexed in SCOPUS)

Online registration and submission of abstracts/papers can be done at MISA6 website (http://misa6.webstarts.com)


Universiti Sains Malaysia, National Antarctic Research Centre (NARC), Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM), Polar@USM


Batu Ferringhi Beach


Universiti Sains Malaysia
National Antarctic Research Centre (NARC)

Academy of Science Malaysia

Conference Speakers

1) Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (former Prime Minister of Malaysia)

2) Professor Dato' Dr. Azizan Abu Samah (National Antarctic Research Centre, Malaysia)

3) Professor Dr. Peter Convey (British Antarctic Survey)

4) Professor Dr. John Turner (British Antarctic Survey)

5) Dr. Steve Rintoul (Australian Antarctic Division)

6) Professor Steven Chown (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research)

7) Dr. Mike Sparrow (Scientifi Committee on Antarctic Research)

8) Dr. Jose Retamales Espinoza (Chilean Antarctic Institute)

9) Professor Dr. Paul Arthur Berkman (Scott Polar Research Institute) 

Additional Information

The 6th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica (MISA6) will be held from 8 – 9 October 2013 in Penang, MALAYSIA. The MISA6 is held in conjunction with Long- Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS) workshop ‘Challenges of Governance and Institutional Mechanism for Public Policy on Antarctica’ and the ‘Asian Forum for Polar Sciences’ (AFoPS).

The seminar is expected to attract more than 200 local and international participants from various fields of research. MISA is a biennial event under the auspices of MARP which gathers researchers from countries that are actively involved in Antarctic and Arctic research to present their research findings. 

MISA seminars have created new opportunities for Malaysian scientists through MARP to collaborate and contribute effectively towards research in the Polar regions. The theme of MISA6, ‘Antarctica: Science and Geopolitics in response to Climate Change’ is in line with the rational that the Poles play an integral part of the global Earth system, as they are the origin of important climatic, biological and physical processes.  

Polar research can provide valuable insights into crucial processes in the Earth’s environment and climate, therefore studying these regions may provide an early warnings of important global changes. Consequently, scientists have found a wealth of information and have turned Antarctica and the Arctic into natural laboratories for scientific research. 

The programs scheduled for MISA6 include oral and poster presentations on policy, heritage, legacy, and logistics, biological and physical sciences. Concurrently, the AFoPS meeting and LRGS workshop entitled ‘Challenges of Governance and Institutional Mechanism for Public Policy on Antarctica’ will also be conducted. 

MISA6 also provides the platform needed for scientists from various countries to strengthen existing and forge new collaborations. Furthermore, MISA6 targets local scientists who are interested in persuing research on Antarctica, as well as to generate interest among the general public and school children. Several prominent plenary and keynote speakers will be invited to talk about the current and future directions of polar research.

Exhibits included

- To be announced later -