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Science in the Southern Seas: How Science Shapes Whaling and Antarctic Diplomacy

Flyer with image of iceburg and Dr. Nick Gales
Thursday, April 04, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Dr. Nick Gales
Ocean Diplomacy Working Group Webinar Series

On Thursday, April 4th at 5pm EST, the Ocean Diplomacy Working Group and the Rethinking Diplomacy Program are hosting a webinar with Dr. Nick Gales, Vice-Chair of the International Whaling Commission and former head of the Australian Antarctic Program. Throughout his career, Gales has worked at the intersection of Antarctic science and policy, including testifying on behalf of Australia in the landmark International Whaling Commission (IWC) case against Japan for violations of the whaling moratorium. Dr. Gales will be addressing three major themes during the discussion: how geopolitics affect Antarctic diplomacy, the International Whaling Commission, and how scientists can better engage with the world of international diplomacy. Please join us for what promises to be an informative evening!

About the speaker: Dr. Nick Gales is a leading global practitioner in marine and polar science and diplomacy. Among his many career highlights, Dr. Gales has served as Australia's Chief Antarctic Scientist in charge of its Antarctic program, and is a past President of the International Society of Marine Mammalogy. Dr. Gales is currently Vice-Chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and Chair of the Australian Antarctic Science Council.

The discussion will be moderated by Rafaella Lobo. Advised by Dr. Lisa Campbell, Rafa is a PhD candidate in Marine Science and Conservation at the Nicholas School of the Environment. She is interested in the challenges of global biodiversity governance from the perspective of the Global South, and her dissertation research focuses on the International Whaling Commission. The webinar is being organized by Jonathan Choi, a PhD student and attorney working in the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab led by Dr. Pat Halpin.

Contact: Jonathan Choi