Technology 4 Antarctica

Discover the awesome extreme technology behind navigation and survival in remote Antarctica

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Technology has been and continues to be a key enabler for Antarctic science and exploration since the days of Sir Edmund Hillary to the present. Explore the development and use of technology in Antarctica from the husky sleds to the snow-master tractor to the Hägglund at the International Antarctic Centre. Experience the extremes of Antarctica in the snow and ice room and learn how Antarctic bases have been designed to withstand extreme conditions and to apply recycling technology. Learn how the international Antarctic missions are supported by engineering technology that not only provides energy but enables effect data collection. See how New Zealand leads in the design of extreme innovative cold weather clothing technology for extreme environments. Board an Antarctic vessel and experience the 4D theatre with 3D imagery and 4D special effects as you go on a mission to Antarctica. Experience a virtual flight to Antarctica and learn about the range of aircraft used to take scientists to Antarctica, including the C130 Hercules. Look at how ozone technology supports our blue penguins to survive in our penguin encounter, providing a sustainable penguin welfare centre. Finally learn about our future plans for snow making technology virtual reality and augmented reality at the International Antarctic Centre.


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International Antarctica Centre, Tim Hobson , 38 Orchard Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand

Monday 20 May
9:00am - 3:00pm

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Sakthi Priya Balaji Ranganathan

Design Technologist and Founder at JIX Reality

Sakthi is a Design Technologist and Founder at JIX Reality, a Cross Reality (VR/AR/MR/AI) Startup creating 'Joyful Immersive Experiences'. Last year, JIX became the Regional Winner of the first ‘NZ Space Challenge’ with Orbica for their Antarctic Navigation Solution for Scientists and Researchers.

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Miranda Satterthwaite

Education Manager

Miranda Satterthwaite is the Education Manager at the International Antarctic Centre - she has been tasked with introducing a range of new innovative programmes in STEAM at the International Antarctic Centre in collaboration with the National Science Foundation and other Antarctic Missions.

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Sue Best

Head of Guiding - IAC

Sue is the Head of Guiding at the International Antarctic Centre where she manages a team of guides and penguin keepers who are trained to support the wildlife and technology at the IAC. Sue has spent 5 summers and one winter in Antarctica, and has first hand experience of living in Scott Base.


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