As part of our commitment to public engagement and outreach in the research of the ITGC, we welcome journalists to make contact with the Science Coordination Office. In addition, we will consider requests from journalists and broadcasters to visit Thwaites Glacier during summer field seasons. Places are limited, managed jointly with the National Science Foundation, and the selection process is competitive.
UPDATE May 14, 2020: No media visits to Thwaites Glacier 2020/21
It has been announced by the National Science Foundation that there will be no media visits to Thwaites Glacier during the 2020/21 field season. Whilst it is an important part of ITGC to communicate our work to the public through the media, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the situation and affected this season’s logistics. We have been able to facilitate media visits to Thwaites Glacier in the previous two field seasons, which have enabled us to reach large audiences all over the world. It is hoped that media visits with the ITGC may resume in the future.
NSF’s statement reads: The safety and security of the polar research community is NSF’s top priority. In light of the emergence of COVID-19, NSF has taken several measures to ensure the continued health of Antarctica’s researchers and support staff. These measures include limiting travel to the continent in order to ensure research operations do not introduce the virus to this remote region. To mitigate the risks posed by this virus and ensure continuity of mission, NSF has decided to cancel media visits to the field this upcoming season. NSF is committed to media engagement in the Antarctic and will reach out later this year regarding on-site future media opportunities in Antarctica in 2021 and beyond.