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The Southern Ocean: Australian interests

Held on the 18th Sep 2019

at 6pm to

, Southern Tasmania

Add to Calendar 2019-09-18 18:00:00 2019-09-18 19:30:00 Australia/Sydney The Southern Ocean: Australian interests The second of two public forums marking the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty. Law Lecture Theatre 1, Grosvenor Crescent, Sandy Bay Campus
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Law Lecture Theatre 1, Grosvenor Crescent, Sandy Bay Campus


The second of two public forums marking the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty.


  • Dr Anthony Bergin, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Dr Jeffrey McGee, University of Tasmania
  • Kim Ellis, Australian Antarctic Division
  • Hosted by Professor Marcus Haward, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies

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This is the second of two public forums in 2019, a year that marks the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty.

Dr Anthony Bergin, Senior Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute: Australia-France Collaboration – The Southern Ocean Risk Assessment

Bergin photoFor 20 years Dr Bergin served as an academic at the Australian Defence Force Academy. From 1991-2003 he was the Director of the Australian Defence Studies Centre. He served for four years as an Adjunct Reader in Law at the Australian National University, where he taught international law. From 2016-18 he was a senior research fellow at the National Security College, ANU. Dr Bergin has been a consultant to a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has written extensively on a wide range of national security and maritime issues in academic journals, books, and ASPI reports. Dr Bergin was recently chief investigator for a project sponsored by the Australian and French governments on environmental risk mapping in the eastern Indian Ocean, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. He is a regular media commentator and author of  several hundred op-eds for The Australian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review. He regularly contributes to ASPI's analysis and commentary site, The Strategist

Dr Jeffrey McGee, Senior Lecturer, Marine and Antarctic Studies,University of Tasmania: The Southern Ocean and Antarctic Geopolitics

McGee picJeff is a Senior Lecturer in climate change, marine and Antarctic law in the Faculty of Law and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at University of Tasmania. He recently co-edited a special issue of the Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs on Twenty First Century Challenges for the Antarctic Treaty System. Jeff is a Chief Investigator on a 2019-21 Australian Research Council discovery project on Geopolitical Change and the Antarctic Treaty System.

Kim Ellis, Director, Australian Antarctic Division: Antarctica and Southern Oceans – Australian interests and engagement

Ellis picKim was appointed as Director of the Australian Antarctic Division in February 2019. Kim’s career has focused on complex operational logistics, leading large-scale public organisations through transformational change and delivering critical environmental science activities. He has degrees in arts, human resources management and business administration from Royal Military College Duntroon, University of Canberra and Deakin University. His involvement with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean began in 1979 as a young Army lieutenant operating all-terrain amphibious vehicles known as LARCs (Lighter, Amphibious, Resupply, Cargo). As a ‘LARC-ey’, Kim led the resupply teams for Mawson, Davis and Macquarie Island research stations. Kim worked in amphibious and aviation support logistic roles throughout Australia and the United States, and specialised in air and sea terminal operations in Sydney and Darwin. His 24-year Army career culminated in the command of the Amphibious Logistics Regiment.

The forum will be chaired by Professor Marcus Haward, Oceans and Cryosphere, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. 

Refreshments from 5.30pm.