Sarah Williamson (New Zealand) "Health and safety on the ice"
Chief Executive, Antarctica New Zealand
Sarah will talk about how the Antarctica New Zealand team uses both formal systems and cultural expectations to operate safely and successfully in an extreme environment.
Antarctica’s ice shelves, ice sheets and ocean currents affect our global climate and provide an indication of what our world will look like if global warming stretches past the temperature levels set in the Paris Agreement. Scott Base is New Zealand’s home on the ice there. It provides living quarters for scientists and researchers to undertake some of the most important science in the world amid temperatures reaching -60C, constant winter darkness and winds strong enough to blow out the anemometer wheel. It’s no surprise that their health and safety is Antarctica New Zealand’s first priority.
With a team also based in the Christchurch office 3,800km away (in much milder terrain and weather conditions!) and limited connectivity to Scott Base, generating engagement across locations can be an interesting challenge Sarah invites us to explore with her.