Antarctica-Chile Project

James McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University, who held a leadership role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) when it shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and Dr. David Ellis, President Emeritus of the Museum of Science, Boston, former Interim Executive Director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History and former President of The Museum Group, lead the Antarctica-Chile Project, which has an ambitious plan.

Objectives:
• Antarctic Wing at the Museo Marítimo Nacional (MMN) in Valparaiso
• A field trip participation of Chilean and Harvard students to engage a new generation of Antarctic scientists to carry on the work of today’s experts
• A museum in the Chilean Antarctica in which educational programs on science and climate, including Harvard students, will be linked to schools throughout Chile

Background:
Professor James McCarthy and Dr. David Ellis, started this exploratory initiative, supported by DRCLAS Regional Office, the Chilean Navy and Harvard alumni, with their visit to Chile' s Arturo Prat Naval Base in Antarctica in early January 20, 2013.

In October 2014 DRCLAS, Museo Marítimo Nacional (MMN), Corporación Patrimonio Marítimo de Chile, and Fundación Mar de Chile, organized the conference Antarctica and Climate Change, led by Professor James McCarthy. Consecutively, Dr. David Ellis ran a workshop with Professor McCarthy in preparation of the creation of the Antarctic wing at MMN in Valparaíso.

Events related to this intitiative:
1. Conference “La Antártica y el cambio climático”, held by Profesor James J. McCarthy
2. Conference “Museografía Didáctica”, held by Dr. David W. Ellis

Participating Harvard Faculty: James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography
Collaborators: David Ellis, President Emeritus Boston Museum of Science; Mónica Krassa, Board Member Harvard Club de Chile; Juan Mass, Private sector Liason, Armada de Chile
Collaborating Institutions: Armada de Chile, Harvard Club de Chile