The International Antarctic Institute (IAI) is a global consortium of universities and agencies that provide university-level education and conduct research in Antarctica.

The IAI offers international opportunities in Antarctic undergraduate and postgraduate multi-disciplinary education by sharing teaching resources between international Partner universities. We are also developing new and innovative Antarctic courses and pathways between degrees to encourage student and staff mobility.





19 October 2017

Dear IAI Members,

As many of you know I retired my position as Director of Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury in July this year.  I maintained my position as director of the IAI in order to facilitate a field programme for IAI post graduate students at Gondwana Station in Terra Nova Bay.  However, unfortunately this field trip will not take place this coming Antarctic season for various reasons.  Consequently, I wish to resign my position as Director of the IAI.  The University of Canterbury is keen to retain the IAI for the coming years and will announce a new Director in the near future.  
Thank you for your support over the past few years.  I wish the IAI well and hope for a very productive future in years to come.
Best regards


8 November 2016
Call for Applications are out for the CCAMLR/UTAS Antarctic and Southern Ocean Internship 2017. Applications close 23 December 2016. Project outline and details here.
15 August 2016
The next IAI meeting will be held at the SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday 23 August 2016, 6.00 pm, Room 404, KL Convention Centre. Representatives from all Partner Institutes are most welcome to attend. The meeting is to provide updates and discuss future directions and activities.

25 August 2015

Call for Applications for the CCAMLR Internship Project 2016. Project title: Antarctic krill fisheries: is there a gap between science and society? Interviews conducted and an intern chosen in December 2015. Contact julia.jabour@utas.edu.au

24 August 2015

Introductory Course in Marine Sciences: Biogeochemical Oceanography and Climate offered by AWI from 29 September to 2 October 2015. Suitable for Masters and PhD students. AWI will host up to five international students from IAI member organisations. Contact  info.polmar@awi.de

31 March 2015

Professor Bryan Storey is delighted to announce that the Ocean University of China in Qingdao is now a full member of the IAI, having just signed the MOU. Bryan visited the University where he was hosted by Professor Wang Min.

22 January 2015

The IAI Secretariat has moved from the University of Tasmania to Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Professor Bryan Storey has become the new IAI Director. Bryan has acknowledged the University of Tasmania for having the vision to set up the IAI and the work that Professor Andrew McMinn and Dr Patti Virtue have done in running the Institute for its first 10 years.