Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future

Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) is an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative that aims to strengthen Antarctic science, policy and governance at a time of rapid environmental and geopolitical change.

The initiative will deliver interdisciplinary science to forecast environmental change across the Antarctic region, to deploy effective environmental stewardship strategies in the face of this change and to secure Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.

Research projects undertaken by the initiative are derived from three themes:

  • Climate processes and change
  • Biodiversity status and trends
  • Supporting environmental stewardship


The QUT Centre for Robotics are part of an interdisciplinary, multi-organisational consortium of researchers who work to secure the environmental future of Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic Islands. Our team includes ecologists, applied mathematicians, climatologists, conservation scientists, and policy-makers.

At QUT, our researchers are based at the Centre for the Environment, the Centre for Robotics, the Centre for Data Science, and the Science and Engineering Faculty. Our network of universities extends across Australia to the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and Spain. To reach every corner of the Antarctic continent, we collaborate with polar exploration agencies including the Australian Antarctic Division, the British Antarctic Survey, the Norwegian Polar Institute, and the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute.