2011 Expedition Overview


Due to the overwhelming success of the SOI Antarctic University Expedition 2011, Students on Ice will offer a third Antarctic University Expedition December 28, 2013-January 9, 2014. Explore this website and contact Students on Ice for further details.

Students on Ice Alumni are inspired to make a difference

Welcome to the Students on Ice Antarctic University Expedition 2011!

This educational expedition to the world’s southernmost continent was a life-changing experience for all program participants! It served as a powerful and unique international platform to inspire, educate, give cause for hope, create change, and raise awareness around the world about polar science and research, the impacts of climate change and other environmental issues facing Antarctica.

The ship-based journey explored southern South America, the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding Southern Ocean. It involved 60 international undergraduate and graduate-level University students who had the opportunity to enroll in one of several accredited field courses. The students were mentored by a team of 30 scientists, historians, artists, explorers, educators, innovators and polar experts. Students developed knowledge, skills, perspectives and practices that will help them in their selected fields of study and future careers.

Students on Ice on the Koerner Pillow Ice Cap, Antarctica

Travelling to Antarctica is like travelling to another planet. It is also an amazing window to this world, and a cornerstone of our global ecosystem. Antarctica serves as an incredible platform for education and science. We hope these student expeditioners will return home as ambassadors and leaders for the planet with new inspiration and levels of and motivation that they will be able to carry with them into the future. 

Students on Ice in the Wauwermans Islands, Antarctica

This expedition would not have been possible without the generous support of our many partners including ArcticNet, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, the Canadian Circumpolar Institute, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian Polar Commission, Carleton University, the Government of Canada program for the International Polar Year, LAN Airlines, Luleå University of Technology, McGill University, the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, the United Nations Programme on Youth, the University of Alberta, the University of California (Los Angeles), the University of Ottawa, and the University of St Andrews.

For those interested in joining us on an upcoming Students on Ice Arctic or Antarctic expedition, please visit our main website or contact our office.

In the expedition spirit,

Geoff Green
Founder, Executive Director and Expedition Leader
Students on Ice