About Us

The Antarctic Science Foundation supports world class scientific research that advances the understanding and protection of the Antarctic, Southern Ocean and Subantarctic natural environments.

The Antarctic Science Foundation breaks ground for public-private environmental and science philanthropy: we are uniquely placed to bring together science, business, government, philanthropy and community.

We are proud to work with the Australian Antarctic Division to champion research that will help us deepen our knowledge of the extraordinary Antarctic environment and its profound influence on global climate and ecosystems.

Across Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic, Southern Ocean and Australia, scientists from 28 countries and 176 institutions come together through the Australian Antarctic Program. The full breadth of the research program touches every facet of the atmospheric, terrestrial, and marine physical and life sciences. The need for this work has never been greater.

We seek partners who recognise the vital role of polar research in helping the world anticipate and adapt to climate change, as well as the fundamental need to protect and conserve the unique Antarctic ecosystem, from the smallest shell-building protist to the blue whale.

Please join the Antarctic Science Foundation in shaping the future of your planet.

Expression of Interest

The Antarctic Science Foundation are seeking expressions of interest from scientists and science organisations with teams interested in working with the Antarctic Science Foundation to seek funding for their projects. The projects must meet the purpose of the Antarctic Science Foundation and have a strong value proposition for funding.

Consideration of Expressions of Interest will be through the Science subcommittee of the Board, Chaired by Professor Emma Johnston. Expressions of interest for this inaugural round are due by COB December 7 2018, and all submissions must be lodged electronically to

Our Board

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The Honourable Robert Hill, AC

Robert Hill is a former Australian Senator serving as a Senator for South Australia from 1981-2006. His ministerial appointments included Minister for the Environment 2002-2006. After leaving the Parliament he was appointed Australian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York.

Robert has a long history in supporting environmental causes particularly relating to the marine environment and Antarctica. He was an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the University of Sydney and served as Chair of the Institute for Global Change at the University of Queensland. He chairs the Cooperative Research Centre on Low Carbon Living at the University of New South Wales and Chairs the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust. He was a member of the Global Oceans Commission and is a member of Antarctica2020. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Board of The Nature Conservancy and a Governor of WWF Australia.

Professor Emma Johnston AO

Prof Emma Johnston is the Dean of Science at the University of New South Wales. She is an authority in marine ecology and a former Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW.

She is head of the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology Lab at UNSW and has led major projects for industry, government, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Antarctic Science Program. As President of Science and Technology Australia (STA), Prof Johnston is a national representative for the STEM sector and a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM. Prof Johnston is also a professional science communicator who presents for BBC/Foxtel and ABC television.

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Mina Guli

The founder and CEO of Thirst, Mina is a global leader, an entrepreneur and adventurer passionate and committed to making a difference in the world. Following a 15-year successful career as a world leader in climate change that started in law, and progressed to the World Bank and then successfully cofounding boutique investment firm Peony Capital, Mina established Thirst – an organisational initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

Thirst is solving the water crisis by changing the way we think about water. Since its launch in 2012, Thirst has educated more than 2 million students in China, has had more than 600,000 participants in its innovation competitions, works with more than 1000 qualified volunteers and with the support of the Chinese Government and is expanding rapidly across China.

In 2016, Mina became the first person to run the equivalent of 40 marathons across 7 Deserts on 7 Continents in just 7 Weeks to raise awareness of the water crisis. With media coverage in outlets including CNN, BBC, ITV, ABC, CCTV and others, Mina’s messages about water reached more than 4 billion people across the globe. In 2017 she ran 40 marathons in 40 days down 6 of the world's great rivers on 6 continents to support Sustainable Development Goal 6, documenting the water challenges and presenting them at the UN.

Mina has been recognised for her leadership. She has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Australia’s most influential women, and by Fortune Magazine in 2016 alongside Angela Merkel, Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook and the Pope as one of the 50 greatest leaders in the world.

Troy Guenther
Public Officer

Troy Guenther is a global leader in strategic technology and customer experience. His career has been focused on how to use technology to help companies be more transparent with their customers, improve the way those customers do business, and minimise the costs by the use of emerging technologies. 

Most recently, Troy was the Lead Architect at the nbn, who was responsible for defining a new industry mode of operation for telecommunications never done at the scale Australia was attempting, with a focus on improving the way that the nbn and the telco industry improved their interactions with the Australia consumers and businesses. Additionally, he and his team helped establish much of the operational capabilities of the company, with a keen goal to minimise the amount of manual effort required. 

Prior to the nbn, Troy has worked consulting a series of organisations, helping to establish new business units or new product lines. Originally born in America and now based in Melbourne, his work experience has lead to engagements on six continents, which has also given him exposure to new cultures, business practices, and  ways of thinking.



Dr. Tony Press
Company Secretary

Tony Press is an adjunct Professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre at the University of Tasmania (ACE CRC). He was formerly the CEO of the ACE CRC from 2009 to 2014. From 1998-2008 he was the Director of the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). He chaired the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) from 2002 to 2006; was Australia’s representative to the CEP and Alternative Representative to Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings from 1999 to 2008; and Australia’s Commissioner to the Commission for the Convention on Antarctic Marine Living Resources from 1998 to 2008. Dr Press provided the Australian Government with the 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan in 2014.

Dr Press is well known nationally and internationally for his work in Antarctic and Southern Ocean policy and science, and for his work on climate change. Dr Press was recently appointed as the Chair of the Tasmanian Government’s Antarctic Gateway Advisory Committee (TAG); and he is the Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (ClEX) Advisory Board. Dr Press teaches at the University of Tasmania and the National Security College at the Australian National University.

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