Sponsors: The Antarctic Circle and The Fram Museum

Principles of the SouthPole-sium
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Subjects of talks proposed to be presented so far
Subject ideas for talks that might be presented
Oslo & Norway
Fram Museum & Norwegian Maritime Museum, our venues
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Optional Excursion to Uranienborg
Optional Excursion to Horten, Tønsberg, Sandefjord and Larvik
Optional Excursions: Oslo-Bergen via Finse and Coastal Cruise: Bergen to Tromsø
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This will expand and change as the SouthPole-sium approaches.

FRIDAY Optional all-day bus excursion to the National Library, Ski Museum and Uranienborg, Amundsen's house. We will start off at 9:30am with a visit to the National Library of Norway to view some of the Antarctic material in its collections. Library staff will make a presentation on the Library's polar holdings. (All attendees are invited to this without charge, not just those on the optional excursion.) Lunch will be included at Frognerseteren, a traditional restaurant overlooking Oslo. After lunch there will be a stop at the Ski Museum at nearby Holmenkollen. Price for the excursion will be NOK 650 per person which is approximately US$79, £63, €73.
SouthPole-sium Registration. From 5pm or so onward.
Opening reception of the SouthPole-sium in the Gjøa Building. Probably at 6:30 or 7pm.
Antarctic film shown in the Auditorium, Gjøa Building. Either an Amundsen film or something not too heavy and a little wacky!

SATURDAY (13 May 2017. Daytime events in the adjacent Norwegian Maritime Museum)
9:00 Welcome by the sponsors. Housekeeping items. Roundtable: Attendees introduce themselves and their interests extensively (throughout morning).
Noon. Book launches starting with Brad Borkan and David Hirzel.
12:30 Lunch.
Group photo by the Polar Party statues, weather permitting.
1:30 - 5:00 Afternoon. Expanded talk (up to 40 minutes) on Norway in the Antarctic by Geir Kløver, Director of the Fram Museum. Followed by short presentations (up to 15 minutes) through the end of the day, possibly some moderated discussions.
2:00. Deadline for Contest submissions.
4:30 Kris Sienicki on Captain Scott.
5:00 Adjournment.
6:00 Reception in the Gjøa Building, followed by the Banquet on the deck of the Fram. The Master of Ceremonies at the Banquet and following will be Rick Dehmel. (He did a great job in Scotland.)
Short after-dinner talk(s) and a polar auction. If not on the deck of the Fram then in the Gjøa Building.

SUNDAY (14 May 2017. Daytime events in the adjacent Norwegian Maritime Museum)
9:30 Continuation of Saturday's short presentations and possibly some moderated discussions. Book launch(es).
12:30 SouthPole-sium concludes.
12:30 Lunch.
Afternoon. Open or perhaps a boat tour of Oslo fjord or perhaps the showing of several Polar films.
Diehard Dinner. For those still around, come along to the Olympen, an unusual and highly relaxing restaurant in Grønland. It's known for its extensive collection of beers. Those who are interested can gather there at 7pm or so, order off the menu and pay on their own. They have a large somewhat private alcove in the back that we might try to book if there's sufficient interest.

MONDAY (15 May 2017)
Optional all-day bus excursion to Horten, Tønsberg, Sandefjord and Larvik. These town have important connections to Antarctic whaling, exploration and C.A. Larsen. Lunch will be included at the Atlantic Hotel. Price for the excursion will be NOK 650 per person which is approximately US$78, £62, €73.