on Human Biology and Medicine

​​Welcome to the Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine.

The Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine grew from a merger of the SCAR Expert Group in Human Biology and Medicine and the COMNAP Medical Network (Medinet). It’s objectives and operational guidelines are consistent with the aims and strategies of both COMNAP and SCAR. ​


JEGHBM consists of experts with healthcare experience in remote and austere environments. The group consists of medical doctors, psychologists, human physiologists and biologists who are actively engaged in medical care and medical /biomedical research in the Antarctic, Arctic, Space Medicine and other extreme and austere environments.

The SCAR COMNAP 2020 Local Organising Committee, in consultation with the SCAR and COMNAP  Executive Committees have decided to cancel SCAR COMNAP 2020 in light of the global Coronavirus situation. The Committee has given due consideration to local Tasmanian and Australian health advice as well as the global response to the pandemic.

Lessons from the Poles: Remote living, working and healthcare in the poles, and Antarctica as the ultimate space analogue
A 3 day symposium hosted by JEGBHM, incorporating the JEGBHM section of the Open Science Conference, a diving workshop for the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and a day of Space- lessons from Antarctica (Australian Antarctic Division) 

6th-8th August 2020, Hobart, Tasmania.

You are all warmly invited to attend a unique 3 day symposium, taking place at one of the gateways to Antarctica…..Hobart

SCAR and COMNAP are holding their joint conference this year (SCAR COMNAP 2020) , and so we as the Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medecine have taken the opportunity to host a 3 day symposium.

There is something for everyone!

Our main focus as always, is the human, working and living in the polar environments. However, as we know, it is not just how we do that, but how we can translate that experience to other areas, and this year that includes remote diving and space.

Day 1
We are always part of the Open Science Conference, and we have two sessions for the presentation of novel abstracts, with an expansive title to allow a diversity of subjects. 

Day 2
COMNAP have requested a remote diving workshop, to share learning, experience and evidence to support members responsible for diving, both for science and for construction.

Day 3
A Day of Space ! Lessons from Antarctica
With the recent launch of the Australian space programme, it is timely for us to immerse ourselves in the space arena. There is a real symbiosis between those living, working and researching in Antarctica, and those trying to live in space. With obviously the modern day space race…to get humans to Mars giving focus to that drive.
Whilst we focus on Antarctica as an analogue for space, we too can learn from the endeavors in space…….it is often quicker to return from the international space station than from some of our Antarctic stations!


Find out more.

About Us


The Joint Expert Group on Human Biology and Medicine is dedicated to understanding the factors that impact health and wellness and on improving the delivery of healthcare to those experiencing the challenges and isolation of the Arctic, Antarctic and space environments. 

Subscribe for News & Updates

Quick Links

© 2019 by Proudly created by with John Adams Web Design