Dr Kim Crosbie has been working in the polar regions for over 25 years including several years as Executive Director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). Ship based tourism to the Antarctic has grown in recent years with 43,691 people visiting the continent in 2016/17. IAATO is dedicated to promoting safe and sustainable tourism. Kim will explore the challenges and opportunities brought about by tourism in Antarctica.
She now chairs Noble Caledonia Ltd. and is a Trustee of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT). Kim started as a post graduate researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute where she gained an M.Phil in environmental management in the Arctic. She has extensive experience of leading expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic, primarily onboard expedition vessels, supporting groups of students, film makers, authors, artists and other visitors. While working for IAATO she developed a strong framework of visitor management practices. She was awarded the Queen’s Polar Medal in 2016 for her contributions to environmental management in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.