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Victoria University Antarctic Research Expedition Science and Logistics Reports 2008-09: VUWAE 53



Provide feedback on the overall services at Scott Base.

Are the services provided (food, rooms, lounge, library, briefing room, gym, etc.) suitable for your requirements? If not, please provide suggestions.

Scott Base offers an extraordinary level of services. I particularly would like to point out the usefulness of the Hillary Field Centre and also the well designed recreation area page 7 adjacent to the mess. Work conditions in the office area adjacent to the library would improve with better lightening and a more ergonomic set-up (eg. better chairs, some shelving or draws).

Comment of activities available and your ability to participate in them (social events, FAM trips, activities at McMurdo)

Scott Base offers a very active and in my mind important recreational programme, that allows staff to feel safe, comfortable, and confident in the Antarctic environment. Also, I believe that FAM trips in particular are very useful to give base staff a sense of field deployments that is helpful in putting requests from field parties into perspective. For these reasons I can only suggest to maintain and if possible strengthen this programme. Furthermore, I believe that the current system for participation is fair and simple.