The core membership of the 24th Ukrainian Antarctic Expedition has been determined. It includes two women.
A well-known scientist Igor Dykyi – associate professor of the Department of Zoology of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, who has a great wintering experience in Antarctica, was elected to be the Leader of the 24th UAE.
Other members of the expedition:
Brillinh Yevhenii, geophysicist (Carpathian Branch of S.I. Subbotin Institute of Geophysics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Nyzhne Selyshche regime geophysical station, Zakarpattia);
Gavrylyuk Bogdan, geophysicist (Institute of Radio Astronomy, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kharkiv);
Zulas Oleksander, meteorologist (Hydrometeorological Center of the Black and Azov Seas, Odesa);
Razumnyi Serhii, meteorologist (Boris Sreznevsky Central Geophysical Observatory, Chornobyl Meteorological station, Kyiv);
Bilyi Taras, meteorologist (S.I. Subbotin Institute of Geophysics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv);
Savenko Oksana, biologist (National Antarctic Scientific Center, Kyiv);
Babii Nataliia, doctor;
Omelchenko Anton, system mechanic;
Holubenko Andrii, diesel operator – electrician;
Kviatkovskyi Oleksandr, system administrator;
Palamarchuk Bohdan, cook.
Eight participants had previously wintered at the station, and four of them will go the station for the first time. For the scientist Bogdan Havrylyuk this will be already the eighth expedition. The 24th UAE also includes the great-grandson of the famous Anton Omelchenko, the first Ukrainian who visited Antarctica as part of the Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition in 1910-1912. This will be the second wintering of Omelchenko Jr.
All specialists should undergo a medical examination and special multi -day training before leaving for Antarctica. It is expected that the expedition will depart to Vernadsky station at the end of March 2019.
We recall that an open selection of participants of the Antarctic expedition was held for the first time. NASC has received a record number of applications (178!) from those wishing to work at Vernadsky station. There were 32 women among applicants. The selection of participants was conducted by a competition commission headed by the NASC Director Evgen Dykyi.