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iasc_webIASC Medals are awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, assuming that there is a nominee of appropriate quality. The award of medals is normally by the President of IASC during the Arctic Science Summit Week (or exceptionally at another major international meeting) following the ratification of the award.

Nominations for the IASC Medal 2014 can be submitted to the IASC Secretariat until 31 December 2013. The Medal Awards Committee, composed of Carlo Barbante (Chair), Karin Lochte and Thorsteinn Gunnarsson, will consider the nominations received and the medal will be awarded at the Arctic Science Summit Week 2014 in Helsinki, Finland (April 2014). A medal nomination form is available on theIASC website at: http://www.iasc.info/home/iasc/iasc-medal

For more information please contact the IASC Secretariat.

scar_logo_2013SCAR is embarking on a unique and exciting project to identify the most important and compelling questions in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science over the next two decades. A collective, community-based vision of the 100 highest priority scientific questions will be developed to assist in strategic planning; influence future directions in Antarctic research; highlight opportunities for collaborations and synergies; identify future critical infrastructure, logistical, and technological needs; and inform international decisions about investments in the Antarctic scientific enterprise. For this project to be successful, we need your opinion and insight on what are or will be the scientific questions that, once answered, will measurably improve our understanding of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and its connections to the Earth and climate systems and beyond.

Questions can be of importance to global issues and/or questions grounded in curiosity-driven research capitalizing on the unique setting of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Questions supported by observations from Antarctica because of its singular characteristics are also solicited. Questions should be ones that are best addressed by research in the southern Polar Regions or where studies in Antarctica provide insights not attainable elsewhere.

While this process has been successfully used by others this will be the first attempt by the Antarctic and Southern Ocean community to use this approach. The process itself will generate a community-wide discussion and broad recognition of emerging frontiers encouraging people to think in ways not previously considered.

Outputs will include a high-profile, summary paper published in a leading journal and various other documents and products that will be widely disseminated to the community. Your responses will be the "raw material' to identify the most compelling and timely questions for Antarctic and Southern Ocean science in the future. This project will only be successful if the community – and you – choose to participate! Please encourage your colleagues to submit questions as well. This first round solicitation will close on 15 June 2013.

Submit your question at http://www.scar.org/horizonscanning/

ABAScienceThe Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council has released the“Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA),” a report containing the best available science informed by traditional ecological knowledge on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.

Please find attached a press package including a press release (available in EnglishFinnish and Inuktitut), a summary of the key findings and policy recommendations arising from the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Report for Policy Makers (available in English, Russian and Inuktitut). As well as some backgrounders and photos for press use. This information can also be found on the ABA website: www.arcticbiodiversity.is , which we hope you will visit.

More detailed information on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity can be found in  the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report and the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Synthesis.

The ABA, involving over 250 scientists has been produced by some of the world’s leading experts and was presented to the Foreign Ministers of the Arctic Council countries at the Arctic Council Ministerial on May 15. This major circumpolar effort provides a much needed description of the state of biodiversity in the Arctic. The ABA:

·         creates a baseline for use in global and regional assessments of Arctic biodiversity which will inform and guide future Arctic Council work;

·         provides up-to-date knowledge gathered from scientific publications supplemented with insights from traditional knowledge holders;

·         identifies gaps in the data record;

·         describes key mechanisms driving change; and

·         presents science-based suggestions for action on addressing major pressures on Arctic biodiversity.

If you have any questions please contact Mark Marissink, ABA Steering Committee Chair,  Tom Barry, Executive Secretary, CAFF International Secretariat or Courtney Price, Communications Officer, CAFF International Secretariat.

You can also follow CAFF on Twitter @CAFFSecretariat or on our Arctic Biodiversity Facebook page.

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caffThe Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council has released the “Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA),” a report containing the best available science informed by traditional ecological knowledge on the status and trends of Arctic biodiversity and accompanying policy recommendations for biodiversity conservation.

To accompany the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment report and the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Synthesis, CAFF has prepared a summary of the key findings and developed policy recommendations in an Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Report for Policy Makers (available in English, Russian and Inuktitut). These documents, as well as apress release (available in English, Finnish and Inuktitut) and additional information for partners and members of the press (photos, videos, backgrounders) can be found on the ABA website: www.arcticbiodiversity.is , which we hope you will visit.

The ABA, involving over 250 scientists has been produced by some of the world’s leading experts and was presented to the Foreign Ministers of the Arctic Council countries at the Arctic Council Ministerial on May 15. This major circumpolar effort provides a much needed description of the state of biodiversity in the Arctic. The ABA:

·         creates a baseline for use in global and regional assessments of Arctic biodiversity which will inform and guide future Arctic Council work;

·         provides up-to-date knowledge gathered from scientific publications supplemented with insights from traditional knowledge holders;

·         identifies gaps in the data record;

·         describes key mechanisms driving change; and

·         presents science-based suggestions for action on addressing major pressures on Arctic biodiversity

Interact-logoINTERACT Transnational Access call will be open 1st August – 30th September, 2013.

Learn more about the call and available sites from the INTERACT website at http://www.eu-interact.org/ 

Register to the on-line application system already now, and apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

SCAR logo white backgroundThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is embarking on a unique and exciting project to identify the most important and compelling questions in Antarctic and Southern Ocean science over the next two decades. A collective, community-based vision of the 100 highest priority scientific questions will be developed to assist in strategic planning; influence future directions in Antarctic research; highlight opportunities for collaborations and synergies; identify future critical infrastructure, logistical, and technological needs; and inform international decisions about investments in the Antarctic scientific enterprise.  For this project to be successful, we need your opinion and insight on what are or will be THE scientific questions that once answered, will measurably improve our understanding of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and its connections to the Earth and climate systems and beyond.

For further details go directly to: http://www.scar.org/horizonscanning/

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