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Three leading Antarctic organisations announce opportunities for early career researchers.  The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation and astrophysics research.

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early career researchers. The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to US$15,000 each and up to five fellowships in total are on offer for 2013. The fellowships enable early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons. The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 4 June 2013.

This year, the SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with the Scientific Scholarship Scheme of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AU$ 30,000 to assist early career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years.  The scheme was established in 2010 and a maximum of three awards will be made in 2013. The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term. The deadline for CCAMLR applications is 1 October 2013.

All three schemes are being jointly promoted by the three organisations.  For more information on SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships, visit the SCAR website at:

Or the COMNAP website at: 

For information on CCAMLR Scholarships, visit the CCAMLR website at:

leif_andersonIASC is pleased to announce that the 2013 IASC Medal, which is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic, goes to Leif G. Anderson
The IASC Medal Committee reviewed the nominations received and unanimously decided to honor Leif G. Anderson for his pioneering work on the functioning of the Arctic Ocean and his groundbreaking scientific contributions to understanding the chemistry and carbon cycle of this very special ocean system. Congratulations!

The 2013 award of the IASC Medal will be by the President of IASC during the Arctic Science Summit Week 2013 in Krakow (Poland). The award ceremony will be during the ASSW 2013 Science Symposium on 17-19 April and include a 30 minutes lecture by the awardee.

More at IASC Web-Site


Transnational Access call to INTERACT Boreal Stations for summer 2013 and winter 2013/2014 is open 1-28946954f1aa

The INTERACT project under EU-FP7 has a Transnational Access program that offers access to research stations in the northernmost Europe and Russian Federation. The current TA call is open to Boreal Stations within the INTERACT network, including six stations in Norway, Finland, Russian Federation and Faroe Islands. The sites represent a variety of ecosystems from boreal forests, bogs and other peatlands, wetlands, flood plains and freshwater ecosystems to highlands and fjells, periglacial landscapes and low alpine tundra, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. 

Some key areas of research that fit to the specific stations are mentioned below, but various other kinds of research can also be conducted at all stations:

·         Bioforsk Svanhovd, Norway: endangered and invasive species, changes in land use, anthropogenic influences, effects of air pollution from heavy metals and acidification, effects of grazing by domestic animals

·         Oulanka Research Station, Finland: freshwater, plant and tourism ecology, effects of tourism, long-term data series, land use and land use changes, winter ecology, freshwater ice ecology

·         Kevo Subarctic Research Institute, Finland: treeline ecosystems, herbivory impacts, periglacial and peatland formations, Sami culture

·         Kolari Research Unit, Finland: human-ecosystem interactions such as effects of tourism, reindeer management, forestry and mining

·         Mukhrino Field Station, Russian Federation: biodiversity, paleoecology, eco-hydrology, mire ecology, vegetation, microbiology, carbon and nitrogen cycling 

·         FINI Sornfelli, Faroe Islands: periglacial highland landscapes and processes, subarctic ecology

You can find more information about the stations available in the call by clicking the links above to station descriptions on the INTERACT website. Applications to other INTERACT Stations offering access are not considered eligible in this call, and will be rejected from evaluation.

Read more: Go Green! Apply Transnational Access to conduct research at the Boreal Stations of INTERACT!

SCAR_biology_2013XIth SCAR Biology Symposium: Life in Antarctica - Boundaries and Gradients in a Changing Environment 15-19 July 2013, Barcelona. Deadline for the abstract and awards submission has been extended to the 28th February 2013.

The main theme for the XIth SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) symposium is "Life in Antarctica: Boundaries and Gradients in a Changing Environment". This symposium links the functional importance of land and water ecosystems and their biocomplexity, under an ecosystemic perspectivein order to understand the Antarctic trophic web, effects of human impacts such as the ozone hole, climate change, the increase in tourism activities, the flexible boundaries and dynamic gradients in Antarctic ecosystem, as well the Antarctic marine biodiversity through its patterns, processes and trends.

An important aspect of this symposium is the outreach and educationsection, which will emphasize the importance of communication between polar researchers and educators in order to improve understanding and connections between scientists and society. Moreover, one of the aims of the symposium is transferring scientific knowledge beyond the scientific community and letting the general public take an active part in post-symposium hands-on activities, open lectures, seminars, courses and exhibitions. Such exposure will be of undoubtedly benefit to polar science.

This symposium will be also the perfect oportunity to show the final results of the SCAR programme "Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic". Similarly, the new SCAR programmes AntEco and AnT-ERA will be presented to the scientific community and will outline their objectives and perspectives for the coming years.

Finally, the newly created Spanish Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS Spain) is going to be highly involved in the symposium by organizing round table sessions and preparing outreach contents.

For further details see: 

SCAR_TINKERNominations for the 2013 Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica are now open (until 23 May 2013).

The “Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica” is a US$ 100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica.  The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse’s passion for Antarctica and is intended to be a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008.

The prize-winner can be from any country and work in any field of Antarctic science or policy.  The goal is to provide recognition of the important work being done by the individual and to call attention to the significance of understanding Antarctica in a time of change.  A website with further details, including the process of nomination, closing date and selection of the Prize recipients is available at

The Prize is awarded by the Tinker Foundation and administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).


The High North Academy is organizing a PhD-course FSK-8004 Entrepreneurship and commercialization - preparing PhD students for an entrepreneurial career – 5 stp. The course is open for students and researchers across Fram institutions. 

In need of more information, please contact for administrative questions or Prof. Lene Foss, for academic questions.

And read more about the application process on:

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