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Travel Support for Graduate Students and Early Career Scientists to attend the 12th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate

The Physical Science Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Commission on Polar Meteorology (ICPM) of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) have provided funding to support the participation of graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) and early career scientists (within 5 years of graduation of either Ph.D. or M.S.) in the 12th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate. Support can cover the registration fee of $145, hotel accommodation, and airfare. Depending on the number of applications received and their merit, partial support may be awarded to some or all applications. Preference will be given to under-represented groups and applicants from countries with developing Antarctic programs. Selections will be made by the Organizing Committee for the workshop.

To apply: Send a short CV (1 page), a brief statement of the benefit to your career of attendance and how you will contribute to the workshop (1 page), and a budget for the support you are seeking. Send these materials to Dr. David Bromwich, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

Deadline for receipt of applications: April 1, 2017.

Awards will be announced by April 15, 2017. Successful applicants will pay for their justified expenditures and will get refunded later (up to the award amount) based on receipts provided.

Things to remember: The funding is limited and applications will likely be very competitive. Please keep these factors in mind when completing your application, and make your best case for support.

PhD Opportunity: Unlocking the SCAR archive: the sixty-year long consolidation of Antarctic governance through polar research

A Great PhD Opportunity! SCAR logo white background 

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is the international organization tasked with coordinating research in Antarctica and as part of its 60yr Anniversary celebration, has decided to open its archives for a comprehensive study. This is SCAR’s veritable legacy of sixty years of research coordination at the bottom of the world. We are looking for an enthusiastic and bright scholar to examine the archival documents in order to better understand SCAR’s role in the shaping of Antarctic science and geopolitics as well as to use the historical evidence to cast new light on Antarctica’s present and future. The SCAR archive consists of official documents and correspondence from 1958 to the early 2000s stored in approximately thirty boxes at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI, Cambridge, UK). The materials document meetings; projects in glaciology, oceanography, solid earth science, and environmental conservation; negotiations and related agreements in the context of the Antarctic Treaty System.

Application Deadline: 07 April 2017

The researcher will be working under the supervision of Simone Turchetti as first academic supervisor and in coordination with Kieron Flanagan, the second supervisor. He/She will also report regularly on the project’s progress to Jenny Baeseman, the SCAR Executive Director.

The researcher will be employed at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester, where she/he will receive further training on research methods as well as working space. The PhD student will travel regularly to Cambridge to visit the SCAR archive. SCAR will contribute the office space and incidentals needed by the student to complete the project, as well as some travel costs. SCAR will also provide in-kind assistance to the student while in Cambridge. The investigator may also have the opportunity to attend one of the Antarctic Treaty Meetings to familiarize with the system of scientific governance existing in Antarctica.

The student will familiarize with advanced techniques to carry out archival research including ethical and legal aspects (confidentiality, ethical issues). In defining the historical study, the appointed PhD student will also extensively benefit significantly from the diversity of research interests existing in the supervisory team. She/He will thus draw on other disciplines, including environmental and science studies, international relation studies, and law studies. SCAR’s role will also expose the scholar to a number of other studies in scientific disciplines such as glaciology, oceanography and conservation studies.

Candidates must hold a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in areas such as: history of science/technology, general history, historical geography, science and technology studies, environmental history or environmental studies or another subject closely relevant to the themes of the project. Candidates with a Masters in a relevant subject area would have distinct advantage. In some cases we may be able to consider relevant professional experience in place of a Master’s qualification: please contact the academic supervisor for guidance before applying. All applicants should also have at least an Upper Second-class undergraduate degree (or non-UK equivalent: see

Interviews for the studentship are expected to be held in May 2017.

Funding Notes
This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. UK applicants qualify for the full studentship. Students from EU countries other than the UK are eligible for a fees-only award. Only EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for minimum of 3 years prior to commencing the studentship, will qualify for the full award. Applicants whose native language is not English must be able to satisfy the English language entry requirements of the University of Manchester: for further guidance see

For more information contact Dr. Simone Turchetti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

AMAP Assessment 2015 published

AMAP Assessment 2015: "Temporal Trends In Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Arctic" has now been published.

Find the electronic version here.

You are kindly asked to contact the AMAP Secretariat if you would like a printed copy.


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Application for Travel stipends to ICASS IX is now open

iassa logo1In June 8-12, 2017 International Arctic Social Science Association (IASSA) are organizing the Ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS IX) in Umeå, Sweden.

IASSA is now happy to provide stipends for ICASS IX participants! Please note that we aim to open additional stipends to apply for in the near future. We will update the ICASS IX web page as soon as we know which supplementary stipends we can offer. We currently await final approval on a large application to provide funds to American, Russian, and Indigenous scholars.

 Current open stipends:

  • For persons residing in The Russian Federation (covers full or part of costs for travel, accommodation and participation fee)
  • For persons residing in Norrbotten in Sweden (covers full cost for travel, accommodation and participation fee)
  • For persons residing in Nordic countries outside Sweden (covers participation fee)

For more information and application, please visit the ICASS IX website Travel stipends.

If you have any questions regarding travel stipends, please contact Linus Lundström at the IASSA secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships for 2017

SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships 2017 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2017

Three leading Antarctic organisations today 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, humanities and astrophysics research.

SCAR and COMNAP have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers. SCAR will offer 4 to 5 fellowships of up to USD $15,000 each for 2017 and COMNAP will offer up to 1 fellowship with funding of up to USD $15,000. The fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic field seasons. Note that for 2017 the COMNAP eligibility criteria and application process are separate to that of SCAR. The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 1 July 2017.

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 AUD $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 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 2017.

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:


Background information:

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)

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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in and from the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. SCAR Science Groups represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research. They conduct the scientific business or SCAR and provide regular reports. In addition to carrying out its primary scientific role, SCAR also provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other policy-oriented organizations, on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.


The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)

Contact: Michelle Rogan-Finnemore, Executive Secretary

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+643 364-2273

COMNAP brings together the National Antarctic Programmes of 30 Antarctic Treaty countries. Formed in 1988, the purpose of COMNAP is to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica. It does this by: Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner; Facilitating and promoting international partnerships; Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programmes' pool of expertise.


The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)

Contact: Andrew Wright, Executive Secretary

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+61 3 6210 1111

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established by international convention in 1982 with the objective of conserving Antarctic marine life. CCAMLR is an international commission with 25 Members, and a further 11 countries have acceded to the Convention. Based on the best available scientific information, the Commission agrees a set of conservation measures that determine the use of marine living resources in the Antarctic. CCAMLR practices an ecosystem-based management approach. This does not exclude harvesting, as long as such harvesting is carried out in a sustainable manner and takes account of the effects of fishing on other components of the ecosystem.

Call for session proposals: 5th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP5) June 2018

The 5th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2018) will be held in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France, 22 June - 1st July 2018. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level.

We have opened at the beginning of February the call for session proposals, which should be submitted until 15 April 2017.

Each session will be organized by two to three co-conveners (i.e. those that submit the session proposal). We encourage a high degree of internationality for the convener boards. At least one convener should be a member of the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN). PYRN conveners are students or young researchers within six years after completion of their doctoral thesis, however, they must not be students or formally under the supervision of the senior conveners of the according session. The conveners will be responsible for the selection of abstracts and for the organization of oral or poster presentations.

Inspired from the research developments exposed during the last conferences on permafrost, the following general themes denote the diversity of research to be presented at the conference: Mountain permafrost - Lowland permafrost - Periglacial geomorphology and paleoenvironments - Planetary permafrost - Permafrost and climate change – Climate and carbone feedback - Ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry - Natural hazards - Foundation engineering and infrastructure on permafrost - In-situ and remote observation techniques and programs - Modelling - Socioeconomic and cultural dynamics - History of permafrost engineering and research - Education and outreach - Infra-periglacial geomorphology - Risks on permafrost-affected slopes – Forest/ice/snow covers on permafrost - Critical zone - Etc.

Those themes are by no means restrictive and we especially wish to favour a transdisciplinary, holistic and systemic vision of the questions that the permafrost community faces. This latter includes researchers as well as stakeholders, socio-economic, political and cultural actors, commonly engaged to address the societal challenges of permafrost in a warming world.

By 30 May 2017, a decision by ISC/LOC will be presented on the acceptance of submitted sessions. The decision will be based on the inherent scientific interest and quality of the session proposal, the potential to attract participants, the thematic overlap and number of available slots at the conference.

The call for abstracts for the accepted sessions will open 20 August 2017 until 15 December 2017. After that date, depending on number of abstracts being submitted to each session, the LOC and the ISC may propose to merge, modify or cancel sessions.

We are looking forward to receive your session proposals for the EUCOP 2018 (session title, names of the conveners with their e-mail, summary of 10-15 lines) asap by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Extension of the deadline for abstract submission – February 28!

SCAR Biology Symposium 2017The XIIth Biology Symposium of the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) with the general theme 'Scale Matters', will be held in Leuven, Belgium from Monday 10th to Friday 14th July 2017.

We would like to inform you that our deadline for abstract submission has been extended, to allow more time for researchers still returning from field expeditions. The local organizing committee (LOC) and the scientific committee (SC) will consider all abstracts submitted to the conference until Tuesday, the 28th of February 2017. Abstracts must be relevant to one of the Conference sessions and authors are requested to mark one of them, under which their abstract should be evaluated by the referees.

Furthermore, we are happy to announce following keynote speakers for the Symposium:

  • Renuka Badhe
  • Christophe Barbaud
  • Alexander Choukèr
  • Don Cowan
  • Karin Lochte
  • Irene Schloss
  • Scarlett Trimborn
  • Lily Simonson as artist in residence

The International SCAR Biology symposia were initiated in 1973 with the purpose of bringing fundamental and applied scientists together with an interest in Antarctic terrestrial and marine life sciences, including man. Symposium themes under consideration include: Distribution and trends; Adaptation and processes; New insights through multi-disciplinary research; Threats and impacts: from the poles to the globe to the poles; Societal impact of Antarctic biological science; Human biology at the poles.

For information, registration and abstract submission (deadline: 28th of February 2017!), see and the pdf-file in attachment of this e-mail.

Antarctic Humanties & Social Sciences Conference

Depths & Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through Humanities and Social Sciences

  • A conference to be hosted by the University of Tasmania, Hobart, 5-7 July 2017
  • Deadline for Abstracts: 3 March 2017 
  • Conference Website
  • Keynote Speakers: Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi (Panjab University), Prof. Anne Noble (Massey University) and Prof. Tim Stephens (University of Sydney). 

Antarctica rarely makes it onto the map of the humanities and social sciences. While artists have produced responses to the continent for centuries, non-scientific researchers have been reluctant to venture intellectually into the far southern latitudes. The continent’s lack of an indigenous or permanent human population, together with a popular Antarctic exceptionalism which frames the continent as immune to the political, social and economic forces that affect the rest of the globe, has made it seem off-limits to analysis outside of a scientific framework.

Increasingly, however, public attention is being drawn to Antarctica, as the surface of its ice plays host to tourists, proliferating stations, heroic re-enactments, and national manoeuvring; its icy depths reveal the environmental history of our planet; and its ocean currents ominously undermine the glaciers around its edges. While scientific efforts are crucial, understanding the Antarctic region – past, present and future – requires contributions across the disciplinary spectrum. This conference aims to bring together humanities, creative arts and social sciences researchers interested in the Antarctic, fostering a community of scholars who can act in concert with natural scientists to address the issues that face the Antarctic region.

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We invite papers from a broad range of disciplines – including history, literary and cultural studies, creative arts, sociology, politics, geography and law – that engage with the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Contributions from scientists interested in engaging with the HASS community are encouraged. Both proposals for individual papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes question time) and interdisciplinary panels are welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Antarctic texts and subtexts
  • Antarctic cryoscapes
  • Anthropocene Antarctica
  • Ice cores as cultural and political objects
  • Submerged issues in the Antarctic region
  • Connections and collaborations between the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences (particularly oceanography and bathymetry)
  • History of polar science
  • Antarctic historiography
  • History and politics of the Southern Ocean
  • Digging into the past: archives, artefacts, archaeology
  • Subantarctic islands: histories and cultures
  • Postcolonial Antarctica
  • Ice and identity politics
  • Islands and ice
  • Antarctic nationalisms
  • Polar geographies and geopolitics
  • Antarctica and the global commons
  • Transpolar connections
  • Polar mobilities, vertical and horizontal
  • Antarctic tourism and travel
  • Inhabiting the ice: structures and dwellings
  • Polar heritage and museums
  • Antarctic aesthetics
  • Antarctica and emotions
  • Antarctic futures

ABSTRACTS of up to 250 words, including a short bio note, in WORD doc format, should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 March 2017, with notification of acceptance by 31 March 2017. There will be an opportunity for selected papers to be expanded into one or more publications stemming from the conference.

For enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica is open for nominations until 17 May 2017

The 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica is open for nominations until 17 May 2017.

The "Tinker-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 and/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 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 and/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 criteria for selecting the prize recipients, is available at

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

SCAR AnT-ERA mini-grants available for SCAR Biology Symposium 2017

The SCAR SRP AnT-ERA is happy to inform you that a limited amount of SCAR funds had been allocated to support especially early career scientists and representatives of
underrepresented national programs to join the SCAR Biology Symposium 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. Applications for mini-grants are to be sent by email to Julian Gutt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and should contain:

  • Name of the applicant and affiliation
  • Status (graduate student, PhD student or post-doc)
  • Title of the presentation
  • Short paragraph (approx. 4 lines) of the motivation, why the participation in the symposium is important;
  • Amount of money needed for e.g. ticket and accommodation  (max: $500 for European; $1500 for non-European participants).
  • Relevance of the presentation to the SCAR SRP AnT-ERA (approx. 4 lines, for implementation plan see

Deadline: 12 February with an option to get a decision before the deadline for abstract submission 15 February.

SCAR Strategic Plan 2017-2022 Published

SCAR is pleased to share the 2017-2022 SCAR Strategic Plan. The plan was written by a team of dedicated SCAR-affiliated scientists and leaders (listed below) over the course of 2016, in consultation with SCAR’s Delegates, National Committees, Partners and concerned scientists and educators.

SCAR’s vision is to create a legacy of Antarctic research as a foundation for a better future. In line with this vision, through scientific research and international cooperation SCAR will establish a thorough understanding of the nature of Antarctica, the role of Antarctica in the global system, and the character and effects of environmental change and human activities on Antarctica. SCAR's work in the next five years will focus on key objectives:

  • To amplify its leadership in Antarctic research by further strengthening and expanding high-quality collaborative and visionary Antarctic research, including observations from Antarctica;
  • To offer independent scientific advice to Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other bodies dealing with Antarctic and Southern Ocean matters;
  • To enhance and grow research capacity in SCAR member countries;
  • To enhance public awareness and understanding of Antarctic issues through communication of Antarctic research results in a timely and accessible manner; and
  • To facilitate unrestricted and free access to Antarctic research data.

As part of our efforts to reduce our environmental impact, we will not be printing a large quantity of these plans as the pdf is available online. If you would like a printed copy, please fill out the online request form before 31 January or contact the SCAR Secretariat.

We would particularly like to thank the Core Writing Team for their many hours of work:
Huw Griffiths, Julian Gutt, Daniela Liggett, Yan Ropert-Coudert, Aleks Terauds, Anton Van de Putte, Jerónimo López-Martínez and Jenny Baeseman.

And much appreciation to the larger SCAR Leadership group for constructive feedback through the process:
Karin Lochte, Azizan Samah, Bryan Storey, Terry Wilson, Nancy Bertler, Dave Bromwich, Carlota Escutia, Adrian Fox, Jesus Galindo, Graham Hosie, Berry Lyons, John Storey and Steven Chown.

This new plan replaces “Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World: SCAR Strategic Plan 2011-2016” and went into effect on 1 January 2017.

Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 – Call for Abstracts now open

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (PPW 2017) and the 2nd Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project Meeting (2nd SIMIP Meeting).

The workshops will be held at Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum in Bremerhaven, Germany from 27th to 30th March 2017. Both events are jointly organized by the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (WCRP-PCPI), the Polar Prediction Project (WWRP-PPP), the Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN), and the Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project (SIMIP).

Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (March, 27th morning - March, 29th noon)

The Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (March, 27th morning - March, 29th noon) will start with the public Alfred Wegener Lecture where every other year a distinguished climate scientist is invited to report on emerging fields of research for scientific exchange. This time, the lecture entitled “A Decade of Sea Ice Prediction“ will be given by Cecilia Bitz (Atmospheric Science Department, University of Washington) who is going to review rapid advances in predicting skills of Arctic sea ice conditions since The Sea Ice Outlook began collecting and reporting predictions in 2008.

The focus of the subsequent Polar Prediction Workshop is on environmental prediction in the polar regions on subseasonal to interannual timescales, thereby helping to build a "seamless“ polar prediction community. As in previous years, sea ice prediction will play a central role. Desired outcomes include the compilation of recommendations for the 2017 Sea Ice Outlook season, as well as the stimulation of collaborations in the context of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP; mid-2017—mid-2019).

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

* Dirk Notz

* François Massonnet

* Leif Toudal Pedersen.

For the Polar Prediction Workshop 2017, we invite abstracts related to polar prediction topics such as:

* Predictability,

* Modelling, data assimilation, and forecasting,

* Observations,

* Verification, and

* User needs.

SIMIP workshop (March, 29th noon - March, 30th noon)

The SIMIP workshop (March, 29th noon - March, 30th noon) is devoted to discussions about the sea ice simulations from the upcoming CMIP6 experiments (SIMIP), with three distinct aims:

1. To discuss and define best practices for the evaluation of sea-ice simulations against observations
2. To identify and define new remote sensing and in situ sea ice observations that will allow for improved model evaluation and initialization
3. To discuss and coordinate the analysis of CMIP6 sea ice simulations for improved understanding of sea ice processes and improved sea ice projections.

The SIMIP workshop will primarily be a discussion meeting with a few invited presentations to set the scene. The SIMIP workshop is organized by the WCRP-CliC Sea ice and Climate Modeling Forum.


To register and/or submit an abstract, please use this online form for both workshops. Abstracts can be submitted only for the PPW 2017. Registration and abstract submission are open until the 30th of January.

There is some funding available to support early-career scientists. If you’d like to apply for early-career travel support, please indicate so in the online form.

Information on the venue and accomodation can be found here.

For any questions, please contact the PPP International Coordination Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Best wishes,

The Workshop Organisers

Helge Goessling

Cecilia Bitz

Ed Blanchard-Wrigglesworth

Ed Hawkins

John Fyfe

Alexandra Jahn

Dirk Notz

Kirstin Werner

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