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UArctic Congress 2018: Call for Session Proposals - Extended Deadline

UARCtic Congress.pngSession call extended! New deadline is October 15th

The science section of the UArctic Congress will start in Oulu Sept 5 and conclude in Helsinki on Sept 7, 2018.
The call for session proposals is still open
Extended deadline October 15, 2017: submission form.

The UArctic Congress is an integral part of Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, and open to the scientists, students, policy makers, businesses and all other interested stakeholders. The science section will focus on the themes and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

We welcome proposals for session sessions which can be comprised of different forms including dialogues and discussions. Any innovative or new ways of arranging sessions are welcomed. In general the sessions runs for 90 minutes and can have several conveners, however we need one designated primary convener who will also be the main contact person.

The themes of the science sections follow are:

  • Environmental protection
  • Connectivity
  • Meteorological cooperation
  • Education

Proposals are submitted ONLY via our online submission form. Please note that you will have to register to the system. The registration will allow you to go back to your submission and also to evaluate and accept/decline abstracts in the later stage if your session is accepted to the congress.

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Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders 2018

Arctic FrontiersYou are welcome to apply for the upcoming Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders 2018, - a pan-Arctic mentoring program in the High North - taking place 17 - 23 January.

30 selected candidates from different countries participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia. The program starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express “Hurtigruten” to Svolvær/Lofoten and ends in Tromsø, “the gateway to the Arctic”. The group may explore the marine resources and potential in the Lofoten Islands, and all participants will be challenged to engage in discussions and presentations during the program.

Emerging Leaders is organized by Arctic Frontiers.

The program is linked to the topic of Arctic Frontiers 2018 “Connecting the Arctic” and includes the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Politics and Security in the High North
  • Session 2: Annual topic: 2018: Connecting the Arctic
  • Session 3: Technology Development and Arctic Business
  • Session 4: Workshop, preparing a presentation

The 2018 topic will relate to marine litter, marine technology and knowledge based management.

The Emerging Leaders programme makes up a unique international network across academia, business and public sector. The participants takes part in a knowledge based Arctic journey that starts in Bodø with a visit to the Norwegian Aviation Museum and the Search and Rescue Headquarter via Lofotens fishing and aquaculture industries, and up to Arctic Frontiers international conference in Tromsø.
The participation fee is 30.000 NOK (mva not included) and covers all expenses related accommodation, food and transport.

Please, note that all applications should be sent asap and confirmed before 1 October 2017.

Registration is now open for the IASC-NAG Workshop on Arctic Glaciology & Proglacial Marine Ecosystems

IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology

Workshop on the Dynamics and Mass Budget of Arctic Glaciers & the IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology Annual Meeting

The meeting will take place at the popular University Center Obergurgl, in Obergurgl, Austria, 22 - 24 January, 2018.

The purpose of the meeting is:
• to present and discuss new results on observations and modeling of the dynamics and mass budget of Arctic glaciers, including the Greenland ice sheet,
• to provide a forum for glaciologists and marine biologists to present and discuss their work and to stimulate future collaborations,
• to plan and coordinate field work with the aim of using available infrastructure and logistics in the most efficient way.

The meeting is open to anyone interest in Arctic Glaciology. In particular, we encourage submissions that comply with one of two special themes:
(1) Understanding atmosphere-glacier-ocean interactions and their implications for the pan-Arctic glacier mass budget
(2) The importance of Arctic glaciers for the Arctic marine ecosystem

Please visit the website for details on the special sessions. Besides addressing classical topics on Arctic Glaciology, this year the workshop will host a cross-cutting activity of the Marine and Cryosphere working groups of IASC, with the aim to bring together people from glaciology, marine ecology and oceanography.

Contributions in the form of oral presentations and or posters are welcomed. Presentation will be 15-20 minutes, including discussion. For those who bring a poster, time will be reserved in the program to give a short 2-3 minute introduction to the poster. Three days of talks and poster presentations, as well as open-forum discussions are planned.

Registration deadline is November 10, 2017.

Abstracts and registration:
To sign up for the workshop and submit your abstract please copy-paste this link into your web browser:

If you have any questions, please email Thorben Dunse (thorben.dunse [at] Please indicate whether you prefer oral or poster presentation and if you like to contribute to one of the special sessions.

We have received workshop support through IASC and the IASC-Cryosphere Working Group. Depending on the number of participants, we may request a small registration fee (not more than 30 EUR), in order to ensure sufficient supply of coffee and other refreshments.

For more information on special themes, travel and financial support please visit the IASC-NAG website: web

Best regards,
Thorben Dunse (Chairman IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology)
Michael Kuhn (Chairman local organizing committee)

SCAR 2017 Fellowship awards announced

SCAR logo white backgroundThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is pleased to announce the 2017 Fellowship awardees.

This year, a total of 38 applications were received for the Fellowships, which are for up to US$15,000 each. Six SCAR Fellowships will be awarded in this round, thanks to the generous support of an extra Fellowship by India. The details for each of this years Fellows are listed below:

Leena Riekkola from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, who will visit the Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Seattle, USA, for her project entitled – Spatial analysis of humpback whale behaviour and habitat use patterns in Antarctica

Julie Janssens from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia, who will visit the Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN), France, for her project entitled – Representation of iron in a sea-ice biogeochemical model

Shramik Patil from the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), India, who will visit UPMC-CNRS Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, for his project entitled – Response of Southern Indian Ocean coccolithophores to climate change: evidence from laboratory culture experiments.

Shramik also becomes the third Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellow, funded from the Prix Biodiversite awarded to SCAR in 2013.

Hanne Nielsen from the University of Tasmania, Australia, who will visit KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, for her project entitled – Framing Antarctica as Fragile: Tracing the evolution of media narratives about the far south (1945 – 2015)

Antonio Aguera Garcia from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, who will visit the University of Otago, New Zealand, for his project entitled – Transgenerational Plasticity (TGP) and acclimation in a keystone Polar Invertebrate in response to a warmer more acidic Antarctic

Filip Hrbáček from the Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, who will visit Insubria University, Italy, for his project entitled – Effect of vegetation cover on active layer thermal regime in climatically contrasted environments of Antarctica.

SCAR has been offering scientific fellowships to early career scientists since 2005. The Fellowships support the scientific goals of SCAR, enabling the 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.

Since 2003, 56 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded.

Join the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

IACS logoThe International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) is now offering membership. Please join us to be eligible for our Early Career Prize, and for news about grants, symposia, and activities of our working and standing groups. Joining is simple and fast - visit our website for instructions.

We already have more than 150 members! For more information on the benefits of membership, see below.

We’ve also established an IACS Twitter site. Please follow us @iacscryo

Benefits of IACS membership:

  • you will receive regular information about IACS activities and opportunities.
  • you are eligible to engage in IACS activities and bodies, even if your country is not a member of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
  • you are eligible for IACS sponsorship and financial support for workshops, summer schools, and other IACS-sponsored activities
  • you are eligible for the IACS early-career scientist prize if you qualify as an early career scientist (see our website).

Your membership will also help to provide travel grants for early-career scientists and scientists from developing countries to attend IACS/IUGG symposia. The next IUGG General Assembly will be held in 2019 in Montreal, and cryospheric sciences will feature strongly there.

IGS Newsletter ICE 173-4 now online

Logo IGS newsletter, ICE, issue 173-4 is now online. This is a double issue as we had quite a lot of material to post and it will hopefully enable us to catch up.

It is freely available online at

We would like to draw your attention to the possibility of advertising in ICE which is published 3 times a year. If you are recruiting or would like to advertise meetings we can accommodate your requests. We will also accepts ads for equipment and merchandise. Our advertising rates are extremely competitive.

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ARCTOS WorkshopARCTOS invites PhD candidates to a student workshop offering an exciting program for early career scientists working on issues related to the Arctic. The workshop is taking place 21-31 January 2018 in conjunction with the Arctic Frontiers conference and continues afterwards in Svolvær, Lofoten. As part of the workshop, participants have to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference and give a presentation (oral or poster) during the science section of the conference (submit your abstract here).

After the conference, the students will embark on a 5-day seminar to Svolvær, Lofoten, during which they will attend 10-15 lectures covering proposal writing, political science, social science, marine ecology and climate, local art, and arctic entrepreneurship. Students will also prepare a proposal for funding to an imaginary research grant. During the workshop, there will be also some cultural events (visiting art gallery, museum, etc.). The workshop is multidisciplinary and thus suitable for students from all scientific fields.

One main goal of the workshop is networking. During the conference and workshop, students can meet politicians, business people and senior researchers as well as other early career scientists, which are all interested in Arctic issues. Together, the northern areas are facing possibilities and challenges related to the combination of climate change, globalization, and circumpolar problems such as oil and gas development, pollution, public health, reduced biodiversity and loss of habitats. An enormous challenge to handle. The idea behind this workshop is that the solution to the problems ahead lies in the synergy that emerges from international networks, cross-disciplinary cooperation and dialogue.

We offer travel funding for accepted candidates including accommodation during the stay in Tromsø and Svolvær. Candidates are eligible for a reduced conference fee. PhD students are prioritized but Master students and Post-docs may apply as well. The workshop is an official PhD level course (BIO-8516) at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø worth 4 ECTS (only PhD students can receive credits).

To apply, go to the ARCTOS homepage.

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Abstract fee waiver for POLAR 2018

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The organisers of POLAR 2018 are pleased to announce that a limited number of abstract fee waivers are available to help support participants to attend the conference. This is primarily intended for those who would otherwise struggle to attend e.g. early career scientists and those from low-income countries.


  • 24 September: Deadline to fill in the application form (before you submit through the conference website)
  • 25 September - 6 October: Review of applications by a committee comprised of representatives from SCAR, IASC and APECS
  • mid October: Successful applicants will receive a code with which they can proceed to submit their abstract free of charge
  • 1 November (18:00 CET): Abstract submission deadline

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Further details pertaining to abstract submission can be found here.

INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open!

TA INTERACTThe call for applications is open on 1st September-13th October 2017 for Transnational Access and Remote Access taking place between March 2018 and April 2019.

Further TA call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system can be found from the INTERACT website.

Two on-line webinars, on 11th Sept at 09:00 (CEST) and on 12th Sept at 15:00 (CEST), will be held to provide information about the ongoing TA Call and to answer questions related to the application process and TA/RA in general. Links to the webinars and related material are provided on the TA call information page.

For any additional information, please contact the Transnational Access coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela(at)

Apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research the coolest places of the North!

Abstract submission for POLAR2018 open!

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The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) invite the international polar and high altitude community to their joint meeting POLAR2018, hosted by WSL and SLF in Davos, Switzerland.

  • 1 September 2017 Abstract submission opens (session program)
  • 1 November 2017 Deadline abstract submission, early-bird registration opens
  • 31 December 2017 Side meeting requests close
  • 31 January 2018 Acceptance notification with oral/poster information
  • 19 - 23 June 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, including the COMNAP Symposium

The goal of POLAR2018 is to bring together excellent research from both poles, as well as from high altitude areas, focusing on the similar challenges those regions face. The program features 65 different sessions, structured into 12 categories. In addition to the parallel sessions, central elements of the Open Science Conference (OSC) will be keynote presentations, mini-symposia, extended poster sessions, and exhibitions. The annual COMNAP symposium will be held during the OSC, as well as a plenary lecture from the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit as an opening to this biennial summit immediately after the OSC. A range of excursions and trips will allow participants to make the most of coming to the Swiss Alps and enjoy science, nature, culture, and sports.

Authors wishing to submit an abstract are required to pay a submission fee of CHF 30 for each abstract. However, the organisers of POLAR 2018 are pleased to announce that a limited number of abstract fee waivers are available to help support participants to attend the conference. This is primarily intended for those who would otherwise struggle to attend e.g. early career scientists and those from low-income countries.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Davos in June 2018!

Polar Prediction Matters launched!

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In order to strengthen the dialogue between polar forecast providers and users, the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) together with partners APPLICATE and Blue-Action are today launching the Polar Prediction Matters dialogue platform:

Polar Prediction Matters

What kind of information is needed by the captain of a vessel navigating polar waters? Our knowledge of what really matters at the end of the forecast chain is rather limited. In order to strengthen the dialogue between polar forecast providers and users, the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) together with partners APPLICATE and Blue-Action are launching the Polar Prediction Matters dialogue platform.

Academic researchers and forecasters strive to develop and deliver polar environmental prediction products that can facilitate the decisions of those living and working in polar regions. What kind of information is needed by the captain of a vessel navigating polar waters, or by the pilot of an aircraft operating in Antarctica? Our knowledge of what really matters at the end of the forecast chain is rather limited. One important goal of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is to strengthen the dialogue between polar forecast providers and users, in order to guide research towards significantly improved and applied polar prediction capabilities in a way that is meaningful to the various stakeholder groups involved.

We are delighted to launch Polar Prediction Matters today at with the specific aim to foster the exchange between information users and experts on polar prediction. The platform is a means to collect and share individual insights by polar environmental forecast users. These user perspectives will be complemented with contributions by “providers”, such as natural scientists working at meteorological and sea-ice services and at universities, but also by social scientists trying to shed light on how forecast information and products are created, delivered, and utilised.

Polar Prediction Matters is launched with two short articles: The first contribution is a welcome statement by Helge Goessling, Director of the YOPP Coordination Office, introducing briefly the idea behind Polar Prediction Matters and what to expect from the format. In the second article, Uwe Pahl, who served as the master of a research icebreaker for almost two decades, provides his view on the role of environmental information in the practical planning and management of an ice passage. We hope these articles find your interest and provoke curiosity about forthcoming contributions.

Polar Prediction Matters is hosted by the Helmholtz Association Blogs and is maintained by the YOPP Coordination Office, the PPP-SERA subcommittee, and the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research consortia APPLICATE and Blue-Action. For any questions related to YOPP and Polar Prediction Matters, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Polar Prediction Matters Team

Postdoc position available at Arctic Portal

Postdoc position available in Iceland for highly qualified data management specialistArctic Portal logo

Arctic Portal, a non-profit organisation specialised in Arctic information and data located in Akureyri, Iceland, is looking for a highly qualified data management specialist to fill a postdoc position that will be available as of 1st September 2017 based on an INNOSUP grant.
The selected candidate will be asked to design a Proof of Concept (PoC) for a Beta version of an Arctic Data Management System (ADMS) – a system for interpreting and managing Arctic-related data and knowledge.

The ADMS will identify and retrieve Arctic-related data and knowledge from multiple databases, adapt it to a common international standardised format, and allow end users to retrieve data in a standardised format. The system will have state-of-the-art data intelligence tools, including a geographic information system (GIS), metadata catalogues, and tools to interpretation and visualise data. It will combine the highest level of technical and human elements to interpret data and provide end-users with the highest quality and most appropriate data solutions for their needs.

Tasks for the selected candidate will include:

  • Analysing user needs, including identifying potential data products;
  • Creating detailed specifications to improve the usability of data sets and web-based interfaces for workflow requirements of the scientific community;
  • Using statistical methods, modern scientific calculation and quality assessments for processing data and generating interactive maps;
  • Conducting expert feedback and usability tests to improve visualisations of data and put them into established standardised formats required by the scientific community;
  • Creating a missing link in interaction (conferences, publications, data management) between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the scientific community.

In addtion, the selected candidate will help the hosting organisation (Arctic Portal) to:

  • Position itself as a Data Management System hub for Arctic monitoring networks, Arctic interlinked data, analysis models and decision support tools;
  • Strengthen and improve the existing Global Terrestrial Network for Permafrost (GTN-P) Data Management System (DMS), located in Akureyri and designed by Arctic Portal;
  • Generalise and apply similar data management tools for other Global Monitoring Networks. The selected Innovation Associate will contribute to design the Proof of Concept - ADMS Beta version – and therefore contribute to the innovation strategy of the company.

The postdoc will work under the supervision of Arctic Portal's Data Manager, and will be supported by programmers, a web-developers, and a system administrator. The selected candidate will also work closely with the Executive Director and Project Manager.

The duration of the contract, which is financed under the EU Horizon 2020 Innovation Associate Grant, INNOSUP, is 12 months.
Start date: 1st September 2017; end date: 31st August 2018 with the possibility of extention.
Main research field: computer science, data management
Research profile: leading postdoc researcher

For more information, please contact Halldor Johannson by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone +354 461 2800.

Application deadline: open until filled.

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