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Canada-Sweden Early Scientist Exchange Program

POLAR serves as a point of contact for the international polar research community for research opportunities in Canada's Arctic and to collaborate with Canadian researchers in the Antarctic. The Canada-Sweden Arctic Research Station Early Career Scientist Exchange Program is a pilot project that could develop into a program that promotes a longer-term exchange of ideas and information, and could be used as a model for other international partnerships. POLAR is committed to inspiring, motivating, and supporting students to continue their education and pursue a career in science and technology, which includes supporting the next generation of researchers.

Where: Canadian High Arctic Research Station and Abisko Scientific Research Station

Who can apply: PhD-students or scientists holding a PhD degree not older than five years, employed by a university or research organisation in Canada or Sweden

Included: Travel to each research station and accommodation are provided free of charge.

Deadline: February 15, 2018

For more information:
Call for Applications
(PDF version)

Application FormApplication Form
(PDF version)

See below for the main details about this award, and please check out the call on POLAR’s website for more information:
https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/canada-sweden-arctic-research-station-early-career-scientist-exchange-program.html

Reminder: PYRN Workshop in conjuction with EUCOP5 - June 2018 - Chamonix

Remind to apply for travel grant before January, 15th!!

pyrn smallThe PYRN (Permafrost Young Researcher Network) will organize a 2-day workshop June 23-24, 2018 at Chamonix (France), in conjunction with the EUCOP5 (European Conference on Permafrost). All permafrost young researchers (current students or early career, within 6 years after their PhD) are invited to attend the workshop. This workshop is entirely supported by sponsors (UFA, IPA, IASC, Petzl, Nunataryuk project, Lions club) and is free of charge for the participants! Affordable accommodations will also be available for PYRN members.

Furthermore, travel grants of up to 250 euros will be offered to a limited number of participants. To apply for a travel grant, please fill in the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/Kas7PySy2Uc1HV3M2. The deadline to submit a travel grant application is January 15, 2018. Travel grant recipients will be asked to submit a short video showcasing their research.

The workshop program is as follows:

Friday, June 22nd 2018: Welcoming ice-breaker

Saturday June, 23rd 2018: Introduction to PYRN activities by the PYRN ExCom, plenary lectures and breakout sessions lead by outstanding senior and junior scientists covering major permafrost topics, career planning, research perspectives, and soft-skills development.

Sunday June, 24th 2018: Local excursion lead by outstanding local researchers and land-planners to learn about environmental settings and land-planning issues in the Mont Blanc massif.

More details will be provided soon. Please, check for updates and submit your abstract on: https://eucop2018.sciencesconf.org/

All young researchers willing to participate to this workshop are invited to sign up to the PYRN: https://pyrn.arcticportal.org/join-us

Please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any inquiries regarding the PYRN activities at ECUOP5.

This is a great opportunity to meet each other, learn about permafrost sciences, and draw research perspectives together. We hope to see you in Chamonix next year!!

Florence Magnin,
on behalf of the PYRN ExCom

Polar Computing RCN: Call for Workshop Partnership & Funds

The NSF funded Polar Computing Research Coordination Network was tasked with analyzing opportunities and barrier in the uptake of high-performance & distributed computing in polar science. Specifically, the RCN was to:

  • Address why the polar sciences are poorly represented in the use of HPDC cyberinfrastructure,
  • Learn how the Polar Sciences were using and wished to use HPDC resources.
  • Explore how to ensure that plans and design for new and existing NSF-funded cyberinfrastructure efforts are cognizant of the needs of the Polar Science community, and
  • Understand how best to educate a new generation of polar scientists in the skills needed to realize the opportunities and potential of HPDC.

Having covered the core areas we proposed to NSF, we would like to engage and seek the broader community in determining the next areas of focus. We would like to offer $15,000 to host a domestic event (must be hosted in the US for US participants) to achieve these goals. We want to hear from YOU about how YOUR community could team up with the Polar Computing RCN to either expand or deepen our response to the charge detailed above.

Submit just a two-paragraph “proposal” to PI This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. describing your community, your proposed event, and how you would use the available funds.

Deadline for submission is 15 January 2018. More information on the RCN and past activities at http://polar-computing.org.

- Allen Pope

Call for Nominations - 2018 Tinker-Muse Prize

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Open for nominations until 14 March 2018


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 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 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 www.museprize.org.

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

Permafrost Comic released

A Frozen Ground Cartoon - An International Permafrost Association funded Action Group

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The outreach-related project aims at making permafrost science fun and accessible to children, their parents and teachers. With this project we wish to fill the gap between indigenous knowledge, complex scientific results and outreach to the general public.

How does a reindeer experience climate change? Can a turkey melt? And why is research in the Arctic better than holidays on the beach? Read more about it in a series of brand-new comics about permafrost. Two artists and twelve scientists provide a completely new perspective on the Arctic.

Get more Information and download the cartoons here: https://frozengroundcartoon.com.

 

 

Call for Community Input Arctic Observing Summit 2018




The Executive Organizing Committee for the Arctic Observing Summit 2018 is seeking input on the topics under discussion at the Summit in the form of brief statements. More details on the AOS process and specific guidance on input sought are provided below. The theme for the Summit is The Business Case for a pan-Arctic Observing System.

The AOS 2018 will focus on pressing issues in the implementation and support of sustained observations that can be addressed through a business-case lens. To that end, short submissions are requested that address any and all aspects of the overarching theme and sub-themes.

 For more detailed information on themes and submissions, please visit the AOS website.

Travel grant application PYRN Workshop at EUCOP5

pyrn smallThe PYRN (Permafrost Young Researcher Network) will organize a 2-day workshop June 23-24, 2018 at Chamonix (France), in conjunction with the EUCOP5 (European Conference on Permafrost). All permafrost young researchers (current students or early career, within 6 years after their PhD) are invited to attend the workshop. This workshop is entirely supported by sponsors (UFA, IPA, IASC, Petzl, Nunataryuk project, Lions club) and is free of charge for the participants! Affordable accommodations will also be available for PYRN members.

Furthermore, travel grants of up to 250 euros will be offered to a limited number of participants. To apply for a travel grant, please fill in the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/Kas7PySy2Uc1HV3M2. The deadline to submit a travel grant application is January 15, 2018. The extended deadline for abstract submission at EUCOP5 is 15th December. Travel grant recipients will be asked to submit a short video showcasing their research.

The workshop program is as follows:

Friday, June 22nd 2018: Welcoming ice-breaker

Saturday June, 23rd 2018: Introduction to PYRN activities by the PYRN ExCom, plenary lectures and breakout sessions lead by outstanding senior and junior scientists covering major permafrost topics, career planning, research perspectives, and soft-skills development.

Sunday June, 24th 2018: Local excursion lead by outstanding local researchers and land-planners to learn about environmental settings and land-planning issues in the Mont Blanc massif.

More details will be provided soon. Please, check for updates and submit your abstract on: https://eucop2018.sciencesconf.org/

All young researchers willing to participate to this workshop are invited to sign up to the PYRN: https://pyrn.arcticportal.org/join-us

Please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any inquiries regarding the PYRN activities at ECUOP5.

This is a great opportunity to meet each other, learn about permafrost sciences, and draw research perspectives together. We hope to see you in Chamonix next year!!

Florence Magnin,
on behalf of the PYRN ExCom

Call to host the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) International Project Office

CliC logoWCRP-logo-for-white-background.pngWCRP is soliciting offers to host the International Project Office for its Core Project CliC ("Climate and Cryosphere") from July 2018 onward, for a period of at least three years.

Prospective host institutions and sponsoring organizations are invited to download the full call for hosting the CliC IPO​ from: https://www.wcrp-climate.org/news/wcrp-news/1253-call-to-host-the-clic-international-project-office.

Letters of intent to host the CliC IPO should be sent by 31 January 2018 to Dr Mike Sparrow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). A brief, 1-page form for expressions of interest is included in the above-referenced document. General enquiries are likewise welcome at the same address.

Sea Ice Prediction Network South (SIPN South) invites contributors

The Sea Ice Prediction Network South (SIPN South) is inviting contributors to participate in the first coordinated sea ice prediction experiment in the Southern Ocean, targeting February 2018.

For more information about the project and submission guidelines, please follow this link:
http://www.elic.ucl.ac.be/users/fmasson/SIPNSouth_2018_call.pdf

We kindly draw your attention to the deadline for submission of the forecasts: 15th December 2017.
Questions or feedback may be directed to François Massonnet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We are looking forward to receiving your contribution,

The SIPN South Leadership team

Permafrost Research Priorities ranking survey - Deadline: 20 December 2017

ipa logoClic logo1The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process back in 2014 to seek your input on the definition of research priorities in the field of permafrost science. It is now time to collect your opinion on the relevance of the questions that were submitted.

You can access the survey on the ranking of permafrost research priorities under the following link. The survey will be accessible until December 20th, 2017:

http://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90050886/prp

The initial process was very successful and as many as 359 researchers from 37 countries submitted research questions. The respondents were primarily active in the field of geomorphology, ecology, engineering and infrastructure. 79% of them had a PhD and 53.8% of them had more than 10 years of experience in permafrost research.

The core group spent a considerable amount of hours to read the research questions and to come up with a consolidated list to submit for vote. The consolidation consisted in removing duplicate questions, merge questions with very similar foci, correcting the syntax and spelling of the questions and check that the questions answered the criteria put forward in the first phase of the process.

The result is a list of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Some questions will look very similar to each other, but the core group decided on listing the submitted research questions in a very inclusive manner and not to perform too much merging. This leads to more representativeness of the original questions, but also to a greater number of questions.

In the survey, the responders are invited to review the questions by category and can choose to review only one category or several (i.e. if you are an expert in more than one category, you have the possibility to vote in several of them). The research questions are then displayed randomly to avoid a potential bias linked to questionnaire structure. Each research question is evaluated with a grade going from 0 to 10.

The evaluation period will run until December 20th, 2017. The core group will then examine the answers and come up with a list of consolidated overarching questions reflecting the selection made by the respondents.

Please feel free to share this announcement and the link with any of your colleagues who you think may be interested. Questions can be directed to Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

It’s only with the generous help of individuals like you that this global community driven list of permafrost research priorities can be successful.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Early-Career Cryosphere Event at AGU

agu logoAre you a cryospheric scientist currently in school or within 10 years of your PhD? If so, we would like to invite you to the Early Career, Early Entry event at AGU. This event is designed to help our AGU Cryosphere early career members network with program managers, senior scientists, and their peers in an informal and relatively small setting.

The event is Tuesday, 12 December 2017 from 6:15-6:45 P.M. in the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), Second Floor, Room 295-296. After the event, everyone can walk over to the Cryosphere reception at Mardi Gras World and keep the party going!

Please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the event.

Thank you,
Ellyn Enderlin & Ryan Webb
Early Career Representatives
AGU Cryosphere Focus Group

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