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First circular for the IGS Winnipeg 2019 symposium

Winnipeg symposium logoThe first circular for the 'International Symposium on Sea Ice at the Interface', due to be held 18–23 August 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is now online.

The IGS Sea Ice symposium is usually very popular and we are expecting many delegates. To help us in planning for the meeting and ensure all the logistics are ready we ask you to PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST. That will give us an idea of the number of attendees. And that way you'll receive all communications relating to the symposium. So please go to and register your interest to attend.

You can access the first circular at the same location.

SCAR webinar, May 24th: seeking your input on international collaboration in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research

SCAR logo white backgroundThe Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an international, interdisciplinary body that brings together scientists from around the world for information sharing and research collaboration [details here:]. A key mechanism of SCAR’s work is the suite of “Scientific Research Programs” that are established for fixed periods of time (typically 6-8 years) to catalyze and organize collaborations around particular topics deemed of critical importance by the scientific community. [See the current list of SRPs here: ]. The current suite of Programs are nearing the end of their designated lifetimes, and a next generation of Programs are now being explored. These will be actively discussed at the 2018 SCAR meetings ( ), and final choices will be voted on at the 2020 SCAR meetings. Right now is a key window for helping to shape and steer these choices, and your input to this process is most welcome.

On May 24th at 1:00-2:30 pm edt, we will hold webinar [hosted by some leading U.S. representatives to SCAR: Terry Wilson, Deneb Karentz, David Bromwich] to discuss this program development opportunity and the ways that you can best contribute to this process.

You are encouraged to join us for this discussion, and can register through following link:

If you are interested in this topic but not available on the 24th, we do hope to record the webinar and make it available for viewing at a later date (details TBD). And if you are already quite familiar with SCAR and the SRP process, and would like to go ahead and contribute your suggestions on this matter, you can do so at the following site:

Feel free to share this invitation with others who you think may be interested, especially students and early career scientists.


Call for Abstracts: Arctic Observing Summit 2018

Organizers invite poster abstracts for the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit (AOS). This conference will convene 24-26 June 2018, immediately following POLAR 2018, in Davos, Switzerland.

The Arctic Observing Summit is a biennial event, designed to bring together those interested, to advance the design, implementation, coordination, and long-term operation of an international network of Arctic observing systems.

Abstracts are invited for poster presentations that highlight important issues and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas to design, build, implement, expand, and provide long-term support for an international Arctic observing systems network.

Ideally, poster presentations should focus on these key themes selected for the upcoming AOS, but other topics that are relevant for AOS are welcome.

Themes include:

Theme 1: The Business Case for a pan-Arctic Observing System,
Sub-Theme 1: The need for the Observing System,
Sub-Theme 2: Implementing and optimizing a pan-Arctic Observing System,
Sub-Theme 3: Operating Observing Systems and Networks, and
Other: Email organizers to discuss other topics prior to submission to ensure inclusion in AOS 2018

Abstract Submission deadline: 30 May 2018

For more information about the conference, go to:
AOS 2018 homepage

For more information about themes, go to:
AOS 2018 theme and sub-themes

For more information about abstracts and to submit a poster abstract, do to:
Poster abstracts submission form

For questions, contact:
Ravi Darwin Sankar
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Maribeth Murray
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Lunch Panel at POLAR2018: Women’s Perspectives in Polar Research

POLAR2018Panel Discussion: From Entering the Field to Taking the Helm,
Perspectives of Women in Polar Research

In Coordination with POLAR2018
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 | 12:30-2:00 pm
Room C Aspen, Congress Centre Davos

More Information & Online Registration

This lunch panel discussion, with complimentary bag lunch, will explore the accomplishments, challenges, quality of work experiences, insights, recommendations, and prospects for women in polar research. Panelist perspectives will range across career levels, identities, professional specialties, and poles of interest. Topics on the agenda include achieving inclusivity in polar research, opportunities for networking and mentorship, and how inclusivity influences the quality of polar research and research experiences. The panelists will reflect upon ways to support women in polar research now and in the future.

Participation will be limited to the first 275 registrants. All POLAR2018 attendees are welcome and registration is required.

Organizers of the event are Sandy Starkweather (U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Renuka Badhe (European Polar Board), Sara Bowden (Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee), and IASC.

For questions, please contact:
Sandy Starkweather or
Meredith LaValley

Sponsors include the International Arctic Science Committee, Tinker Muse Prize, Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, United States Arctic Research Commission International Association of Cryospheric Sciences, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, and an anonymous private donor.

Call to host the WCRP International Project Office for the Climate and Cryosphere

Clic logo1The World Climate Research Programme is soliciting offers to host an International Project Office (IPO) to coordinate its cryospheric activities from 1st January 2019 onward.

Prospective host institutions and sponsoring organizations are invited to view and download the full call for hosting the CliC IPO from

Letters of intent to host the CliC IPO should be sent to Dr Mike Sparrow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 1st September 2018.

Thank you and with best regards,
Gwenaelle on behalf of the CliC IPO

Background information:
The Climate and Cryosphere Core Project (CliC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) serves as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interaction with the broader climate system.

All WCRP IPOs, including CliC, will play a paramount role in refining and implementing WCRP’s upcoming 2019-2029 strategy, including their own strategic contributions to the programme.

CliC activities have resulted in a wealth of cutting-edge research, valuable data products, and innovative use of models to project changes in the Polar Regions and other frozen areas globally.

Past host institutions of the CliC office have consistently benefited from elevated international exposure as well as increased leverage in national and international funding and partnership opportunities. The CliC International Project Office can act as a focus for cryosphere research in its host institution and country and through its network, infrastructure and expertise, can facilitate international research collaboration.

Call for Webinar Registration: Arctic Research Seminar Series - Arctic Indigenous Scholars Program

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Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) & Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska
Date/Time: Wednesday, 23 May from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET

Speakers: Rosemary Ahtuangaruak & Theresa Arevgaq John

Seminar Title: Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections: Perspectives from Rosemary Ahtuangaruak of Nuiqsut, Alaska and Theresa Arevgaq John of Nelson Island, Alaska

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) and Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska will host a joint seminar by Rosemary Ahtuangaruak and Theresa Arevgaq John as part of the 2018 Arctic Indigenous Scholars program. The event will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office at 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET.

This seminar will be available as a webinar live-stream for those unable to attend in person.

Registration is required for this event.

To register for the event, go to:
ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series homepage

The Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections program creates a space for Indigenous scholars to educate and inform policy- and decision-makers engaged in Arctic Issues while visiting Washington, D.C. and provides a platform for traditional knowledge holders to share their expertise with the wider Arctic research community.

This joint Arctic research seminar & webinar will feature presentations by each of the 2018 Arctic Indigenous Scholars:

  • Rosemary Ahtuangaruak is an Inupiaq activist. Rosemary is a graduate of the University of Washington Medex Northwest Physician Assistant Program. She has fought tirelessly for the health and protection of her people and of the Arctic’s unparalleled wilderness that has sustained her culture for thousands of years. Rosemary is a former mayor of Nuiqsut and currently serves on the board of the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, the regional tribal government for the North Slope, and is an executive council member of the Alaska Inter–Tribal Council. She received the 2009 Voice of the Wild Award from the Alaska Wilderness League and is a founding board member of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands).
  • Theresa Arevgaq John is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cross-cultural Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Theresa has authored numerous academic articles and a co-author of a book, Yupiit Yuraryarait: Yup’ik Ways of Dancing, and has presented her work at dozens of local, national, and international professional conferences. She currently serves on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education and the International Indigenous Women’s Forum, and is a former member of the Alaskan State Council Arts and the former Chair of the Traditional Native Arts Panel. She is also the recipient of the Governor's Distinguished Humanities Educator Award and Alaska State Library Award. Theresa received her B.S., M.Ed., and Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
    This 1.5 hour event is a brown-bag lunch that will be held in the ARCUS D.C. office (1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. Fourth Floor). Cookies and beverages will be provided.

A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person. Instructions for accessing the event online will be sent to “Webinar Only” registrants.

For those of you on Twitter, we also invite you to join us in live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #ARCUSwebinar.

For more information about the Arctic Indigenous Scholars program, go to:
Arctic Indigenous Scholars homepage


For questions about the Arctic Indigenous Scholars Program, contact:
Lisa Sheffield Guy
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For questions about the Arctic Research Seminar Series, contact:
Brit Myers
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Update + Reminder: 15th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium, Potsdam, September 10-14, 2018

AWI and USGS, with support from GFZ and the University of Potsdam, are jointly organizing the 15th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium (ICRSS) in Potsdam, Germany, from September 10-14, 2018. The theme of the 15th ICRSS is "Polar Regions in Transformation - Climatic Change and Anthropogenic Pressures". 
Hosted by AWI
The abstract deadline has been extended and the submission portal is still open.

NEW: Abstracts Due Date Extended to 31 May 2018

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NEW: Confirmed keynote speakers so far:

· Charles Miller, NASA / JPL: Deputy Science Lead, Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)
· Tobias Bolch, University of Zurich, Switzerland: Leader of the research group "Mountain Cryosphere"
· Martha Raynolds, University of Alaska Fairbanks: Research Associate in the Alaska Geobotany Center
· Thomas Krumpen, Alfred Wegener Institute: Research Associate in the Sea Ice Physics Group

 NEW: Updated Scientific Program and Event Outline:

• Conference Website:

Conference Focus: Earth's Polar Regions feature cold-climate environments characterized by unique landscapes, biota, and processes. Many of these features and dynamics are Cryosphere-driven and either are already subject to or have the potential for fundamental and rapid changes in a warming world. Earth observation technologies provide crucial tools to understand and quantify these changes. This symposium deals specifically with remote sensing applications in the polar environments, both Arctic and Antarctic as well as the third pole (high mountain regions).

We are looking forward to seeing you at the symposium,
Guido Grosse (AWI, Chair) & Ben Jones (USGS, Co-Chair)

Call for Public Review and Discussion: AOS 2018 Statements

Executive members of the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) seek public review of short statements for the AOS2018.

Executive members of the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) invite public review and discussion of short statements submitted for the AOS2018 conference, to convene 24-26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland.

In preparation for the Arctic Observing Summit 2018, executive members of AOS invited community input in the form of short statements and poster presentations. Articles have been submitted for public review and discussion.

Thematic Working Groups have been preparing synthesis documents to report on the state of Arctic observing under each theme, and to identify linkages among themes, remaining gaps, needs and priorities, and to generate discussion around solutions, implementation, community engagement, and international cooperation.

For more information and to download the short statements, go to:
Statements for public review

For questions, contact:
Ravi Darwin Sankar
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Phone: 403-220-5775

Maribeth Murray
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EOI to join Ice Core Young Scientists committee

Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) is seeking expressions of interest to join the committee.

ICYS is an informal, international network of early career scientists dedicated to the study of polar and alpine ice cores and ice core-related sciences.
Our purpose is to foster personal connections among young scientists from around the world, in order to build a supportive ice core science community and to inspire future collaborations.

More information can be found at our homepage and Facebook page

Please send your EOI to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best wishes
ICYS Organizing Committee

2018 SCAR Medal for Education and Communication Awarded

SCAR Medal James McClintock ProfileThe 2018 SCAR Medal for Education and Communication has been awarded to James McClintock, Professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA, for his important research and educational efforts with their emphasis on Antarctic climate change and impacts on a unique marine biology. The award also acknowledges their focus on increasing awareness of the uniqueness of Antarctica, the protection of its ecosystems, and the inherent value of sustaining it. These represent a sustained commitment to communicating the understanding of Antarctic issues to both his peers and to the general public.

After receiving the news about his award, James commented "I am both honored and thrilled to have been selected for the inaugural SCAR Medal for Education and Communication. This recognition is not only personally rewarding, but will further enhance opportunities for me to speak and write widely on the uniqueness of Antarctica, the importance of protecting its diverse marine ecosystems, and especially its capacity to focus public attention on the global issue of anthropogenic climate change."
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The SCAR Medal for Education and Communication is awarded for the first time in 2018. It acknowledges excellence or innovation in, and sustained commitment to, (a) communicating Antarctic research, (b) making a significant contribution to educating the next generation of Antarctic researchers, or (c) contributing to building new capacity in SCAR member countries. Nominees have a significant record of achievement in terms of the quality, effectiveness and creativity of their engagement in one or more of these three key areas of education and communication.

Professor McClintock's application, led by Charles Amsler, was approved by the SCAR Executive Committee. The medal will be awarded at the XXXV SCAR Meeting, during the Polar2018 Conference Dinner in Davos on the 21st of June 2018.

For more information on SCAR Medals, please see

Please join us in celebrating the important contributions of Professor James McClintock.

Best presentation PYRN award at EUCOP 2018

Permafrost Young Researchers NetworkPYRN awards to the best poster and the best oral presentation of young scientists presenting their research during EUCOP 2018. Sign up for evaluation no later than June 01.

The permafrost young researcher network (PYRN) will honor the best poster and the best oral presentation of young scientists presenting their research during the 5th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2018) in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. We strongly encourage all young researchers (up to 6 years after completing the PhD) to sign up for evaluation using the following link:

Please make sure to signalize that you are running for the PYRN award by placing the “running for the PYRN award” logo (found in the registration form online) on your poster header/title slide of your presentation.

PYRN and the EUCOP 2018 local organizing committee

Call for Input for POLAR’s 2020 to 2025 Research Plan and Strategic Plan

Bildschirmfoto 2018-05-15 um 12.56.15.pngPolar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is a Government of Canada agency that is seeking your input to inform our next 5-year Research Plan and broader agency-wide Strategic Plan. This is your opportunity to provide input that will help guide POLAR’s future funding, programs and activities over a 5-year period beginning in 2020. You can find out more about the development of these Plans here.

We want input from you! This Call for Input is open until May 31, 2018.
You can participate online via the following links:

If you prefer to complete this Call for Input by fax or mail, please send a message to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us by phone at 613-943-8605.

We encourage you to forward this message to others who may be interested in providing input.

About Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR):
POLAR is a Government of Canada agency with a mandate to advance knowledge of Canada’s North, strengthen Canada’s leadership on polar research and related issues, and provide a research hub at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. You can find out more about POLAR and the work that we do here.

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