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In our Polar and Alpine Community News we feature news from the many partners that APECS is working with, as well as other news from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources!  

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We keep only the news of the last 3 months on this page. Older news can be accessed in our Polar and Alpine News Archive

Alaska Glaciology Summer School

Glaciology graduate students,
A reminder of the upcoming application deadline for the Sixth International Summer School in Glaciology organized by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF)/Oslo University, which hopefully can be held in person in McCarthy, central Alaska, from 7 to 17 June 2022.
Application deadline: 15 January 2022

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: U.S. Representatives to SCAR (deadline 24 January)

The Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an international scientific organization that promotes and facilitates cooperation in Antarctic research and provides science advice to the Antarctic Treaty System.  The Polar Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine selects U.S. representatives to SCAR—including a Lead and Alternate Delegate, and members of the three Science Groups (Geosciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences). Current representatives are listed on the U.S. SCAR website.

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New Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026

IARPC LogoThe U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee has released the new Arctic Research Plan 2022–2026. Building on the successes and communities of practice of the 2017–2021 plan, the new Arctic Research Plan is a bold strategy for a changing Arctic. It outlines a vision for federal agencies to address emerging research questions about this vital region, and provides pathways to strengthen relationships between federal agencies and Indigenous communities, academia and non-federal researchers, the state of Alaska, nonprofits, and private sector and international organizations.

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"Enhancing International Scientific Cooperation: Arctic Science and Technology Advice with Ministries"

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School and Polar Cooperation Research Center at Kobe University will collaborate on a project supported by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Consulate-General of Japan in Boston on Enhancing International Scientific Cooperation: Arctic Science and Technology Advice with Ministries.

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University of Maine at Fort Kent launches new Arctic Studies program

The University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK) is pleased to announce the creation of a new Arctic Studies Minor within the Arts & Sciences degree programs.

“We are excited to offer this new academic minor in Arctic Studies for students in Maine and beyond that connects with the University of Maine Arctic Initiative," said Dr. Kaisa Holloway Cripps, assistant professor of business at UMFK. "The environment, security, and economic stability of the Arctic is a strategic imperative for both the globe and the state of Maine,” added Dr. Michael Curran, assistant professor of business at UMFK.

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Reminder: Sign up for the IARPC Collaborations Mentorship Program by Friday 7 January

IARPC LogoIARPC Collaborations brings together individuals from a variety of disciplines, knowledge systems, career paths, and career stages around the shared goal of improving collaboration in Arctic science and research. The IARPC Collaborations Mentorship Program draws on this community to provide mentoring opportunities from a variety of career stages and paths within the Arctic research community. It brings together small groups of researchers and other professionals to discuss career opportunities and issues, learn from and support one another, and grow together.

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2022 ICESat-2 Hackweek Applications Now Open

469 eScience Institute 2022 ICESat 2 HackweekWe invite you to apply to participate in the ICESat-2 Hackweek, March 21-25, 2022, hosted with the opportunity to attend either virtually or in person by the University of Washington's eScience Institute in partnership with the NASA ICESat-2 community. Visit our website for details on how to apply.

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PYRN Short Course

pyrn smallPermafrost scientists and engineers!

Are you interested in learning more about each other’s disciplines? Then follow up and rewatch our PYRN Short course on Youtube. This 5 week course was filled with lecture content followed by questions from the audience, and during the last week, all of our panelists joined together to have an interactive discussion on how permafrost scientists and engineers can work together, and identify a strong path forward.

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New Antarctic Tourism Action Group approved

SCAR logo white backgroundThe Antarctic Tourism Action Group (Ant-TAG) was approved at the SC-HASS Business Meeting in November 2021. Ant-TAG provides an umbrella under which researchers and practitioners can make new connections, become aware of other existing projects, and pool existing expertise in order to make the most accurate and up-to-date recommendations relating to the practice of tourism in the region.

The group is planning a number of activities organised into six sub-groups and invites input from the SCAR community.

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