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Announcing the Summer 2018 IGS Symposium, “Timescales and Processes of Glacier Dynamics”, held June 3-8 in Buffalo, NY.

The timescales of the evolution of continental-scale ice masses and the processes that drive them are research topics in an increasing number of scientific disciplines, including paleoclimate, biology, and hydrology, and glaciology. The 2018 IGS Symposium on glacier dynamics, presented in an interdisciplinary sense, will bring together these broad research themes. The meeting will address glacier dynamics through the lens of timescales (from subannual to millennial) and specific physical processes that drive glacier change, both of which require insights from multiple fields, such as glaciology, geology, paleoclimate.
Abstracts are solicited across five central themes:

  1. Physical processes that occur on a range of timescales relevant to glaciers and ice sheets, including long-term (~100 kyr) evolution of ice masses
  2. Comparison of the observational record to model output in order to attribute changes to specific processes
  3. Distinguishing natural variability from indications of glacier or ice-sheet instability
  4. Links between paleoclimate records (100–100,000 year timescales) and modern observations or models of glaciers and ice sheets
  5. Techniques for incorporating new physical processes into glacier, ice-sheet, or coupled-system models

The symposium will build on the thematic topics listed above through presentations that link paleoclimate research to modern glaciers and ice sheets. More information, including schedule, setting, and excursions, is available at

A special issue of Annals of Glaciology, themed “Timescales and Processes of Glacier Dynamics”, will accompany the conference.

Please submit your abstract at Abstract submission deadline is Monday, March 26.

NSF Arctic-FROST Annual Network Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop

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Collaboration among regional and local governments, Indigenous organizations and researchers in sustainable development in the Arctic

The Arctic-FROST research coordination network is pleased to announce the availability of travel awards for Early Career Researchers to attend The Fifth Arctic-FROST network meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop in Juneau, Alaska (USA) on September 18-22, 2018.

Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North is a new NSF-funded international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under changing climate conditions.nsf logo

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is on Community Sustainability in the Arctic. Papers could deal with (1) Indigenous and local communities and organizations approaches to sustainable development, (2) sustainable development within policy frameworks at regional and local levels, (3) models of collaboration between regional, local and Indigenous governing entities for sustainable development.

The main focus question of the conference is “What models of collaboration among researchers and regional and local governments and Indigenous organizations can lead to sustainable development in the Arctic?”

All participants:
(1) Will present their work at the Annual Meeting (all papers/presentations will be published online and considered for inclusion in the Arctic-FROST edited volume and/or in Polar Geography)
(2) Will participate in discussions and round tables with leading sustainability science researchers
(3) Will participate in the Workshop activities immediately following the Annual Meeting

Eligibility: an applicant shall be
(1) early career scholar (5 years since PhD) or current graduate student;
(2) Arctic-FROST network member by registering at
(3) prepared make an oral presentation on the subject related to sustainability and/or sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic regions at the meeting and
(4) available to participate in all conference and workshop activities.

We accept applications from eligible applicants from all countries, disciplines and institution types. Applications from Indigenous scholars and Arctic residents are especially encouraged.

Funding: Arctic-FROST will cover full cost of attendance including travel and accommodations normally up to $3,000. Typically funds will be paid after the travel is completed; based on the reimbursement claim. The participants will be expected to comply with NSF travel requirements.

Application Deadline: April 20th, 2018

Application: submit extended abstract of your paper (500-750 words), short biosketch (1 page), statement of interest in workshop participation (1 page), register as Arctic-FROST member at

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UN Call for Inputs on the "Impacts of rapid technological change on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals"

Please find attached a UN call for scientists, engineers, economists and policy analysts to contribute to a UN report on the impacts of rapid technological change on the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You may want to consider the following types of contributions focused on one or more of the questions listed in this announcement below:

  • Written, informal responses highlighting empirical evidence and your views grounded in the literature (peer-reviewed references and background papers); and/or
  • Short science-policy briefs comprising abstract, outline of empirical facts and issues, and policy recommendations. The briefs are limited to a maximum of 1600 words including tables and figures. Annexes are not included in the word count. Upon review and acceptance, the brief will be published.

We are looking forward to your submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., as soon as possible and hopefully no later than 29 March 2018. Late submissions will be considered, but please let us know as soon as possible what you plan to submit and by when. All contributors will be acknowledged and submitted ideas will be considered.

This work aims to focus on rapidly emerging technologies that progress so fast and have such broad-ranging socio-economic and environmental impacts so they pose serious challenges for institutions to adapt. Examples include - but are not necessarily limited to - highly interdependent, emerging technology clusters in the areas of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanomaterials, and various digital technologies. The present call is in follow-up to UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/72/242 on the “Impact of rapid technological change on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals” which requested the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism to present its findings, with an evidence-based approach, at its 3rd Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation” (New York, 5-6 June 2018). An Expert Group Meeting in Mexico city from 26 to 27 April 2018 will be a milestone in the process.

Please feel free to share the call with relevant scientists, engineers, economists and policy analysts – within your organizations and beyond, including younger scientists and research students.

Workshop Available: 2018 Data Science Training for Arctic Research

The Arctic Data Center invites applications for their 2018 Data Science Training for Arctic Research. This workshop will convene 13-17 August 2018 in Santa Barbara, California.

Arctic Data CenterThis five-day workshop will provide Arctic researchers with an overview of best practices in data management, training in data science tools, and concrete steps and methods for documenting and uploading data and metadata to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Arctic Data Center.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Arctic Data Center and NSF Standards and Policies;
  • Data management plans;
  • Effective data management for data preservation, including storing and preparing data in open source formats, stability, longevity, interoperability, and metadata;
  • Publishing data at the Arctic Data Center, including web-based submission and automating submission for large data sets;
  • Data and metadata quality; and
  • Provenance for data and software.

Space for this workshop is limited. Early career and established researchers from the Arctic research community are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must complete the online application form. The application form requests basic demographics in addition to a two-page curriculum vitae and information about research background and data science training and skills. Preference will be given to applicants who perform NSF-funded Arctic research.

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 30 March 2018

To apply, go to:
Workshop application form

For more information, go to:
Workshop homepage

Aktru Summer school 2018

Fifth International Summer School for Students and Young Scientists, 7-21 July 2018:

"Natural and human environment of Arctic and Alpine areas: relief, soils, permafrost, glaciers, biota and life style of native ethnic groups in a rapidly changing climate"

About the school: The Fifth International Research-Educational Summer School “Natural and human environment of Arctic and Alpine areas: relief, soils, permafrost, glaciers, biota and life style of native ethnic groups in a rapidly changing climate” will start in the cozy city of Tomsk. This famous cultural center has been named “the Siberian Cambridge”. There will be 2 days for the field excursion to the High Altai (1200 km South from Tomsk). This will cross different landscapes, such as south taiga, sub-taiga, forest-step, step, mountain taiga, mountain meadow, mountain tundra, glacial and periglacial areas. Participants will observe different geographical provinces, such as West-Siberian Plain, Piedmont Altai, North Altai, High Central Altai and High South-East Altai. All this will provide an opportunity to become acquainted with a great variety of landscapes, different types of reliefs and paleogeographical relics, well-expressed geological structures and evidences of earthquakes, amazing biodiversity in wild ecosystems, unique archaeological objects and the dynamic variety of nomadic populations. The main part of the School will be held at the Aktru Research Station of the National Research Tomsk State University. The Station was founded by M.V. Tronov, the distinguished scientist and Professor of the Tomsk State University, who is a founder of the Siberian Glaciological Scientific School. There will be various field excursions as well as lectures at the Station and in its surroundings.

The two-day journey back to Tomsk will repeat the trans-zonal excursions. Other interesting places will then be seen and elucidated in the lectures.

Please see the booklet or website for further information.


Call for Registration: Arctic Summer Institute - Arctic Law, Science, and Policy

Organizers invite registration for the 2018 Arctic Summer Institute titled Arctic Law, Science, and Policy. This pass/fail, two credit or Certificate of Completion course will take place 18-22 June 2018 in Portland, Maine.

The goal of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary knowledge base and the tools to practically and responsibly participate in Arctic affairs.

Climate models predict that within ten years the Arctic will be virtually ice-free for at least several weeks during the year and the pace appears to be accelerating. Abrupt climate change is producing Arctic warming and generating new shipping routes, business opportunities, and access to resources in ways that affect states, Indigenous peoples, the Arctic environment, and more. Effective participation in this new Arctic requires a unique combination of knowledge and skills.

Course topics will include:

  • Arctic scienceArctic Futures Institute
  • Law of the Sea,
  • Maritime shipping,
  • Geographic information systems,
  • Maritime history,
  • Indigenous peoples,
  • North Atlantic trade,
  • Governance and environmental Regulation,
  • Geopolitics and maritime security, and
  • Arctic Public Engagement.

Registration deadline: 15 May 2018

For more information, including how to register, go to:
Course homepage

For questions, contact:
Arctic Futures Institute
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IARPC Webinar Available: Narwhal - Revealing an Arctic Legend

Webinar date/time: Friday, 6 April 2018, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Collaborations invites attendance for a webinar titled Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend. This webinar will be held via Zoom Video Conferencing at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, 6 April 2018.

Webinar Summary:

In this webinar, a dentist and an archaeologist team up to reveal one of the least-known animals in the world, including the purpose of its mighty tooth. William Fitzhugh, Director of the Arctic Studies Center at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (SMNH) and Martin Nweeia, Dentist and Clinical instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, will guide attendees through Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend, both an exhibit at the SMNH and a companion book by Fitzhugh and Nweeia. In addition to an exhibit tour, the two will present collaborations between Inuit and scientific communities that are deepening our knowledge of the narwhal and revealing a picture of a changing Arctic.

For more information and instructions on how to join the webinar, go to:
IARPC Collaborations Webinar Series homepage

For questions, contact:
Jessica Rohde
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Phone: 206-931-0090

Ice Core Analysis and Techniques (ICAT) PhD school

ICAT organizers are happy to announce that they again will this year run the 2 ECTS points Ice Core Analysis and Techniques (ICAT) PhD school at the Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The PhD school will run between September 24-29th 2018.

ICAT aims to educate a new generation of ice core researchers and foster a collaborative environment for future glaciological projects. This course will educate young scientists regarding new methods developed for the analysis of ice cores with regard to climate research, with dedicated theoretical and laboratory exercise sessions.

They hope that you will help advertise this exciting PhD school to PhD students and junior postdocs who conduct ice core analysis or are users of ice core data (glaciological, oceanographic, climate modelers, earth scientists).

More information in the link: or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LECTURERS INCLUDE Margit Schwikowski, Carlo Barbante, Johannes Freitag, Thomas Blunier, Anders Svensson, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Christine Hvidberg, Paul Vallelonga, Mai Winstrup, Sune Olander Rasmussen, Bo Vinther, Helle Astrid Kjær, and more…

APPLICATION: Submit your application by June 1st 2018. You will be notified of the decision of the Selection Committee by July 1st, 2018. More on the application here:

REGISTRATION FEE: The course has a registration fee of 100 euro, which will cover lectures, excursion, social and lunches.

Opening of the 3rd Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships

Vignette_ENG-300x250[1].jpgUniversité Laval's Sentinel North program announces the opening of the third Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships competition, from March 1 to April 10, 2018.
These grants and fellowships aim to encourage the best candidates to undertake or pursue research activities within the Sentinel North research program in a transdisciplinary environment.
New this year, Master’s scholarships add up to the Ph.D. scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships already offered in previous competitions.
Candidates who stand out by the excellence of their academic record and the innovative and multidisciplinary potential of their research project are invited to submit their application.

Deadline to apply: April 10, 2018

Learn more about all Sentinel North training programs: and see the flyer. Follow Sentinel North on Facebook and Twitter

Marie-France Gévry, Training programs coordinator
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National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Signals in the Soil

nsf logoThe National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate, collaboration with the Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Geosciences directorates, has issued a “Dear Colleague” Letter (DCL) to encourage submission of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to conduct research related to technologies, models, and methods to better understand dynamic soil processes. It also encourages proposals that include topics relevant to both the DCL and the NSF "Rules of Life" Big Idea and submissions of Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE).

The DCL notes that soils “are the foundation of terrestrial ecosystems that support economic prosperity and provide services that are essential for humanity” and that “[e]xisting knowledge of dynamic changes in soils under the Earth's surface is hampered by lack of observation capabilities for widespread measurement of key variables over large areas and long periods of time.”

Researchers who are interested in submitting a SitS EAGER or RAISE proposal must first submit a SitS Research Concept Outline, as described in the DCL. Selected submitters of these Outlines will be invited to submit full EAGER or RAISE proposals for funding consideration.

Read the DCL in its entirety here:
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KOPRI Arctic Science Fellowship Program 2018

Related imageKOPRI is pleased to announce the initiation of the KOPRI Arctic Science Fellowship Program.

The Program is designed to promote research collaboration in the Arctic, and provide future generation scientist with networking and research opportunities. They invite prospective candidates to submit applications for the fellowship.

The 2018 Arctic Science Fellowship Program offers early career researchers from Arctic countries and researchers of Arctic indigenous heritage with an opportunity to cooperate with KOPRI scientists. The participants will be provided with a round-trip airfare, moderate living expenses, and accommodation at KOPRI guesthouse.

 Please refer to the announcement for further details of the program.

In order to be eligible, the candidate should be from an Arctic country, i.e. Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

 For any query or submission of the application, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application deadline: April 2, 2018

Call Open - 2018 Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship Award

logoThe call for proposals for the Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship award is now open. This grant, worth €150,000, offers an exceptional opportunity for a young scientist to carry out research in East Antarctica while operating out of zero emission Princess Elisabeth research station.

The Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship is a joint initiative of the Baillet Latour Fund and International Polar Foundation. This award aims to promote scientific excellence in Antarctica and underscores the crucial role polar science plays in furthering our understanding of the Earth and how it functions.

This fellowship is open to post-doctoral and doctoral researchers from any country in the world who are within 10 years of obtaining their PhD and working in one of four fields (1) atmospheric sciences (2) geology (3) glaciology and (4) microbiology (excluding marine).

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Deadline for applications is 15 May 2018.

Please feel free to contact the International Polar Foundation for any question about the award.

More information and how to apply, go to

Antarctica Fellowship Secretariat
International Polar Foundation
Fondation d'utilité Publique
42B, Rue des Veterinaires bte 1
B-1070 Brussels, Belgium
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