Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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Partial Scholarships in Argentina 2018

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Onix Foundation is pleased to announce Partial Spanish Scholarships to attend in Córdoba a Super-intensive Spanish Language Course in January & July 2018. More than 600 students from around the world had the opportunity to study Spanish in Argentina since 2007. This unique program can help students to find an easy way to experience a wonderful international experience in America.

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The total cost with the partial scholarship of 2 weeks program with 60 hours of Spanish & Culture + activities + accommodation is 4.000 NOK.- Program

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Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme: Fifth Call is Now Open

Log EUThe Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme now invites applications for the fifth call of its project grants. The call for applications is open from 1st October 2017 to 28th February 2018.

The call is open for all 4 Priority Axes. However, Terms of Reference have been formulated encouraging applicants to address specific actions, target groups, and sectors. The Monitoring Committee will decide on Fifth Call applications on 13th June 2018.

Seminars on how to apply will be organized on 23rd November 2017 and 18th January 2018 at the office of the Joint Secretariat in Copenhagen and will cover areas such as budget and partnership as well as technical sessions. Registration for the seminars is also open from 1st October 2017.

To encourage the development of good quality applications, project idea holders are recommended to apply for a preparatory project. The preparatory project call is ongoing, which means that applications can be submitted at any time.

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Submit abstracts for AIC 2018 - Transportation Infrastructure Engineering in Cold Regions

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The ARTEK International Conference 2018 (May 1-3, 2018 in Sisimiut, Greenland) offers an opportunity for the industry, the public sector, the science community and other stakeholders to present, discuss and exchange ideas and experiences on how to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain transportation infrastructure in cold regions.

Communities in the Arctic and other cold regions are strongly dependent on well-functioning transportation infrastructure to sustain business opportunities, health and general well-being. For isolated communities (most coastal Arctic communities) regional or international travel and transportation must rely on air or sea transport. A harsh climate and unstable weather conditions impact constructions and make navigation challenging.

Faced with social and industrial changes, transportation infrastructure in these regions must be adapted to larger traffic loads and changing transportation patterns. At the same time, climate change impacts on permafrost and ground stability, sea ice distribution and properties, changing wave regimes etc., pose severe challenges to transportation infrastructure.

The topical sessions of the conference are:

  • Harbors and offshore constructions: Design, construction and operation of harbors and offshore structures. Ice and wave impacts on structures. Ice-induced vibration. Ice gouging, coastal erosion and sediment redistribution. Structural reliability in a changing climate.
  • Vessel and boat traffic in icy waters: Ice loads from sea ice and glacial ice. Design and strength of ships. Ship performance in ice, including ice resistance. Risk and safety. Regulations.
    Linear infrastructure: Roads, power- and pipelines, sewers. Design and maintenance issues. Technical adaptation solutions. Design and maintenance approaches in permafrost regions.
  • Airports and other large constructions: Airstrips and other large constructions on land. Site investigations and material properties. Design solutions and operating conditions. Design and maintenance approaches in permafrost regions.
  • Navigation, Positioning and Communication Systems: Maritime e-navigation. GNSS assisted take-off and landing procedures. Space weather impacts on navigation in the Arctic. Sea ice and iceberg warning systems. Surveying and geographical information systems.
  • Planning of physical infrastructure: Socioeconomic and sociotechnical impacts of transportation infrastructure, planning infrastructure networks, business opportunities related to infrastructure.

Deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2017.

For more information, see the AIC 2018 website.

Graduate course in the Arctic ABL

How to apply - UNISAGF-350 / 850
The Arctic Atmospheric Boundary Layer and Local Climate Processes (10 ECTS)

A graduate course entitled "The Arctic Atmospheric Boundary Layer and 
Local Climate Processes" will be available spring semester 2018 through
 The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). The course is intended for master's and PhD students, 
with general knowledge about meteorology.

The course covers themes relevant for the Arctic atmospheric boundary layer including theory of the boundary layer with special emphasis on the stable boundary layer. Amongst the covered topics are also boundary layer turbulence and topographically induced phenomena such as drainage flow, channeling effects and barrier flows. Air-sea-ice interactions are central to the Arctic climate and will be covered and related to e.g. heat fluxes over leads and polynyas.

The course will also include lessons on measurement techniques, numerical modelling and data analysis relevant for the mentioned topics in addition to a significant fieldwork component.

Application deadline: 15th October 2017.

For questions regarding the course content, please contact

Marius O. Jonassen

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For further information about the course or to apply, please go to: and

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Request for Input: Arctic Environmental Impact Assessment Questionnaire




The Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group requests participation in their questionnaire on good practice in environmental impact assessment (EIA) and public participation in the Arctic. Organizers seek examples of good practice from EIA projects undertaken across the Arctic circumpolar region.
The questionnaire will remain open until 31 October 2017.

The purpose of the questionnaire is to identify and collect good practices in order to share and refine them into good practice recommendations for how EIA should be conducted in the Arctic. The questionnaire is targeted to all EIA stakeholders, including Indigenous peoples, Arctic residents and communities, authorities, developers, consultants, non-governmental organizations, scholars, and any other interested participants.

Participants who would prefer to complete the questionnaire via telephone interview, rather than submit a written response, may contact the project coordinator, Päivi A. Karvinen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +358-50-308-0194).

Responses will be analyzed by the Arctic EIA project's Editorial group. Reporting of the results of the questionnaire will happen on a general level and will not be connected to the personal information of the respondent.

Input deadline: 31 October 2017

For more information and to participate in the questionnaire, go to: Questionnaire Webpage


Funding Opportunity and Informational Webinar: Environmental Research and Development U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) invite proposals for funding of environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Resiliency program area.

An informational webinar entitled SERDP Funding Opportunities will take place on Monday, 25 September 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. Preregistration for the webinar is required.

The Resource Conservation and Resiliency program area supports the development of the science, technologies, and methods needed to manage DoD's installation infrastructure in a sustainable way. SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development. The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.

SERDP is requesting proposals that respond to the following focused Statements of Need (SON) in Resource Conservation and Resiliency:

Analysis of Defense Related Ecosystem Services, and Quantifying the Effects of Environmental Nonstationarity at DoD Relevant Scales.
Proposals responding to these SONs will be selected through a competitive process. The SON and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website.

The informational will take place on Monday, 25 September 2017 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP solicitation, and the proposal submission process. Pre-registration for this webinar is required.

Webinar date: Monday, 25 September 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT
Webinar title: SERDP Funding Opportunities – FY 2018

Funding proposal deadline: 19 October 2017, 2:00 p.m. EDT

For more information about the webinar and to register, go to: SERDP Solicitations Webinar

For more information about the funding solicitation, go to: SERDP Solicitations

For questions about webinar registration, contact:
SERDP Support Office
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Phone: 571-372-6565

For questions about the solicitation, contact:
Kolin Beam
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USPA-PYRN Travel Grants available for AGU Fall Meeting

The U.S. Permafrost Association will be awarding six travel grants at a value of $500 each for U.S. based students and post-graduate researchers (within six years of their terminal degree) to attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2017. The applicant must be first author on a permafrost-related research presentation at AGU. Preference will be given to an applicant who possesses both USPA and PYRN memberships. Two of the grants are reserved for engineering disciplines. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

The application is due October 20th 2017 at midnight Central Standard Time.

The application can be found at

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Call For Abstracts: 6th International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN) Conference and Community Tour

IPTRN 2018 Call for AbstractsCall For Abstracts: 6th International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN) Conference and Community Tour, Yukon Territory, Canada, June 22-28, 2018

The 6th IPTRN conference – Creative Forces in the Polar Regions: Cultures, Economies, Innovations, and Change in Tourism – will follow the IPTRN community tour model. The conference will begin in Whitehorse and travel to several Yukon communities. In addition to papers and other presentations, participants will engage in community activities held in collaboration with local organisations and residents, and engage in a variety of Yukon visitor experiences.

The conference and community tour will engage participants by exploring and seeking solutions to polar tourism concerns and opportunities in relation to a variety of thematic areas, including: the cultural economy; economic diversification and community development; cultural and tourism entrepreneurship; social, cultural, and environmental impacts; tourism planning and development challenges and strategies; visitor experience innovations; and problem-solving in polar areas.

Past IPTRN conferences have examined economic development and environmental aspects of tourism in the polar world (see publication list at the end of this call). Papers presented at the 6th IPTRN conference are encouraged to explore how expectations toward tourism development in peripheral places contribute to the cultural wellbeing of peripheral communities and how cultural tourism can be managed to advance economic benefits, enhance our understanding of human/nature relationships, and protection of the natural environment.

To that end, the 6th IPTRN conference invites papers that examine:

  • Culture and cultural tourism, including policy
  • Parks, protected areas and cultural tourism
  • Winter tourism and cold weather cultures: attractions, visitors, opportunities and challenges
  • Indigenous culture and tourism
  • Community interactions with polar tourists
  • An inclusive Arctic – the role of arts, culture and tourism for demographic diversity (e.g., ethnic groups, the LGBTQ community)
  • Economic geographies of and innovation in polar tourism
  • The social and cultural construction of touristic polar places and spaces

While the conference has a specific focus, abstracts that examine any aspects of polar tourism are welcome.

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, should include full author(s) names and contact details, and should be submitted in Word format to the conference organisers via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than October 31, 2017. We welcome abstracts for oral, poster or other forms of presentation (e.g., creative output such as music or art work, researcher/community-oriented workshops). Please clearly indicate the type of abstract you are submitting. Abstracts will undergo an external review process, and authors will be informed of the decision by November 30, 2017. Participants presenting papers will be invited to submit an extended version for publication in a soon to be determined forum (e.g., peer review journal or edited volume).

Significant Dates:
Call for abstracts closes: October 31, 2017 – see Information for Students, below
Decision notification: November 30, 2017
Registration opens: January 1, 2018
Registration closes: February 28, 2018
Conference: June 22-28, 2018

NOTE: Delegates are encouraged to arrive in Yukon on June 21 and leave on June 29 to enjoy all aspects of the conference program, and to take advantage of the bus travel (included in the conference fee) from our final destination community back to Whitehorse on the evening of June 28th.

Registration Fee: Registration information and fees will be available on our website by December 1.

Information for Students: Students are an integral part of IPTRN conferences and we welcome your abstract submissions. We encourage you to apply for funding externally, and we are happy to help you with a support letter. IPTRN are also applying for funding to offer some support for student participation. If you are interested to apply for an IPTRN stipend include your student status and a 150 word justification for your attendance at the IPTRN (in Word). In order to be included in our external funding applications, interested students must submit by October 15, 2017.

Conference/Community Tour Highlights:

  • Intimate week sharing scholarship with colleagues from across the poles, and engaging with community residents, tourism operators, and development planners on polar tourism issues and opportunities
  • Begins in Whitehorse and travels to several Yukon communities
  • Follows the IPTRN conference model: paper and other presentation sessions, workshops/discussion forums, community tour around the host territory, and visitor experiences
  • Ends at the beginning of the one-week long, internationally recognized, Adäka First Nations Cultural festival (Whitehorse):

Interested in getting an “insider experience” of the Adäka festival? Through a partnership with the Adäka festival organizers (the Yukon First Nation Culture and Tourism Association), IPTRN will help pilot an international volunteer program and coordinate opportunities for conference participants to volunteer at the Adäka festival. There may also be lodging opportunities with locals in Whitehorse during the volunteer commitment period. Please indicate your potential interest to volunteer at the Adäka festival in the body of your email when you submit your abstract.

More Information:
For more information go to the conference website (, “like” our Facebook page (, and follow us on Twitter (

If you have any questions about the 6th IPTRN, please contact Dr. Patrick Brouder or Dr. Suzanne de la Barre via the conference email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alaska Summer School in Glaciology June 2018

The Fifth International Summer School in Glaciology organized by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), will be held in McCarthy, central Alaska, from 5 to 15 June 2018.

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the physics of glaciers and current research frontiers in glaciology with focus on quantitative glaciology and remote sensing. The course is open to 28 graduate students from around the world targeting primarily early stage PhD students who perform glacier-related research. It will be taught by faculty of UAF’s glaciology group and several invited guest instructors from outside Alaska. deadline: 20 January 2018

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Inuit Recognition Award and Northern Travel Fund

Bildschirmfoto 2017 09 19 um 15.10.44Nominations for the Inuit Recognition Award and the Northern Travel fund are due Friday October 6, 2017.

The focus of the Inuit Recognition Award is to recognize Inuit making strong contributions to meaningful Inuit involvement in Arctic research.

The Northern Travel Fund provides limited funding for Inuit to attend the International Arctic Change 2017 Conference.

We are calling on ArcticNet participants to nominate talented Inuit they have worked with or who would benefit from attending the AC2017.

For more information on the :

Northern Travel Fund, please visit
Inuit Recognition Award, please visit

Please send your nominations by Friday October 6, 2017 to:

Kendra Tagoona
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
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613-238-8181 x 239

1st Sentinel North International Arctic Field School

iafs_eng_facebook.jpgApplications for the first Sentinel North International Arctic Field School are now open. On the theme "The changing cryosphere: from sensors to decision-making", the school provides international students with a unique opportunity to interact with high-profile scientists, northerners and managers as part of a transdisciplinary training program that addresses the complex and interrelated scientific and socio-economic issues linked to the changing Arctic cryosphere.

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Applications are now open until October 29, 2017.

Contact APECS

APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Telegrafenberg A43
14473 Potsdam
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