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Call for applications: 2nd Sentinel North International PhD School

bandeau_ANG_facebook_ecole_artique.jpgSentinel North International PhD School: Shedding Light on Arctic Marine Ecosystem Services, July 12 to 24, 2018, Baffin Bay (Nunavut), Canada

Under the leadership of the Sentinel North program of Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), the International Ph.D. School (IPS) provides international students with a unique opportunity to interact with high-profile scientists as part of a transdisciplinary and highly technological training program aiming to demystify the role of light in driving arctic marine food webs, ecosystems services, and human health in the North.

Taking place on board the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen deployed in Baffin Bay and the Fjords of Baffin Island, Nunavut (Canada), the Sentinel North International PhD School is a unique opportunity to participate in an ocean research program focusing on the links between light, marine ecosystem services and health in the North.

Participants will experience an exceptional transdisciplinary training, in close interaction with top scientists, in an highly technological environment.

Bringing together a wide range of disciplines such as optics, physical and biological oceanography, biochemistry and remote sensing, the school will focus on the following themes:
- The fundamental role of light in marine ecosystems
- The potential of light for the study of the changing Arctic
- Light-driven processes and Arctic marine ecosystem services

We encourage graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of all relevant fields of research to seize this opportunity.
The deadline to submit your application to the Sentinel North International PhD School is January 28, 2018.

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Funding for Arctic System Change Workshop

Early career scientists (graduate students and individuals within 4 years of their PhD) are invited to apply for funding to attend an Arctic system change workshop at the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado from April 9-12, 2018.

The application deadline is January 14, 2018.

The workshop will address the natural and anthropogenic drivers of Arctic environmental change. This will include a system-wide perspective on the changing Arctic environment, the influence of local and remote controls, and the importance of coupled interactions. A primary goal of the workshop is to provide new insights on how to better integrate observing and modeling approaches to enhance understanding of Arctic system change. The meeting will include participants from the atmospheric, terrestrial, land ice, sea ice, and oceanographic communities.

To apply for early career scientist funded travel, please fill out the form at:

Workshop on Antarctic Surface Hydrology and Future Ice-shelf Stability

nsf logoWorkshop on Antarctic Surface Hydrology and Future Ice-shelf Stability at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, New York, on February 21st to 23rd, 2018.

A number of research groups are currently examining processes related to coupling between surface meltwater production and future Antarctic ice loss. Recent studies have suggested that surface hydrological systems in Antarctica may expand and proliferate this century. Meanwhile, numerical models of the Antarctic Ice Sheet that incorporate meltwater's impact on ice shelves, predict Antarctic contributions of up to a meter of global sea-level rise this century in response to atmospheric warming.

Given the emerging interest in surface hydrology, ice-shelf stability and future sea-level rise, it is vital for the scientific community to come together to identify and address critical knowledge gaps in this field.

This workshop will bring together scientists with expertise in ice-sheet dynamics, glacial hydrology, climatology and other disciplines in order to move the community towards answering several fundamental questions raised by observations of Antarctic surface hydrological processes.

These could include:

What climate dynamics are responsible for surface meltwater generation in Antarctica?
What controls the spatiotemporal distribution of meltwater ponds on Antarctic ice shelves?
Where is meltwater generated, where does it pond today and how will this change this century?
What controls the movement of water across the ice surface and into the sub-surface of Antarctic ice shelves?
How will meltwater impact the stability of ice shelves this century?

Specifically we aim to:
(1) Establish the state-of-the-science of Antarctic surface hydrology,
(2) Identify key research questions and future priorities in this field, and
(3) Facilitate collaborations

The workshop will consist of short science talks, poster sessions and group discussions on various topics within this broad field. Oral and poster presentations could report modelling studies, remote sensing, fieldwork, laboratory experiments related to any aspect of the dynamics of Antarctic surface meltwater and ice shelves.

If you would like to attend please email abstracts (300 word limit), including affiliation information to Frances Simpson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by December 18th. Attendance is limited to around 30 people, so if necessary, abstracts will be chosen by the organizing committee based on scientific relevance and diversity, and maximizing gender, geographic and career-stage diversity..

We are very keen to encourage the participation of early-career scientists and under-represented groups of scientists! We have NSF funding to support travel for a limited number of US-based attendees. This funding will be distributed on the basis of need, the potential benefit to early-career scientists and the scientific and diversity considerations listed above. Sorry, only US-based applicants are eligible for travel support.

If you would like to apply for travel support, please include in your application (in addition to your abstract) a separate statement including the length of time since obtaining your last degree, a description of your need for funding and the potential benefit to you that attending this workshop could bring (300 word limit).

Please feel free to contact any of the organizing committee for more details before submitting.

Yours sincerely,

The organizing committee:
Jonathan Kingslake Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Luke Trusel Rowan University (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Marco Tedesco Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Robin Bell Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Indrani Das Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Rob DeConto University of Massachusetts
Christian Schoof University of British Columbia
Alison Banwell University of Cambridge
Jan Lenaerts University of Colorado

Invitation to High North Dialogue Conference 2018

HND18 Growth in the ArcticWe have the pleasure of inviting you to the High North Dialogue Conference, which takes place in Bodø, Norway, April 18–19, 2018.

The annual High North Dialogue conference gathers experts and stakeholders from a wide range of sectors and has a strong focus on business development and economic growth in the High North. The fact that the conference provides a platform to interact with young academics and professionals with an interest in the Arctic is one aspect that past participants have highlighted as especially useful. The conference coincides with week-long Master and PhD courses that gather more than 120 graduate students from Norway, Russia, China, and many other countries.

The theme of the conference in 2018 is Growth in the Arctic. We will explore topics such as High North scenarios, maritime waste and the regional dimension of development. Business leaders and entrepreneurs will share their thoughts and know-how on how the enormous business potential in the Arctic can be utilized. For the third consecutive year, we present the High North Hero Award to a person or an organization that has contributed to highlighting the importance of the High North. We invite everyone to nominate candidates.

We would also like to invite you to take part in our research workshop on Tuesday April 17, connecting scholars across academic fields to discuss various aspects of growth in the Arctic.

For more information about the conference, please refer to our website at

Call for Applications: The Branco Weiss Fellowship

The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science is a unique postdoc program. It awards young researchers around the world with a generous personal research grant, giving them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose anywhere in the world, for up to five years.

The fellowship is designed for postdocs at home in sciences, engineering and social sciences who are willing to engage in a dialogue on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of their particular discipline. Fellows are free to choose their host institution among the top universities worldwide. Once a year in November a symposium takes place'at ETH Zurich to bring together allfellows.

The fellowship program was initiated and financed by the Swiss entrepreneur Dr. Branco Weiss, who passed away in October 2010. The program is based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). The current call for applications ends on January 15, 2018.

lf you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact the communications team of The Branco
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Webinar Available: IARPC Collaborations Webinar on High-Resolution Arctic Models


Webinar date: Thursday, 30 November 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Modeling Sub-team will host a webinar on High-Resolution Arctic Models. The webinar will be hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing and is open to the public.

This webinar will include three presentations. Eric Chassignet, Florida State University, will focus on the ocean models; Steve Cavallo, University of Oklahoma, will focus on atmosphere modeling; and Wieslaw Maslowski, Naval Postgraduate School, will focus on the coupled system models.

For more information and instructions on connecting to the webinar, go to:
Webinar homepage

For questions, contact:
Emily Osbourne
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NSF Program Solicitation for Proposals: Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites Letters of Intent and proposals for the Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI) program.

The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America's prosperity, health and infrastructure. The program will address engineering problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams. The program will support fundamental research that may lead to disruptive technologies and methods, lay the foundation for new and strengthened industries, enable improvements in quality of life, or re-imagine and revitalize the built environment.

The LEAP HI proposals must articulate a fundamental research problem with compelling intellectual challenge and significant societal impact, particularly on economic competitiveness, quality of life, public health, or essential infrastructure, such as described in the Navigating the New Arctic, one on NSFs 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments.

One or more Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) core topics must be central to the proposal, and integration of disciplinary expertise not typically engaged in CMMI-funded projects is encouraged. Proposals should demonstrate the need for a sustained research effort by an integrated, interdisciplinary team.

These projects will involve collaborating investigators, of duration up to five years, with total budget between $1 million and $2 million. Proposals should include a research integration plan and timeline for research activities.

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges: Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the U.S. acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Letter of Intent deadlines: 15 December 2017 and 16 July 2018
Full proposal deadliness: 5-20 February 2018 and 1-17 September 2018

To view the full program solicitation and proposal guidelines, go to:
View NSF Program Solicitation

Reports Available: IARPC Annual Reports for 2017


The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) announces the availability of their 2017 Performance Element Reporting Logs. IARPC reports on activity related to their Arctic Research Plan annually to Federal agencies and biennially to Congress.

IARPC has just completed the first year of the five-year Arctic Research Plan FY2017-2021. Implementation of the Plan through Collaboration Teams has resulted in substantial progress towards completing many of the Plan's Performance Elements. Their progress is available for review in the Performance Element Reporting Logs for 2017.

Contributions of related research activities are welcome. Activities may include workshops, synthesis reports, publications, new awards for research, and other research related activities.

Researchers interested in contributing to the reports must first request an account on IARPC member webpage.

Research contributions can be made through the IARPC Collaborations website by posting an update, document, event, or want/have on the website and tagging the appropriate Performance Element or by posting a comment at the bottom of the related Performance Element's page.

To view the 2017 Reporting Logs, go to:
2017 Performance Element Reporting Logs

For more information on submitting research contributions, go to:
View contribution information

For questions, contact:
Meredith LaValley
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NSF Request for Information: Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic

IARPCThe Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is seeking comments on how best to revise and strengthen the Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic. A Federal Register Notice has been published to solicit community input.

The Principles Revision Working Group of IARPC is seeking input from all stakeholders to revise and update the Principles. The update will focus on communicating clearly the Principles for community engagement by Arctic researchers and including language that describes partnerships and collaborations with Indigenous scholars, enhanced community-based observations, fostering community-based participatory research, and the integral contributions of Indigenous knowledge in the co-production and dissemination of knowledge. Input is also sought on enhancing the dissemination and implementation of the Principles.

The current Principles were prepared by the Social Science Task Force of the U.S. Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, approved by the IARPC on June 28, 1990, and published by IARPC in volume 9, (Spring, 1995, pp.56-57) of the journal "Arctic Research of the United States" ( Since 1990, community engagement and Arctic research have advanced both in theory and in practice, necessitating a review and update of the current Principles.

Comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to the Principles Revision Working Group co-chairs, Roberto Delgado of NIH and Renee Crain of NSF.

Comments will be most useful if received by 15 January 2018.

To view the Federal Register Notice, go to:
Federal Register Notice

NSF Program solicitation: Proposals to the International Research Experience for Students

nsf logoThe International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program, managed by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), supports research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students.

The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high-quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

The program's overarching, long-term goals are to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness by training the next generation of research leaders.

The IRES program accepts projects in any disciplinary field that NSF supports. Topics in multi-disciplinary and convergent areas of research, training, and professional development are encouraged.

A new solicitation for IRIS proposals has been issued:
View IRES Solicitation

The solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal:

  • Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences;
  • Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research; and
  • Track III calls for U.S. institutional partnerships and coalitions to develop and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for graduate students, as individuals or groups.

Each track has a separate deadline for submission, which are listed in the solicitation.

All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time.

Full proposal deadlines:

Track-I IRES Sites: 30 January 2018
Track-II Advanced Studies Institutes: 6 February 2018

Full proposal target dates:

Track-III New Concepts in International Graduate Experience: 13 February 2018

For more information, including the full Solicitation and guidelines, go to:
View NSF Program Solicitation

Call for Nominations - 2018 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

Call for Nominations – 2018 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

We are now accepting nominations for the Weston Family Prize, which celebrates extraordinary and inspiring individuals who have devoted their career to natural science research and have demonstrated leadership and mentorship in the Canadian North.
The award includes a prize of $50,000 cash and over $50,000 to support a postdoctoral fellow of the recipient’s choice. The deadline to submit nominations and/or applications is January 31, 2018.

Full details on our website.

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Call for Applications - W. Garfield Weston Awards for Northern Research and Northern Archaeological Research

The W. Garfield Weston Awards for Northern Research and Northern Archaeological Research
Applications for the W. Garfield Weston Awards are now being accepted. The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018.

Awards are available to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students (PhD and Masters) in northern science and northern archaeology whose research includes a fieldwork component. Curious to see if your research is considered “northern”? Have a look at our Northern Boundary Map.

Full details on our website.

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