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Conference Live Stream Available: 2020 Polar Technology Conference

Organizers of the 2020 Polar Technology Conference are offering free livestream access to the event, which will be held Tuesday—Thursday, 10–12 March 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.

The goal of the meeting is to link experts in the fields of polar science and technology development to discuss current technological resources for polar research and identify barriers to research and application of technology for problems unique to polar regions.

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Funding Opportunity: Early Career Travel for Open Science Meetings — IPICS and ICYS

The U.S. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) offers an NSF-sponsored opportunity for U.S. early career scientists, postdocs, and PhD students in the U.S. to apply for travel support to the International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) and Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) Open Science meetings that will convene 18—24 October 2020 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Further Information about IPICS and ICYS Open Science Meetings

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Application for Potsdam Summer School is open!

With its overarching theme – “Water: Our Global Common Good – The Hydrosphere across Land and Sea” – this year’s Potsdam Summer School will continue the transdisciplinary and interactive event series that has been held annually in Potsdam, Germany since 2014. It will take place from 17-26 August.

The summer school will provide its participants with a comprehensive perspective and overview of the relevant aspects when dealing with the hydrosphere. They will be engaged in discussions and group works and will be provided with tools to develop effective strategies in order to deal with the challenges they face in their daily work.

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Call for Session Proposals: 2021 Regional Conference on Permafrost

Organizers of the 2021 Regional Conference on Permafrost (RCOP) invite session proposals that address science and/or engineering topics with a focus on permafrost. The conference will convene 11—16 July 2021 in Boulder, Colorado.

For the first time the Regional Conference on Permafrost will be combined with the bi-annual International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering. The conference will bring together international participants who will have the opportunity to organize side-project meetings and enjoy field trips to the nearby Rocky Mountains.

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Solicitation for a Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Community Office

NSF invites proposals to establish a Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO). Launched in 2016, NNA has been building a growing portfolio of research and planning grants at the intersection of the built, social, and natural environments to improve understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. Each NNA-funded project is responsible for its own performance, including its core research and broader impacts. However, an NNA community office is required to coordinate the activities of funded NNA projects, engage new PIs, and promote research, education, and outreach activities.

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Welcome to the Early-Career Glaciology Group (EGG) within the IGS

The IGS has established a new Early-career Glaciologist Group (EGG). The group is open to any early-career scientist in glaciology or related snow and ice sciences. Our aims are to enhance the cryosphere early-career community (socially and professionally), particularly within the IGS, and to provide additional support to early-career scientists in cryosphere-related fields. We’re planning social events, workshops, and panel discussions at upcoming meetings, including EGU and the IGS symposium in Durham in July. By holding these events, we are hoping to build a better community for early-career scientists, where we can exchange ideas and discuss problems, foster career development, and get to know each other. 

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2020 Ocean Mixing Gordon Research Conference

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming Ocean Mixing Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Conference (GRC), held from June 13-14 and 14-19, 2020 at Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.

The GRC provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research and related technologies, and for over 80 years, have been viewed as the world?s premier scientific meetings. The guiding principle is to encourage communication and discussion of ideas and new unpublished results by bringing together outstanding scientists from academia, industry, and government.

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Registration is Open for the 1st Arctic Indigenous Peoples´ Food Congress

Food Congress is to be held in Guovdageaidnu (Kautokeino), Norway on March 9-13, 2020.

The event will have a youth profile, while the program will include cooking, demonstration of traditional foods and dishes, modern cuisine, preparation and processing, and will include a multitude of indigenous food cultures, traditional indigenous knowledge, traditions, stories and menus. There will also be a conference with presentations based on traditional indigenous knowledge and science. The event will display the diversity of food resources and systems of Arctic indigenous peoples, including reindeer and caribou meat, moose meat, fish, birds, berries, plants and so on.

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Arctic Days in St. Petersburg–2020

The Russian State Hydrometeorological University is pleased to invite you to join the Arctic Days in St. Petersburg–2020: “International Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic in the Era on Climate Change” held in St. Petersburg on May 13–14, 2020.

The Conference will bring together social and natural scientists, industry professionals, policy makers, Indigenous leaders, and other stakeholders from across the Arctic. In response to ongoing climate change, the organizing committee invites you to participate in the formation of an international interdisciplinary platform for discussing pressing issues of socio-cultural, economic development and international cooperation in the Arctic.

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