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Call for participation: international summer school “Arctic Law”

The international summer school “Arctic Law” aimed at students and young practitioners seeking a deeper understanding of the Arctic issues and their international and national regulation is to be held on July 12-18, 2020 at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia.

Participants of the Summer School will be able to undergo a week-long intensive training on Arctic Law and deepen their knowledge and understanding of current trends in international and national law.

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Arctic Circle Forums in Tokyo and Abu Dhabi

The Arctic Circle Japan Forum will be held from November 21-23 2020 in Tokyo in association with the Third Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting. 

The Forum will be organized in coordination with the Third Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting, which is co-hosted by the Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

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Registration for Eastern Snow Conference open

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 77th Eastern Snow Conference (ESC) will open on February 15. The conference will be held at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 9 – 11 June 2020. 

Full conference registration includes participation in the Tuesday night icebreaker, Wednesday oral/poster sessions, Wednesday evening banquet, and Thursday half-day oral sessions. Single day registrations include participation in the oral/poster sessions for the day.

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Course on ice sheets and glaciers in the climate system

The next Karthaus course on ICE SHEETS AND GLACIERS IN THE CLIMATE SYSTEM will be held on 8-19 September 2020 in Karthaus, Italy. 

The course is meant for Ph.D. students and provides a basic introduction to the dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets with a focus on ice-climate interactions. Topics include:  continuum mechanics, kinematics, ice rheology, sliding and hydraulics, numerical modelling, polar meteorology, ice-ocean interaction, ice cores, interaction of ice sheets with the solid earth, glacier fluctuations, etc.

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Workshop on Mathematics of Sea ice, Cambridge, UK. Application deadline 19 April 2020

You are cordially invited to participate in the workshop "Mathematics of Sea Ice in the Twenty-First Century" to be held from 20th to 31st July 2020 in the Isaac Newton Institute (INI), Cambridge, UK. The workshop will include presentations and discussions from world-leading experts on sea ice research for climate and environmental modelling and engineering applications.

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Abstract submission for IGS Durham Symposium now open

Online abstract submission for the International Symposium on ‘Ice Streams and Outlet Glaciers’ is now open. The meeting is held 19–24 July 2020, in Durham University, Durham, UK.

Please note that the abstract submission system is separate from the IGS Connect. You will have to register your details if you have not submitted an abstract with us before.

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Sami National Day at Kola Science Center

On February 4, 2020, The Barents Center of the Humanities at Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences will host a seminar «Sami History and culture in the latest research and publications» dedicated to the Sami National Day.

The event will be attended by important figures of Sami culture, Center of the Northern peoples representatives, scientists and postgraduates of the Kola Science Center. The seminar will include a presentation of innovative works and a book by Nina Eliseeva, President of the Kola Sami Association (until 2010), the winner of the “Golden language” award for the work on the Sami language preservation and development.

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Call for conference participation: The North and the Arctic in the New Global Development Paradigm

Kola Science Center RAS invites participants to the X international scientific and practical conference “The North and the Arctic in the New Global Development Paradigm. Luzin Readings 2020”, which is to be held on April 9 - 11, 2020 in Apatity (Murmansk region of Russia). The main theme of the conference is socio-economic development of the Russian Arctic. 

The conference will include plenary sessions, parallel sections, and the “School for young Arctic researchers”. 

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Call for participation: ASIAQ field course at Tarfala research station

This course aims to bring young researchers together across disciplines, within the broad domain of Arctic research and research communication, in order to build new networks and develop communications skills. The objectives are both linked to different ongoing Arctic research initiatives such as the Arctic Science IntegrAtion Quest (ASIAQ) Project and Arctic Avenue, and to make a communication effort for the Tarfala Research Station. 

Course date: June 29 -July 3, 2020, excluding travels.

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Applied master and PhD course for snow and avalanche science at University Vienna

Also this year we run our applied course for snow and avalanche science at University Vienna within "Topics in Geodynamics" The applied excursion to the ski resorts of Galtür, Ischgl and Lech am Arlberg takes place from 22.03.- 26.03.2020 where we will investigate all snow properties leading to avalanche initiation and carry out 3D snow depth mapping using laser scanning and SfM-photogrammetry.

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