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In our Polar News we feature news from a variety of sources related to research in the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions as well as the wider Cryosphere. Many thanks to APECS members and the wider Polar research community for contributing to this shared resources! If you have an article to contribute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..       

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Call for Applicants: Data Science Training

The Arctic Data Center will host a 5-day data science training workshop October 19 - 23, 2020 at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California. This 5-day workshop will provide researchers with an overview of best data management practices, data science tools, and concrete steps and methods for more easily documenting and uploading their data to the Arctic Data Center.

The Arctic Data Center provides training in data science and data management, as these are critical skills for the stewardship of the data, software, and other research products that are preserved in the Arctic Data Center. The major goals of the Arctic Data Center are to advance data archiving and promote reproducible science and data reuse.

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RCOP 2021 in Boulder, CO: Session proposal submission

The Regional Conference on Permafrost and Engineering (RCOP) takes place in Boulder, Colorado on July 11-16, 2021. The organizers of RCOP 2021 in Boulder, Colorado, are welcoming session proposals by February 22.

For the first time the Regional Conference on Permafrost will be combined with the bi-annual International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering. RCOP 2021 is expected to bring international participation and we anticipate as many as 500 attendees who will have the opportunity to organize side-project meetings and enjoy field trips to the nearby Rocky Mountains.

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FRISP 2020 registration open

Registration is now open for the 34th Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP) which will be held from 21-24 June 2020 at Hotel Döllnsee near Berlin/Potsdam in Germany. 

The conference will begin on the evening of June 21st (Sunday) and conclude at lunchtime on June 24th (Wednesday).

Registration closes on March 15th, abstract submission will remain open until April 15th

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Call for Registration: 2020 Fletcher Arctic Conference

Organizers announce a call for registration for the 2020 Fletcher Arctic Conference that will convene Friday-Saturday, 7-8 February 2020 in Medford, MA.

Since 2012, the annual Arctic Conference at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy has provided a platform for policymakers, business leaders, academics and students to address the implications of a volatile Arctic. This conference brings together high-level leaders working in business, governance, human rights, international law, and science from around the world to share insights, research, and engage in conversations on the pressing issues of a multi-disciplinary nature in the Arctic region. The Fletcher Arctic Conference is a student-run initiative, with key contributions from senior Fletcher School faculty and leadership. There is no cost associated with registering.

For more information and to register, go to:
Conference website

Call for papers - Annals of Glaciology - 'Ice, Snow and Water in a Warming World'

We would like to issue a call for papers for the thematic issue of the Annals of Glaciology on ‘Ice, Snow and Water in a Warming World’. Accepted papers will be published online as soon as authors have returned their proofs and all corrections have been made. The hard copy is scheduled for publication in 2021.

Submission period from 1 June 2020 - 1 December 2020. Supply your final accepted paper until 1 June 2021.

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My Nordic Project (Only for students in Quebec province, Canada)

For the fourth consecutive year, INQ is pleased to announce one of the flagship events in its programming: the My Northern Project science outreach contest.

New this year: the contest is now open to Master's students who have analyzed their collected data. The competition also remains open to students enrolled in a PhD program. Of course, only research projects with a northern or Arctic theme are eligible.

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ECR travel funding for Polar Technology Conference available

The Polar Technology Conference ( is planned for 10–12 March 2020 in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of the meeting is to link experts in 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.

Abstract submission is open until 7 February 2020, 5:00 p.m. Alaska time. Limited support is available for early career researcher travel - submit your abstract by Friday, 7 February to be considered for travel support.

Upcoming IARPC Webinar Available: NASA Program Manager Chat

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Program Officers Thorsten Markus, Colene Haffke, and Michael Falkowski will host this webinar on NASA's Cryosphere Program, funding opportunities, and opportunities for early career scientists. They welcome the research community to join, ask questions and share feedback. 

It will take place on Friday, 7 February 2020 at 01:00 p.m. (EST). 

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NSF Office of Polar Programs Notice Regarding Novel Coronavirus

The outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV (coronavirus), is of serious concern to the Office of Polar Programs, which supports thousands of researchers, operational personnel, and other visitors to remote stations in the Arctic and Antarctica. As an immediate response, OPP augmented medical screening questions for personnel deploying to Antarctica and Greenland. Medical program staff evaluate responses to a set of diagnostic questions and check for fever. These measures are intended to prevent anyone exposed to coronavirus, Ebola, or other serious respiratory infection from traveling to field stations in the polar regions.

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Submit Proposals: 2020 Assembly Sessions

Proposals are now being accepted for Sessions at the Eighth Arctic Circle Assembly, to be held October 8 – 11, 2020 in Reykjavík, Iceland.

NEW!: All Sessions will now run for either 55 or 60 minutes.

Sessions at the Arctic Circle Assembly are held in auditoriums, lecture halls, board rooms, and open spaces throughout Harpa and nearby venues. Sessions are organized by governments, institutions, organizations, universities, think tanks, companies and others. In addition the Arctic Circle itself organizes Plenary Sessions at the Assemblies.

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