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Call for papers Arctic Frontiers Science 2018

ARCTIC FRONTIERS 2015Call for Abstracts
Arctic Frontiers Science 2018
Circumpolar Safety, Search, and Rescue Collaboration

21-26 January 2018
Tromsø, Norway

Abstract submission deadline: 19 September 2017

Organizers invite abstract submissions for the Arctic Frontiers Science 2018 conference. The theme of the conference will be "Circumpolar Safety, Search, and Rescue Collaboration." This conference will convene 21-26 January 2018 in Tromsø, Norway.

Conference description:

Search and rescue (S&R) in cold waters is a short race against time. Low temperatures, poor visibility, and bad weather, as well as vast distances, conspire to make S&R operations challenging. Although ice floes can keep people afloat for longer periods, and modern communication systems means there is less search and more rescue, even with the best survival gear the odds are decidedly poorer than in warmer waters. With the advent of dramatically reduced summer ice coverage, human activity in the Arctic Ocean ranging from petroleum exploration and drilling to shipping and cruise traffic is set to increase significantly. Mass rescue operations (MROs) must be handled differently in the Arctic, and to understand how the risk of a large accident in this sparsely populated area should be assessed one must draw on the understanding of the weather conditions, the changing climate, and the limited resources available in this region.

Conference topics will include:

  • Aquaculture in the high north in time of change;
  • The new Arctic in the global context;
  • Resilient Arctic societies and industrial development; and
  • Circumpolar safety, search, and rescue collaboration.

Abstract submission deadline: 19 September 2017.

For submission guidelines and to submit an abstract, view the call for abstracts.

For more information about the conference, go to Arctic Frontiers.

WCRP and WWRP International Prize for Model Development

WCRP and WWRP have established an International Prize for Model Development, awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to weather and climate model development by an early- to mid-career researcher.

More details on eligibility, required nomination material and selection process can be found at

Nominations of suitable candidates should be forwarded to the WCRP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and WWRP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and must be received by 1 Oct 2017.

Please do not hesitate to forward this announcement to your respective networks and contacts.

Arctic Frontiers PhD Workshop 2018 - Apply Now!

arctos logoArctic Frontiers Logo new 2013The Arctic Marine Ecosystem Research Network (ARCTOS network) invites PhD candidates to a student workshop offering an exciting program for early career scientists working on issues related to the Arctic. The workshop is taking place 21-31 January 2018 in conjunction with the Arctic Frontiers conference and continues afterwards in Svolvær, Lofoten. As part of the workshop, participants have to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference and give a presentation (oral or poster) during the science section of the conference (submit your abstract here).

After the conference, the students will embark on a 5-day seminar to Svolvær, Lofoten, during which they will attend 10-15 lectures covering proposal writing, political science, social science, marine ecology and climate, local art, and arctic entrepreneurship. Students will also prepare a proposal for funding to an imaginary research grant. During the workshop, there will be also some cultural events (visiting art gallery, museum, etc.). The workshop is multidisciplinary and thus suitable for students from all scientific fields.

One main goal of the workshop is networking. During the conference and workshop, students can meet politicians, business people and senior researchers as well as other early career scientists, which are all interested in Arctic issues. Together, the northern areas are facing possibilities and challenges related to the combination of climate change, globalization, and circumpolar problems such as oil and gas development, pollution, public health, reduced biodiversity and loss of habitats. An enormous challenge to handle. The idea behind this workshop is that the solution to the problems ahead lies in the synergy that emerges from international networks, cross-disciplinary cooperation and dialogue.

PhD students are prioritized but Master students and Post-docs may apply as well. The workshop is an official PhD level course (BIO-8516) at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø worth 4 ECTS (only PhD students can receive credits). Travel and conference funding will be available for course participants. 

Application deadline is Tuesday 19 September 2017. More information on how to apply can be found on the ARCTOS website.

PYRN activities at ACOP2017 2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost

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We are happy to make a few announcements regarding the activities organized by PYRN during the
2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost (ACOP2017).

PYRN Ice-Breaker

A Permafrost Young Researchers Ice-Breaker will be held at the Hokkaido University Museum Café on July 3rd after the poster session. Food and drinks are going to be offered for free to the registered participants. It will be the ideal occasion to gather and unwind after the first day of the conference.


Awards will be granted during ACOP2017 for “Outstanding Oral Presentation” and “Outstanding Poster Presentation” by a Young Permafrost Researcher.

Please help the judges identify your presentation by putting the “Running for PYRN awards” logo on the title page of our presentation or at the top of your poster. The logo can be downloaded here.


Please register for the PYRN Ice-Breaker and sign up for the PYRN-IPA Awards by filling up the following form before June 28th:

Also, make sure you are a registered PYRN members by looking up your name in the PYRN Member List or register for free.

We are also reminding you that you can follow PYRN on Facebook @PYRNofficial, Twitter @PYRN_official and Instagram @PYRN_official.

For any questions regarding the PYRN activities at ACOP2017, please contact Simon Dumais at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking forward to seeing you in Sapporo!

Simon Dumais and Tatsuya Watanabe on behalf of the PYRN Executive Committee and the ACOP2017 Local Organizing Committee.

Spanish language Fellowships writing webinar recording available

COMNAP2016SCAR logo white backgroundA recording of the SCAR-COMNAP-APECS Spanish language Fellowships application writing webinar hosted in March is now available from the SCAR Fellowships Mentoring page.

Writing about research can be difficult, writing in your second (or third) language poses yet another set of challenges. So building on the success of the first webinar that was in English, SCAR, COMNAP and APECS partnered again to hold a similar training webinar in March 2017, but this time in Spanish. This webinar aimed to provide additional tips and tricks for writing applications in English for Spanish speakers.apecs logo web

We had 46 participants joining the webinar, with lots of good advice from a highly qualified and experienced panel, and a wide range of questions from the participants.

To complement the original English language webinar a "Writing for Success" document was produced which includes information on the evaluation of proposals, feedback on positive examples as well as areas where improvement is often needed from those who review applications, and some Frequently Asked Questions on the technical details of submitting an application (also see the FAQs page as new questions are being added regularly, based on the queries we receive).

The deadline for applications for this year's Fellowships Programme is 1 July. For more information, visit the Fellowships Detailed Information page.

Deadline approaching for 2017 SCAR Fellowship applications

There are just over two weeks remaining to the deadline for applications for the 2017 SCAR Fellowship Scheme (
The deadline for applications is 1 July 2017.

Fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic field seasons. Fellows may be awarded up to US$15,000 each and, this year, up to five are being offered by SCAR. Normally we award 4 a year, but thanks to the generous contribution from India, we can offer 5 this year.

Preparing a successful fellowship application is a skill. Often, lack of success with applications is not due to a poor research idea but can come down to the inability to express ideas clearly and confidently, in writing. To help applicants develop their fellowship proposal writing skills, two mentoring webinars were held jointly by SCAR, the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), one in English in 2016 and a second in Spanish in 2017. These are particularly meant for young researchers in countries with a small or just developing Antarctic research community that may not have adequate mentoring in their home institutions. The webinars can be accessed on the SCAR Fellowships Mentoring page (

Our partner organization COMNAP will also again offer a Fellowship in 2017, but the eligibility criteria and application process are separate from that of SCAR - details of the COMNAP scheme can be found here. Please also note that another partner, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) also offers a scholarship and details can be found here.


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Launch of INTERACT Remote Access

Interact logoThe call for INTERACT Remote Access is open to 17 terrestrial research stations offering RA in INTERACT. The call is targeted for projects taking place between Oct 2017 and Sept 2018. From now on, the INTERACT Remote Access will be available through continuous calls, i.e. a new call will open right after the previous one closes, and incoming applications are assessed four times per year.

Learn more about Remote Access and the available call from our RA Call webpages, and apply for INTERACT Remote Access to the coolest places of the North!

Launch of INTERACT Virtual Access

Interact logoThe first set of INTERACT partners are now offering free access to their datasets and data via the INTERACT Virtual Access. By 2020, altogether 29 partners in the INTERACT network will offer Virtual Access available for all users.

Three stations are currently offering access to their data:

Visit the INTERACT VA single-entry point to learn more about the Virtual Access that is currently available and link to the data, and stay tuned for new VA entries during the upcoming months!

Year of Polar Prediction launched

YOPP LOGO beb4effb3cA concerted international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic has been launched to minimize the environmental risks and maximize the opportunities associated with rapid climate change in polar regions and to close the current gaps in polar forecasting capacity.

The Year of Polar Prediction takes place from mid-2017 to mid-2019 in order to cover an entire year in both the Arctic and Antarctic and involves the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and a wide array of partners around the globe.

During the next two years, a large international and interdisciplinary network of scientists and operational forecasting centres will jointly undertake intensive observation and modelling activities in the Arctic and Antarctic. As a result, better forecasts of weather and sea-ice conditions will reduce future risks and enable safety management in the polar regions, and also lead to improved forecasts in lower latitudes where most people live.

“The effects of global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions are felt more intensely in the polar regions than anywhere else. The Arctic and parts of the Antarctic are heating twice as rapidly as the rest of the world, causing melting of glaciers, shrinking sea ice and snow cover. The impact of this is felt in other parts of the globe – as exemplified by rising sea levels and changing weather and climate patterns,” said Thomas Jung, of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and chair of the Polar Prediction Project steering committee.

“Arctic sea-ice maximum extent after the winter re-freezing period in March was the lowest on record because of a series of ‘heat-waves.’ Antarctic sea ice minimum extent after the most recent Southern Hemisphere summer melt was also the lowest on record. The rate and implications of polar environmental change is pushing our scientific knowledge to the limits”, said Mr Jung.

The Year Of Polar Prediction was officially launched during WMO’s annual Executive Council meeting. Polar and high mountain activities are among WMO’s top strategic priorities because of the growing impact of climate change from greenhouse gas emissions, because of the need to improve our understanding of weather phenomena in extreme regions and because the poor monitoring network leaves gaping holes in the global weather observing capability.

During special observing periods, the number of routine observations, for example through weather balloon launches from meteorological stations and buoy deployments from research vessels, will be enhanced; coordinated aircraft campaigns and satellite missions will be carried out; and new automatic weather stations will be installed at different polar locations.

In addition, coordinated field campaigns from mid-2017 to mid-2019 will raise the number of observations in both polar regions. A growing number of international projects, networks and organizations are already involved with activities during the Year of Polar Prediction, including several EU Horizon 2020 projects.

Read the full press release.  

For more information on the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), visit the Polar Prediction website.

A media kit is available with various information including infographics, videos, picture material and a "YOPP explorer" where activities during the Year of Polar Prediction are shown on a map etc. The media kit is accessible at

Link to the brand-new YOPP YouTube channel with the new ICO WMO AWI video production on Polar Prediction and a video with polar prediction experts explaining what the Year of Polar Prediction experts explaining what the Year of Polar Prediction is about.

State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report released!

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CAFF to announce the publication of the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report, a publication from the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program's marine component.

The State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report (SAMBR) is a synthesis of the state of knowledge about biodiversity in Arctic marine ecosystems, detectable changes, and important gaps in our ability to assess state and trends in biodiversity across six focal ecosystem components (FECs):

CAFF invites you to browse through the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report: Key Findings and Advice for Monitoring or delve deeper with the State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity full report. CAFF also encourages you to download the graphics and data that appear in the report from our Arctic Biodiversity Data Service.

CAFF also would like to take this opportunity to thank all contributors to this report for this excellent achievement, including the CBMP's Marine Steering Group and Expert Networks.


Please do not hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or comments.


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Survey on new INTERACT educational materials


Interact logoOne of our aims in the second phase of INTERACT is to create a collection of state-of-the-art educational materials about the Arctic, for all levels of education (Work Package 2).

An important part of the process is to gather feedback from teachers and educators. In order to do so, we have set up an Internet survey. A link to the survey has been published on our INTERACT website (Outreach section) and on our Facebook page. The survey is anonymous and closes on 2nd June 2017.

And this is where we kindly ask you for your support: please share this link wherever you think it would be appropriate, e.g. on your website, on your official Facebook page, or among teachers and educators you are in contact with. The more answers we get, the better we know what are the teachers' needs and expectations!

The survey is here:

and here (a direct link):

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you very much for your support!

Best regards,

Wojciech Piotrowski
Department of Polar and Marine Research
Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences
64 Ksiecia Janusza St., 01-452 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +48 22 6915 817, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The IASC Bulletin 2017 is now available online

iasc webEach year IASC reports on its activities and highlights international Arctic science initiatives in its Bulletin. The 2017 Bulletin is now available for download on the IASC website. A printed copy was distributed at the ASSW 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. A limited amount of printed copies is available upon request.

Download the 2017 Bulletin [6 MB] here:












Want to find out more about IASC's cross-cutting initiatives, like those reported in the 2017 Bulletin?

IASC's 2017 Cross-Cutting funding call is open now until June 30, 2017.

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