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Extension of the deadline for abstract submission – February 28!

SCAR Biology Symposium 2017The XIIth Biology Symposium of the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) with the general theme 'Scale Matters', will be held in Leuven, Belgium from Monday 10th to Friday 14th July 2017.

We would like to inform you that our deadline for abstract submission has been extended, to allow more time for researchers still returning from field expeditions. The local organizing committee (LOC) and the scientific committee (SC) will consider all abstracts submitted to the conference until Tuesday, the 28th of February 2017. Abstracts must be relevant to one of the Conference sessions and authors are requested to mark one of them, under which their abstract should be evaluated by the referees.

Furthermore, we are happy to announce following keynote speakers for the Symposium:

  • Renuka Badhe
  • Christophe Barbaud
  • Alexander Choukèr
  • Don Cowan
  • Karin Lochte
  • Irene Schloss
  • Scarlett Trimborn
  • Lily Simonson as artist in residence

The International SCAR Biology symposia were initiated in 1973 with the purpose of bringing fundamental and applied scientists together with an interest in Antarctic terrestrial and marine life sciences, including man. Symposium themes under consideration include: Distribution and trends; Adaptation and processes; New insights through multi-disciplinary research; Threats and impacts: from the poles to the globe to the poles; Societal impact of Antarctic biological science; Human biology at the poles.

For information, registration and abstract submission (deadline: 28th of February 2017!), see and the pdf-file in attachment of this e-mail.

Antarctic Humanties & Social Sciences Conference

Depths & Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through Humanities and Social Sciences

  • A conference to be hosted by the University of Tasmania, Hobart, 5-7 July 2017
  • Deadline for Abstracts: 3 March 2017 
  • Conference Website
  • Keynote Speakers: Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi (Panjab University), Prof. Anne Noble (Massey University) and Prof. Tim Stephens (University of Sydney). 

Antarctica rarely makes it onto the map of the humanities and social sciences. While artists have produced responses to the continent for centuries, non-scientific researchers have been reluctant to venture intellectually into the far southern latitudes. The continent’s lack of an indigenous or permanent human population, together with a popular Antarctic exceptionalism which frames the continent as immune to the political, social and economic forces that affect the rest of the globe, has made it seem off-limits to analysis outside of a scientific framework.

Increasingly, however, public attention is being drawn to Antarctica, as the surface of its ice plays host to tourists, proliferating stations, heroic re-enactments, and national manoeuvring; its icy depths reveal the environmental history of our planet; and its ocean currents ominously undermine the glaciers around its edges. While scientific efforts are crucial, understanding the Antarctic region – past, present and future – requires contributions across the disciplinary spectrum. This conference aims to bring together humanities, creative arts and social sciences researchers interested in the Antarctic, fostering a community of scholars who can act in concert with natural scientists to address the issues that face the Antarctic region.

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We invite papers from a broad range of disciplines – including history, literary and cultural studies, creative arts, sociology, politics, geography and law – that engage with the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean. Contributions from scientists interested in engaging with the HASS community are encouraged. Both proposals for individual papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes question time) and interdisciplinary panels are welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Antarctic texts and subtexts
  • Antarctic cryoscapes
  • Anthropocene Antarctica
  • Ice cores as cultural and political objects
  • Submerged issues in the Antarctic region
  • Connections and collaborations between the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences (particularly oceanography and bathymetry)
  • History of polar science
  • Antarctic historiography
  • History and politics of the Southern Ocean
  • Digging into the past: archives, artefacts, archaeology
  • Subantarctic islands: histories and cultures
  • Postcolonial Antarctica
  • Ice and identity politics
  • Islands and ice
  • Antarctic nationalisms
  • Polar geographies and geopolitics
  • Antarctica and the global commons
  • Transpolar connections
  • Polar mobilities, vertical and horizontal
  • Antarctic tourism and travel
  • Inhabiting the ice: structures and dwellings
  • Polar heritage and museums
  • Antarctic aesthetics
  • Antarctica and emotions
  • Antarctic futures

ABSTRACTS of up to 250 words, including a short bio note, in WORD doc format, should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 March 2017, with notification of acceptance by 31 March 2017. There will be an opportunity for selected papers to be expanded into one or more publications stemming from the conference.

For enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica is open for nominations until 17 May 2017

The 2017 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica is open for nominations until 17 May 2017.

The "Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica" is a US$ 100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science and/or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica. The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse's passion for Antarctica and is a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008.

The prize-winner can be from any country and work in any field of Antarctic science and/or policy. The goal is to provide recognition of the important work being done by the individual and to call attention to the significance of understanding Antarctica in a time of change. A website with further details, including the process of nomination, closing date and criteria for selecting the prize recipients, is available at

The Prize is awarded by the Tinker Foundation and administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

SCAR AnT-ERA mini-grants available for SCAR Biology Symposium 2017

The SCAR SRP AnT-ERA is happy to inform you that a limited amount of SCAR funds had been allocated to support especially early career scientists and representatives of
underrepresented national programs to join the SCAR Biology Symposium 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. Applications for mini-grants are to be sent by email to Julian Gutt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and should contain:

  • Name of the applicant and affiliation
  • Status (graduate student, PhD student or post-doc)
  • Title of the presentation
  • Short paragraph (approx. 4 lines) of the motivation, why the participation in the symposium is important;
  • Amount of money needed for e.g. ticket and accommodation  (max: $500 for European; $1500 for non-European participants).
  • Relevance of the presentation to the SCAR SRP AnT-ERA (approx. 4 lines, for implementation plan see

Deadline: 12 February with an option to get a decision before the deadline for abstract submission 15 February.

SCAR Strategic Plan 2017-2022 Published

SCAR is pleased to share the 2017-2022 SCAR Strategic Plan. The plan was written by a team of dedicated SCAR-affiliated scientists and leaders (listed below) over the course of 2016, in consultation with SCAR’s Delegates, National Committees, Partners and concerned scientists and educators.

SCAR’s vision is to create a legacy of Antarctic research as a foundation for a better future. In line with this vision, through scientific research and international cooperation SCAR will establish a thorough understanding of the nature of Antarctica, the role of Antarctica in the global system, and the character and effects of environmental change and human activities on Antarctica. SCAR's work in the next five years will focus on key objectives:

  • To amplify its leadership in Antarctic research by further strengthening and expanding high-quality collaborative and visionary Antarctic research, including observations from Antarctica;
  • To offer independent scientific advice to Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other bodies dealing with Antarctic and Southern Ocean matters;
  • To enhance and grow research capacity in SCAR member countries;
  • To enhance public awareness and understanding of Antarctic issues through communication of Antarctic research results in a timely and accessible manner; and
  • To facilitate unrestricted and free access to Antarctic research data.

As part of our efforts to reduce our environmental impact, we will not be printing a large quantity of these plans as the pdf is available online. If you would like a printed copy, please fill out the online request form before 31 January or contact the SCAR Secretariat.

We would particularly like to thank the Core Writing Team for their many hours of work:
Huw Griffiths, Julian Gutt, Daniela Liggett, Yan Ropert-Coudert, Aleks Terauds, Anton Van de Putte, Jerónimo López-Martínez and Jenny Baeseman.

And much appreciation to the larger SCAR Leadership group for constructive feedback through the process:
Karin Lochte, Azizan Samah, Bryan Storey, Terry Wilson, Nancy Bertler, Dave Bromwich, Carlota Escutia, Adrian Fox, Jesus Galindo, Graham Hosie, Berry Lyons, John Storey and Steven Chown.

This new plan replaces “Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World: SCAR Strategic Plan 2011-2016” and went into effect on 1 January 2017.

Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 – Call for Abstracts now open

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (PPW 2017) and the 2nd Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project Meeting (2nd SIMIP Meeting).

The workshops will be held at Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum in Bremerhaven, Germany from 27th to 30th March 2017. Both events are jointly organized by the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (WCRP-PCPI), the Polar Prediction Project (WWRP-PPP), the Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN), and the Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project (SIMIP).

Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (March, 27th morning - March, 29th noon)

The Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (March, 27th morning - March, 29th noon) will start with the public Alfred Wegener Lecture where every other year a distinguished climate scientist is invited to report on emerging fields of research for scientific exchange. This time, the lecture entitled “A Decade of Sea Ice Prediction“ will be given by Cecilia Bitz (Atmospheric Science Department, University of Washington) who is going to review rapid advances in predicting skills of Arctic sea ice conditions since The Sea Ice Outlook began collecting and reporting predictions in 2008.

The focus of the subsequent Polar Prediction Workshop is on environmental prediction in the polar regions on subseasonal to interannual timescales, thereby helping to build a "seamless“ polar prediction community. As in previous years, sea ice prediction will play a central role. Desired outcomes include the compilation of recommendations for the 2017 Sea Ice Outlook season, as well as the stimulation of collaborations in the context of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP; mid-2017—mid-2019).

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

* Dirk Notz

* François Massonnet

* Leif Toudal Pedersen.

For the Polar Prediction Workshop 2017, we invite abstracts related to polar prediction topics such as:

* Predictability,

* Modelling, data assimilation, and forecasting,

* Observations,

* Verification, and

* User needs.

SIMIP workshop (March, 29th noon - March, 30th noon)

The SIMIP workshop (March, 29th noon - March, 30th noon) is devoted to discussions about the sea ice simulations from the upcoming CMIP6 experiments (SIMIP), with three distinct aims:

1. To discuss and define best practices for the evaluation of sea-ice simulations against observations
2. To identify and define new remote sensing and in situ sea ice observations that will allow for improved model evaluation and initialization
3. To discuss and coordinate the analysis of CMIP6 sea ice simulations for improved understanding of sea ice processes and improved sea ice projections.

The SIMIP workshop will primarily be a discussion meeting with a few invited presentations to set the scene. The SIMIP workshop is organized by the WCRP-CliC Sea ice and Climate Modeling Forum.


To register and/or submit an abstract, please use this online form for both workshops. Abstracts can be submitted only for the PPW 2017. Registration and abstract submission are open until the 30th of January.

There is some funding available to support early-career scientists. If you’d like to apply for early-career travel support, please indicate so in the online form.

Information on the venue and accomodation can be found here.

For any questions, please contact the PPP International Coordination Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Best wishes,

The Workshop Organisers

Helge Goessling

Cecilia Bitz

Ed Blanchard-Wrigglesworth

Ed Hawkins

John Fyfe

Alexandra Jahn

Dirk Notz

Kirstin Werner

Establishment of Canada’s National Antarctic Data Centre

Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is pleased to announce that it is supporting the Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) in establishing a National Antarctic Data Centre (NADC) for Canada.

The Antarctic Treaty (section III.1.c) requires that Antarctic scientific observations and results be exchanged and made freely available. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) coordinates the Antarctic Data Management System (ADMS), which is a comprehensive international directory of Antarctic data and metadata. As Canada’s NADC, the PDC will work with POLAR and the broader Canadian Antarctic research community to serve as Canada’s national focal point for this system, and support Canadian Antarctic researchers in preparing and submitting metadata and hosting data as needed.

Canada’s NADC will facilitate access to and use of Canadian Antarctic data to facilitate further polar research and discovery at the national and international levels. In the coming months, PDC will be reaching out to past and present members of the Canadian Antarctic research community to begin to identify Canadian Antarctic data holders and associated metadata.

For more information about Canada’s NADC, please contact Gabrielle Alix, Polar Data Catalogue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information about Polar Data Catalogue (PDC)
Polar Data Catalogue (PDC) is an online database of metadata and data that describes, indexes, and provides access to diverse data sets generated by polar researchers. PDC is Canada’s primary source for data and information about cold regions and has a growing master directory for data from Canadian and international polar research programs.

For more information about the PDC, please see:

More information about Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR)
Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is Canada’s lead federal agency that was established on June 1st, 2015 to strengthen Canadian leadership in polar science and technology. POLAR consists of a knowledge management function to support Arctic and Antarctic research; a pan-northern Science and Technology program; and the world-class Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus.

POLAR is a full member and Canada’s adhering body to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), which initiates, develops and coordinates scientific research internationally regarding Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

For more information about POLAR please see:

REMINDER: Call for papers and posters to ICASS IX due December 16

The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) is pleased to announce the first Call for papers and posters for the 9th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS IX) to be held at Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden, 8-12 June 2017.

ICASS IX’s theme is People and Place. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsibility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on the many different parts of the Arctic and the people that live there. The multiple Arctics have lately been addressed by many policy makers and researchers. The purpose is often to counteract the stereotypic understanding of the Arctic too often represented by icebergs and polar bears. A focus on people and place highlights the many variances across the region in terms of climate, political systems, demography, infrastructure, history, languages, health, legal systems, land and water resources etc. etc. We welcome sessions and papers on all facets of the North. And, as always, we also welcome sessions and papers on all other subjects of relevance to our members.

Please submit your paper and/or poster proposals using the ICASS IX Submittal Form available on the ICASS IX website. ICASS IX sessions are divided in themes which all of them are led by one chair. You will find the themes listed at the conference website together with a list of proposed sessions which are listed under each theme. Choose your preferred session in the theme to submit your abstract. You are also most welcome to submit a poster presentation within a theme.

Please not that all presenters must submit an abstract on the ICASS IX website, including Session chairs who intend to give a presentation in his/her proposed session.

Submissions should contain:

  • name and contact details of the author(s)
  • title of paper or poster
  • a 150 words (maximum) summary / abstract

Please note: that some sessions due to special funding situations and programs are invited papers only and are marked as closed (these sessions are generally open to participation, though). Session proposers have been asked to fill out various data about their session proposals, but this information has not all been gathered, so please be aware that changes will occur and extra information will be added to some of the sessions later.

  • Submitting a proposal for a paper or a poster presentation is at this stage non-committing. Registration for ICASS IX will open in mid-January 2017. The early-bird registration fee will be 350 Euros. Membership to IASSA is required and is set to 100 Euros, with reductions for students, unemployed, retired and Russian participants.
  • Prospects for the funding of your participation in the Congress. We hope to be able to provide some travel funding to students, early career researchers, Indigenous participants, and participants from Russia (and individuals who have limited means to attend). Please indicate if you wish to be considered for financial support in the ICASS IX Submittal Form. We anticipate announcing the travel awards in February 2017.
  • A maximum of two paper proposals per person please, although you may submit as many posters as you wish.

The deadline for submitting paper and poster abstracts is 16 December 2016.

We encourage participation of Indigenous peoples, Northern residents, decision-makers and politicians, as well as academics, so that ICASS IX provides a rich environment in which to advance discussions on sustainabilities in the North and on other Northern matters.

Please note that in addition to the ICASS conference fee, membership in IASSA is mandatory for all ICASS participants – to become a member or renew your membership visit:

Follow developments regarding ICASS IX at our conference website:

Travel awards for early career ice core scientists at AGU

The Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) are pleased to share the news that they will be providing a limited number of travel grants to early career researchers attending the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting. The funds have generously come to us recently from the SCAR Standing Scientific Group on Physical Science. Awards are intended to help with travel expenses for presenting authors whose research focuses on or relates to ice cores. We plan to make 10 awards of $200 each.

1) First author presenting either a poster or a talk at AGU
2) Early career researcher in a field related to ice core science
3) In need of financial assistance

To Apply:
Fill out this Google Form no later than December 5:

Due to the proximity of the meeting, we aim to turn these grants around quickly. We will be in touch via email to let you know the status of your application.

SCAR & IASC Conference POLAR2018 - REMINDER: Session submission deadline is on 30 November 2016

REMINDER: Submit your session to POLAR2018's Open Science Conference before the end of November 2016

SCAR & IASC Conference POLAR2018 - Call for Sessions is open

POLAR2018 is a joint event of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee IASC and will take place in Davos, Switzerland from 15 - 27 June 2018. It includes the XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings, the Arctic Science Summit Week 2018 and the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference.

The organizers of POLAR2018 are now accepting session proposals for the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference “Where the Poles meet“ which will be held on 19 - 23 June 2018.

A template to submit session proposals, including a brief session description, the contact information of the session conveners and other session details, is available on . We are looking for sessions that cover a broad range of topics across the spectrum of Polar and high altitude research, such as, but not limited to, climate, glaciology, social and human sciences, ice sheets, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, biology, astronomy, geology, economic aspects, sustainable development, technology and education. There will be oral and poster sessions as well as further session formats.

* The organizing committee strongly encourages session topics that encapsulate research conducted in both the Arctic and Antarctic.
* We also encourage including early career scientists as conveners and encourage diversity regarding conveners’ nationalities, gender, and where possible, indigenous peoples.

The tasks of the conveners include:
• Soliciting submissions for their session;
• reviewing the abstracts submitted for the session;
• working with the International Scientific Organizing Committee to arrange the program of their session, including oral and poster presentations and
• chairing the session.

Depending on the session proposals received, the International Scientific Organizing Committee might have to merge similar session where necessary and appropriate.

Session proposals can be submitted until 30 November 2016. Lead conveners will be notified on 31 March 2017 and the final list of sessions will be announced in spring 2017. Abstract submission will open on 1 September 2017 with a submission deadline not earlier than 1 November 2017 and notification of acceptance after 31 January 2018. Further information can be found on .

Any questions should be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The co-chairs of the International Scientific Organizing Committee
Martin Schneebeli
Karin Lochte
Huigen Yang

INTERACT Transnational Access Call now open!

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Further TA call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website.

For additional information, please contact the Transnational Access coordinator Hannele Savela, hannele.savela(at)

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