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Call For Membership - New NSF-Funded Network in Arctic Sustainability Arctic-Frost

The new US National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) - Sustainability Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) network, entitled "Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments, and Development in the Changing North" announces a call for membership.

Arctic-FROST is an international interdisciplinary collaborative network and platform for research exchange, developing interdisciplinary synthesis, and international research about Arctic and sub-Arctic sustainability. The network teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators, and community members to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development. The research is specifically aimed at improving health, human development, and the well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions, and resources under changing climate conditions. The network is based at the Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research Laboratory at the University of Northern Iowa under the direction of Andre Petrov.

Over the next five years Arctic-FROST will fund multiple meetings and workshops on various subjects pertaining to sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic. Community members with academic or practical interests in these areas are invited to become Arctic-FROST members. Arctic-FROST membership is free and open for all. Membership benefits include:

Opportunity to connect with network researchers and receive interdisciplinary and international collaboration experience;
Eligibility for funding to participate in Arctic-FROST activities and events;
Access to special workshops and funding for early career scholars;
Ability to receive members-only research updates, announcements, teaching materials, calls for papers and proposals, and other network-related information; and
Priority in submission of papers and abstracts for Arctic-FROST sponsored publications and activities.
For further information and to register, go to: http://www.uni.edu/arctic/frost.

For questions, contact: Andrey Petrov; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eurofleets Ship-Based Training Courses - Summer 2014

Two practical multidisciplinary ship-based training courses for European Graduated and Postgraduated Students of Marine Related Sciences are organized within the EUROFLEETS programme, and will be held in summer 2014:

Multidisciplinary Ship-based training for European graduates and postgraduates students of marine related sciences - 4th - 9th July 2014, Messina- Italy

The practical ship-based training course on board R/V Urania is designed to enable Postgraduates and Graduate Students to acquire the practical skills necessary to conduct offshore multidisciplinary marine science research through the core disciplines of Physical and Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology and Geosciences.
This 6 days course will comprise four days of multidisciplinary ship-based training, and two shore-based day of RV logistic and survey planning (pre-survey day), data processing, analysis and integration (post-survey day).
Please note the course is funded through Eurofleets and the National Research Council of Italy, including onboard accommodation and subsistence. All other expenses, including travel and on land accommodation will be paid for by the student.

Practical onboard training course for the PhD students on using new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research - Tallinn, Estonia, August 17th-22nd, 2014

The practical ship-based training course on board R/V Salme is designed to enable PhD Students to acquire advanced practical skills for using new technologies for multidisciplinary oceanographic research (including gliders, autonomous profilers, ferryboxes, and towed instruments).
These 6 days will include two days of multidisciplinary ship-based training, shore-based training of RV logistic and survey planning, data processing, analysis and integration. Students will be accommodated in an academic hostel free of charge.
Travel expenses to and from Tallinn will have to be paid by the students.

Please visit www.eurofleets.eu for more information.

Online application forms (for one or both courses) are available to access at the following links: http://eurofleets.sp.ismar.cnr.it/ or http://150.145.136.9/Eurofleets_Training_2014.html

Online applications must be received by Friday May 23rd at 17:00 hrs (CET)

Announcement of Belmont Forum Call For Observing and Research Sustainability

The Belmont Forum has released a call for proposals on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability as part of its 2014 International Opportunities Fund to encourage interdisciplinary and trandisciplinary science. The call seeks to bring together integrated teams of natural scientists, social scientists, and stakeholders to develop projects that utilize existing Arctic observing systems, datasets and models to evaluate key sustainability challenges and opportunities in the Arctic region.

This funding opportunity will support projects that advance research utilizing and developing both the relevant information streams and the sustainability science necessary to assess, predict, inform, and communicate resilient pathways. The call focuses on four themes relevant to observing and sustainability that hold particular urgency in the Arctic: the natural and living environment, the built environment and infrastructures, natural resource management and development, and governance. Recognizing that the Arctic is a highly interdependent system, these themes are not unrelated and projects may address interactions amongst these themes.

Three types of submissions are being sought – small collaboration grants, synthesis projects, and research proposals. Available funding for meritorious projects is 13 million euros, comprising contributions from Canada, China, France, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Nordic Council of Ministers, Norway, Russia, the United States of America, and the World Ocean Council. Possibilities for collaboration with non-participatory countries exist as well. All proposals require collaboration amongst three or more countries and integrate across natural and social sciences while also including end-users, policy-makers, or other relevant stakeholders in the project. A researcher matching tool is available on the Belmont Forum website to better enable connection between interested international proposers.

For more information about research themes, national priorities and agency contacts, proposal submission documents, and to access the researcher matching tool, please visit the funding website: http://igfagcr.org/cra-2014-arctic-observing-and-research-sustainability . Proposals for this funding opportunity are due 31 July 2014.

New Web-Documentary Series to Profile Researchers Working the Canadian Arctic

by Katriina O'Kane
Profiles from the Arctic, a web-documentary series about research in the Canadian high Arctic, was released today at http://www.arcticprofiles.ca. Distributed over the next several months as a set of 25 profiles, it will bring life to science and field stories from the Arctic, and discuss the importance of conducting research in this challenging environment.

The series will feature interviews conducted with prominent scientists, students, and staff who work around Resolute Bay's Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP), an important research facility and logistics' centre in the Canadian high Arctic. New profiles will be released regularly, in which the audience can engage with audio clips, short videos, and photographs.

A key message of the series is the urgent need for more research in the Canadian Arctic. As the Arctic warms, there is growing interest in developing resources and introducing other forms of economic activity such as shipping. Yet questions remain unanswered about how landscapes and animals across the North will respond. Researchers are helping to answer those questions, studying subjects like contaminants, bacteria, permafrost, glaciers, sharks, lakes, a meteor impact, narwhals, and more. Their field work exposes them to encounters with polar bears and wolves, and offers them a chance to visit some of the most spectacular landscapes in Canada. This web-documentary series is a rare chance to get an intimate view of what researchers do, and the challenges they face.

To explore, visit: www.arcticprofiles.ca

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1 - Catherine Girard is a master's student at the University of Montreal, studying contaminants in food and their digestion by the body. She will be one of the researchers profiled for the web-documentary series: www.arcticprofiles.ca (Katriina O'Kane / Canadian Polar Commission)

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2 - The PCSP (pictured) is an important research station and logistic's centre in the Canadian high Arctic, located near Resolute Bay, Nunavut (Katriina O'Kane / Canadian Polar Commission).

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3 - Marie-Claude Williamson (right) prepares to have her photograph taken, while Katriina (left) holds up a reflector to balance out the strong Arctic sun (Evan Hall / Canadian Polar Commission)

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4 - George Benoit (left) is the warehouse manager at the PCSP, and has been working up in Resolute Bay for 40 years. Christopher Omelon (right) is a scientists studying bacteria-mineral interactions. Both will be profiled in the web-documentary series (Evan Hall / Canadian Polar Commission).

 

 

Upcoming Deadline: Nominations For The Polar Library Colloquy's William Mills Prize for Non-fiction Polar Books

The April 15, 2014 deadline to nominate a title for the William Mills Prize is fast approaching.

The William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books was established in memory of William Mills, a core member of Polar Libraries Colloquy during its middle years and a consummate polar librarian as well as author.
The book prize honors the best Arctic or Antarctic nonfiction books published throughout the world. The prize consists of $300 US and the right to use the William Mills Prize logo when advertising the winning book.
Qualifications for Nomination
1. The book must be nonfiction, about the Arctic or Antarctic.
2. The book may be any type of substantive work of nonfiction, or reference resource. Textbooks, anthologies, edited works, and other small-scale efforts will not be considered unless they are truly outstanding contributions to polar literature.
3. The book must have been published for the first time within the two calendar years before the Colloquy at which the award will be given. The timeframe for the 2014 award is January 2012 to December 2013. Re-releases, translations of older materials, and updated editions will not be eligible.
4. The official language of the Colloquy is English. For this reason books must be published in an English language version to be eligible.
Nominations should include information such as the title, author(s), publisher and date of publication, as well as a statement from the nominator explaining why the the book should be considered for the prize and what value the title brings to polar literature.
For more information about the William Mills Prize, or to submit nominations, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The deadline to submit a nomination is April 15, 2014.
A list of previous William Mills prize winners is available at http://arcticcentre.ulapland.fi/polarweb/plc/mills.asp

Call For Article Ideas - Witness the Arctic

The editors of "Witness the Arctic" invite article suggestions for future issues, including the spring 2014 issue that will be published in mid-June. Welcomed topics include Arctic sciences, data management, related agency updates, and policy or international news.

"Witness the Arctic" is a newsletter that serves an audience of Arctic scientists, educators, agency personnel, and policymakers. It provides information on current Arctic research efforts and findings, significant research initiatives, science education, national policy affecting Arctic research, international activities, and profiles of institutions with major Arctic research efforts. The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) publishes three issues of the newsletter per year with funding from the NSF's Arctic Sciences Section.

"Witness the Arctic" editors welcome suggestions for news items or short articles appropriate for the newsletter and relevant to its audience. Articles should provide information of interest to a broad cross-section of the Arctic and climate change research community. Editors will work with individuals to develop articles based on the suggestions received."

To provide suggestions for articles, please email Betsy Turner-Bogren
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For further information about Witness the Arctic, please see:
http://www.arcus.org/witness-the-arctic.

Or contact:
Betsy Turner-Bogren
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InBev-Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship

Young researchers interested in conducting research in the atmospheric sciences, glaciology, geosciences and microbiology (excluding marine microbiology) at, or near, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station (located in Dronning Maud Land in East Antarctica at 71.57°S 23.20°E) are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be either doctoral researchers or researchers who have completed their PhD within the past 10 years and should submit an original research proposal for a project which will include field campaigns operating from the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station during two austral summers (2014–15 and 2015–16). Please note that the successful applicant will continue to work at their current research organisation.

The deadline for applications is Thursday April 10, 2014.

A joint initiative of the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund and the International Polar Foundation, the €150,000 research grant aims to promote scientific excellence in Antarctica and underscores the crucial role polar science plays in furthering our understanding of the Earth and how it functions.

Detailed information and application documents are available at: http://www.polarfoundation.org/projects/detail/inbev_baillet_latour_fellowship

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brazil's NAVY Realizes Video Contest About Antarctic For High School Students

With the objective of to encourage, recognize, promote and reward young people who demonstrate, through videos, the importance of activities from Brazil in Antarctica the Navy of Brazil promoted a video contest. The target audience were students (15-19 years) of High school of Basic Education. Four students were selected and the prize is a trip to Antarctica for the students (two from private education and two from public education) and four teachers! The selection, from more than 200 videos, was performed by a judging panel which the APECS-Brazil took part. Students will to Antarctica in March and they will experience the logistics of travel and arrival in Antarctica, know the structure that Brazil has in the region, as well as participate in research activities together with researchers from Brazilian Antarctic Program.

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