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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.

Call for papers: Polar Museums Network conference

PolarMusNet imageThe Polar Museums Network is a new international initiative to strengthen and spread the knowledge of polar history, science and exploration. The PMN is open to all museums, institutions and individuals with an interest in the collection, preservation, research and interpretation of polar artefacts. (Further information about the PMN can be found at: www.polarmuseumsnetwork.org.)

The PMN will be holding its inaugural conference this autumn, 21–23 October 2016 at the Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway. The conference theme is Polar Partnerships: Working together to spread the knowledge of polar history, science and exploration. The conference will feature presentations and discussion sessions.

The PMN invites proposals for presentations and discussion sessions. Your proposal should include your name and email address, the title or topic, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Please see the attached Call for Papers or the PMN website for further details. Please submit all proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3 June 2016.

Call for papers: Human and Societal Security in the Circumpolar Arctic

aklogo enHuSArctic project organizes an international conference on Human and Societal Security in the Circumpolar Arctic in March 25-28, 2017 in Enontekiö, Finland and Kautokeino, Norway. The specific focus of the conference is on the Barents region and its environment, sustainability and development.

HuSArctic project teams up researchers from numerous countries and various backgrounds to jointly elaborate on multiple vulnerabilities and challenges to the Arctic population, with a specific reference to the Barents region. The project is hosted by the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Center of the University of Lapland.

In order to bring together these researchers, we organize an international conference on the Finnish-Norwegian border, in a beautiful Lappish setting. As the conference will take place during the St Mary’s Day (Marianpäivät), we will also visit the Sámi festival in Hetta (Enontekiö).
Transportation from Rovaniemi to Enontekiö will be arranged, and a number of travel grants are available for covering travel costs to Rovaniemi.

Call for papers by 15 July
We welcome academic papers from early career scientists at their advanced level of doctoral research as well as from the post-docs to present at the conference.
Please send your abstract (maximum 300 words) with your name, title, affiliation and contact information by 15 July, 2016 by email to the following address: husarctic.conference2017(at)gmail.com.

The accepted abstracts will be announced by July 30, 2016. The deadline for paper submission is 15 September, 2016.

More information:
Detailed call for papers can be found from here.

Application open for the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE)

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The Explorers Club is proud to be accepting applications on behalf of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) Maritime University under the auspices of the Russian Geographical Society. Philanthropist, polar explorer, and Honorary Director Dr. Fredrik Paulsen is sponsoring this Antarctic Circumpolar Research Expedition in 2016-2017.

NOTE: DEADLINE DATE IS MAY 27th 2016 17:00 CET

The ACE Maritime University is offering Masters and early Ph.D. students from the UK, Australia, South Africa, France, Switzerland, Russia, Norway and the USA the opportunity to follow a 3-4 week intensive course onboard the Akademik Treshnikov during a ~25 day transit cruise prior to the expedition. The departure from Bremerhaven (Germany) is planned on November 20th and will arrive in Cape Town, South Africa approximately on December 16th 2016.

Applications will be accepted from graduates with a background in marine sciences. Master level students and Ph.D. students registered at a university in the ACE partner countries (Australia, France, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and the USA are eligible. Five to six US applicants will be selected by The Explorers Club.

Among other areas, students should be interested in studying one or more of the following themes:

• Physical Oceanography
• Biological Oceanography
• Biogeochemistry and the Carbon Cycle
• Atmospheric Science
• Marine Instrumentation
• Data Management and Analysis

There will be 40-45 students onboard together with approximately 20 experienced researchers who will be setting up their equipment for the ACE cruise and will contribute to the teaching/mentoring on the ACE Maritime University expedition. Additionally, the group will be split into 2 groups, each with one coordinator and will do both classroom and practical work.

All costs (including one night in Bremerhaven and Cape Town, and all travel and subsistence will be covered apart from the students’ medical coverage (private or university health insurance) and their outdoor gear for the cruise (which should not require anything exceptional).

Please visit the website to download application form.

Click here for additional important program details

All Applicants should send their application files/forms in one batch to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 27th 2016 with a copy to The Explorers Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Announcements of awards are expected by early July.

NOTE: The eligibility of applicants is determined by his/her academic affiliation, not his/her nationality (i.e. a Swiss student studying at an Italian university will not be eligible; and an Australian citizen studying in the UK will fall under the UK group, and is eligible).

Footage of Falkland Islands sought

The Department of Agriculture of the Falkland Islands plans to create a film on biosecurity issues to show to all incoming passengers and thereby help to protect the environment, wildlife, people and the economy of the Falkland Islands.

Footage is particularly welcomed of:

  • general landscape and scenery
  • Falkland's wildlife
  • People (locals and tourists)
  • Industries (farming, fishing, tourism etc.)
  • Footage with a strong biosecurity message from memorable events e.g. foot and mouth

All footage will be credited.

Please send footage to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Full details here.

Opportunity to take part in 'Under the Pole' expedition

The UTP Team invites international scientists to take part in the UTP III Expedition "From Pole to Pole" onboard a polar schooner, the "Why". The idea is to propose to young scientists to conduct their fieldwork onboard this science international expedition. The UTP III expedition is a three years of circumnavigation and submarine exploration from Arctic to Antarctic dedicated to scientific programs focusing on a better understanding of the marine world.

The goal is to offer to scientists a unique opportunity to study the marine environment of the Arctic, Pacific, Antarctic and Atlantic oceans by providing them innovative human underwater exploration facility from the surface down to 130 meters. The expedition scientific team and experts will select 10 research projects focused on marine science, marine biology, chemistry, marine conservation, biodiversity and aiming to unravel key scientific questions arising from recent and innovative research.

For further information about Under The Pole and its series of underwater expeditions, please visit the website.

For detailed instructions for applying including expedition planning information, the polar schooner the "Why", services and underwater tools, selection criteria, please download the full announcement.

For questions, please contact the scientific team at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Polar governance conference: Call for papers

The Collaborative Innovation Centre for Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights (CICTSMR), the Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL), Wuhan University, China and the School of Law, University of New England, Australia are pleased to announce the call for papers for the “Conservation of Marine Living Resources in the Polar Regions: Science, Politics and Law” Conference.

The conference will be held on 25-26 March 2017.

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 September 2016. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by an international panel of reviewers. Selected speakers will be notified by 15 November 2016. It is anticipated that an edited book of papers or a special issue of journal articles from the Conference would be published in 2018.

For more details and a list of confirmed speakers please visit the conference website.

Apply now for the 2016 Arctic Summer College

Arctic Summer CollegeEcologic Institute US and Ecologic Institute Berlin are now accepting applications until May 29, 2016, from motivated students and professionals passionate about the people and the environment of the Arctic.

Through this one-of-a-kind 8-week virtual campus, participants from around the world learn about contemporary issues affecting the Arctic and engage in discussions with experts, exchanging views and creating a lively learning environment. The curriculum focuses on climate change adaptation, natural resource management, biodiversity protection, environmental governance, energy policy, security, and human health.

The College provides opportunities to develop academic skills, broaden professional and academic networks, and engage with policy and thought leaders working every day on the critical issues facing the Arctic.

This year, we are offering two tracks to choose from: Arctic Summer College for Students and Arctic Summer College for Professionals, each tailored to best benefit the participants.

Both programs offer:
To learn more about each track and begin your application, follow the link below to your preferred program.

Application for Arctic Summer College for Students:
http://goo.gl/forms/Q4w0wbXr0a

Application for Arctic Summer College for Professionals:
http://goo.gl/forms/1RqBUhTiHx

Application deadline: May 29, 2016

For questions about the application process, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about past programs, visit http://arcticsummercollege.org.
We look forward to receiving your application.

Sincerely,
The Arctic Summer College Team

International school-conference for young scientists “Climate, geography and environment of the Russian Arctic”

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We are pleased to announce the International school-conference for young scientists “Climate, geography and environment of the Russian Arctic” which will take place in Apatity town, Murmansk region, Russia on 4-10 September 2016.

The conference is organized by the Institute of the North Industrial Ecology Problems (Kola Science Center RAS), Institute of Geography RAS, the Faculty of Geography Lomonosov Moscow State University and A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics RAS. We would like to invite you to register to our event especially if you are Bachelor, Master or PhD students or young scientists under 35 years old. The school will have a focus on research in the field of geography, palaeogeography, climatology and oceanography of polar regions of Russia within the following topics:

  1. Evolution and modern dynamics of terrestrial and marine ecosystems of the Arctic;
  2. Present conditions and projected changes of the climatic system of the Arctic;
  3. History of study and exploration of the Russian Arctic;
  4. Ecologic, economic and social problems of the Arctic;
  5. Perspectives of the development of Arctic region in the changing climate

The conference programme will be complimented by the lectures and presentations of senior scientists and experts in the field of Arctic research. The most interesting presentations of the young scientists will be considered for publication in the periodicals of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

No registration fee is required. Travel and accommodation costs are the sole responsibility of participants. Official languages of the conference – Russian and English.

Important deadlines:

1 May – Conference website launched, registration form is available online at http://apatity2016.ru

1 June – Registration deadline

For any questions, please get in touch with the Organizing Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

More information coming soon!

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Arctic-FROST travel awards

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The Arctic-FROST research coordination network announces the availability of travel awards for Early Career Researchers to attend The Third Arctic-FROST network meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context in Vienna, Austria on 9-12 September 2016.

Application Deadline: 30 April 2016

Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North (Arctic-FROST) is a new NSF-funded international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and
community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at
improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under
changing climate conditions

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context. Papers should deal with one
of the following topics:

Sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic of particular relevance to the rest of the world;
Comparative studies of sustainability between Arctic and other regions;
Studies from various geographic contexts, which provide valuable insights into Arctic sustainability; and
Studies that analyze the role of outside actors in arctic sustainable development.

The main focus question of the conference is "What Can Arctic Sustainability Research Learn from or Teach the Rest of the World?"

To be Eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be an early career scholar (5 years since PhD) or current graduate student;
- Be an Arctic-FROST network member. You can register online.
-Be prepared to make an oral presentation on the subject related to sustainability and/or sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic regions at the meeting; and
- Be available to participate in all conference and workshop activities.

Applications are being accepted from eligible applicants in all countries, disciplines and institution types. Applications from Indigenous scholars and Arctic residents are especially encouraged.

To apply please send an extended abstract of your paper (500-700 words) a short biosketch (1 page), and a statement of interest for
participating in the workshop (1 page) to Ann Crawford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Andrey Petrov (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Arctic-FROST will cover full cost of attendance including travel and accommodations. The participants will be expected to comply with NSF travel requirements.

For more information, go to: http://uni.edu/arctic/frost/

IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016

The IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme invites you to submit up to 3 photographs per category: (A) Marine Life (B) The Poles (C) Destinations (D) Human impact (E) Marine Conservation (F) Open Choice.

Please send your photos and any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For rules and more information visit: www.tinyurl.com/2016GMPPphotocompetition. Open for entries until the 25th of May 2016

Arctic-FROST Annual Network Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop 2016

NSF Arctic-FROST ANNUAL NETWORK MEETING AND EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS WORKSHOP: Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context: What can we learn from or teach the rest of the world?

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, SEPTEMBER 9-12, 2016

The Arctic-FROST research coordination network is pleased to announce the availability of travel awards for Early Career Researchers to attend The Third Arctic-FROST network meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context in Vienna, Austria (September 9-12, 2016).

Arctic-FROST: Arctic FRontiers Of SusTainability: Resources, Societies, Environments and Development in the Changing North is a new NSF-funded international interdisciplinary collaborative network that teams together environmental and social scientists, local educators and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development, specifically aimed at improving health, human development and well-being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under changing climate conditions

The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is on Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context. Papers could deal with (1) sustainability and sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic of particular relevance to the rest of the world, (2) comparative studies of sustainability between Arctic and other regions, (3) studies from various geographic contexts, which provide valuable insights into Arctic sustainability, (4) studies that analyze the role of outside actors in arctic sustainable development are welcome.

  • The main focus question of the conference is “What can Arctic sustainability research learn from or teach the rest of the world?”

At this first meeting the Arctic-FROST casts a wide net and welcomes papers that address one of the following broad categories:

  • Sustainable environments
  • Sustainable economies
  • Sustainable cultures
  • Sustainable regions/communities

All participants:

  1. Will present their work at the Annual Meeting (all papers/presentations will be published online and considered for inclusion in the Arctic-FROST edited volume and/or in Polar Geography)
  2. Will participate in discussions and round tables with leading sustainability science researchers
  3. Will participate in the Workshop activities immediately following the Annual Meeting

Eligibility: an applicant shall be

  1. early career scholar (5 years since PhD) or current graduate student;
  2. Arctic-FROST network member by registering at www.uni.edu/arctic/frost
  3. prepared make an oral presentation on the subject related to sustainability and/or sustainable development in the Arctic or Sub-Arctic regions at the meeting and
  4. available to participate in all conference and workshop activities.

We accept applications from eligible applicants from all countries, disciplines and institution types. Applications from Indigenous scholars and Arctic residents are especially encouraged.

Funding: Arctic-FROST will cover full cost of attendance including travel and accommodations. Normally funds will be paid after the travel is completed; based on the reimbursement claim. The participants will be expected to comply with NSF travel requirements.

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2016

Application: submit extended abstract of your paper (500-750 words), short biosketch (1 page), statement of interest in workshop participation (1 page), register as Arctic-FROST member at www.uni.edu/arctic/frost

Send your applications and inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (copy to both emails).

Call for Papers: A European Arctic Policy: the role of non-Arctic members

The International Congress A European Arctic Policy: the role of non- Arctic Member States (June 10, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain) will discuss the role played by non- Arctic European Member States in designing a regional Arctic policy. The conference will be developed on the basis of the papers received through the call issued in April 2015.

The call for papers is open to all early careers, researchers and senior scientists whose contributions can enrich the reflection on the topic.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS - DEADLINE 30 APRIL 2016

More information here. 

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