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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.

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. 

Ph.D. Summer School univie: Vienna Arctic Summer School 2016 (VASS)

The University of Vienna, in cooperation with the European University in St. Petersburg is pleased to announce the call for a Ph.D. summer school that will take place from 08.28. to 09.09.2016 in Vienna, Austria.

VASS is an intensive mix of lectures, workshops and a field trip for Ph. D. students and young researchers, focusing on topics including tourism, resource extraction and infrastructure. The excursion to the Alps showcases a region that has many similarities with the Arctic and has faced similar challenges in the past.

Ph.D. students and early career scholars from the Arctic social sciences are encouraged to apply no later than April 04, 2016 under ilja.steffelbauer(at)univie.ac.at.

For further information see the attached long call or visit our website at:
https://ksa.univie.ac.at/forschung/projekte/enmote-research-group/univie-vass-vienna-arctic-summer-school/

New Polar Challenge Launched

Wanted: Autonomous vehicle for 2,000 kilometre mission under sea-ice
Reward: 500 000 Swiss francs

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation have launched a new Polar Challenge to develop an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) capable of a 2,000 km mission under the sea-ice in the Arctic or Antarctic.

The aim is to stimulate innovation into new monitoring tools for the Polar oceans, to complement satellite observations and ultimately expand scientific research capabilities and climate services in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

The Polar Challenge – with a prize of 500 000 Swiss francs – is being announced during the Arctic Science Summit Week, 12-18 March in Fairbanks, USA.

“With the Polar Challenge, we hope to open new horizons in under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring,” said WCRP Director David Carlson. “This is vital to improve our understanding of the polar oceans which are key indicators of environmental change and which have major influences on global climate.”

“The reliability of long-term climate change outlooks in Polar regions is severely limited by the scarcity and cost of in-situ systematic observations of the sea-ice and below,” emphasized WCRP Senior Scientist Michel Rixen.

“New generation AUVs such as underwater gliders provide a potential cost-effective option for scaling up observing networks for the Polar regions. The Polar Challenge seeks to stimulate innovation in new technology to help scientists unravel some of the mysteries hidden under sea ice,” said Mr Rixen.

The WCRP and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation hope the competition will promote technological innovation towards a future cost-effective, autonomous and scalable observing network for ice-covered ocean regions based on a fleet of such platforms, similar to what ARGO, a global network of more than 3,500 free-drifting floats, has accomplished for the open ocean.

AUVs are already used in an operational context around the world in ice-free zones, and they surface on a regular basis to get a GPS fix and to transmit environmental data. They are able to collect crucial and high quality oceanographic observations (such as temperature, salinity, chlorophyll and acidity) at much lower cost compared to conventional observing systems.

But under the sea-ice, the operating range, positioning and data transmission represent major challenges for current underwater vehicles. The integration of recent progress regarding power systems, and navigation and communication techniques for example, would expand the scope of applications of such vehicles, currently mainly limited to the open ocean.

The Polar Challenge will be at least three-fold, in terms of under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring. It will include a set of specified and required scientific measurements. The challenge offers new potential to develop data sets of ice and under-ice properties in unexplored territories. Eventually these vehicles will help scientists monitor ocean heat, fresh water inputs and exchanges, and ocean acidification in those regions.

The WCRP is inviting contributions from all relevant stakeholders to this important and exciting initiative. This effort advances WCRP research priorities in polar oceans. It will also contribute to the World Meteorological Organization’s Polar initiatives and is expected to benefit the wider stakeholder community (weather, ocean, environment, safety, transport, energy, tourism, etc).

The World Climate Research Programme is sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

For further details, including competition rules and registration, see the Polar Challenge website.

For further information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

World Heritage potential in the Arctic

Marine science experts from around the world gathered at UNESCO’s Headquarters in a two-day working meeting to explore possible new marine World Heritage sites in the Arctic. Experts discussed unique and exceptional Arctic features that could potentially merit inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list for their nature conservation values.

The Arctic is home to geological features and animals found nowhere else in the world. It is also ground zero for climate change, warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. As sea ice retreats and the area becomes increasingly accessible to shipping and oil and gas development, the need for conservation of the area’s Outstanding Universal Values grows.  At present, there are just two World Heritage sites in the region: Ilulissat Icefjord and Natural System of Wrangel Island ReserveEarlier work by the World Heritage Centre and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) determined that the Arctic region is underrepresented on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Participants debated the Arctic regions’ most unique natural features that are currently underrepresented on the World Heritage List, including distinctive geological processes, iconic species and high densities of endemic biodiversity found nowhere else. They also studied potential new sites that could meet the World Heritage criteria and compared them with sites that are currently listed on the tentative World Heritage List.

A key conclusion of the meeting centered on the intimate interaction between local communities, traditional cultures and the Arctic’s natural environment and agreed that the Outstanding Universal Value of the Arctic region should be considered from both its cultural and natural perspectives.

This week’s scientific meeting was part of an innovative multi-year project led by IUCN in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the World Heritage Centre’s Marine Programme. It is made possible through the generous support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The results are expected to be launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, September 2016.

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POLAR ECOLOGY CONFERENCE

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Polar Ecology Conference is organised by the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia from September 19th to September 21st 2016 - see program for more info. Main focus of the conference is the recent dynamics of Arctic ecosystems. Geographically the conference aims to the Arctic with special emphasis on Svalbard. However studies from Antarctica or high mountainous regions are highly appreciated as well.

During last decades the Czech Republic is slowly becoming an important member of the scientific community in the Arctic. We feel that the opportunity of meeting new people and creating new partnerships is especially appreciated by our young scientists and students. Therefore, the main goal of the conference is to welcome especially young researches from both fields of biological and Earth sciences. This conference is supposed to be an ideal place for exchanging knowledge and experiences.

Special attention will be paid to young scientists. The best poster and best oral presentation will be awarded a special prize by the scientific committee. Young scientist category is defined by being a student at the time of the conference or having the PhD finished less than 5 years ago.

APECS PANEL

In cooperation with Yulia Zaika(APECS) and Maja Lisowska (IASC) we will organize an APECS panel on "International scientific cooperation and fundraising". Practical tips from our experienced mentors would certainly help you to proceed in your future career, plan your research stays and prepare all whats necessary! The meeting is intended especially to young scientists but all the others are welcomed as well!


For more information please visit the conference website: http://polar.prf.jcu.cz/pec/pec2016/pec2016.html

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