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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.

2nd Snow Science Winter School - February 2016 - Switzerland

Dear all,

We are happy to announce that the registration for the 2nd Snow Science Winter School is opened.

The 2nd Snow Science Winter School will take place on 14-20 February 2016, at Preda and Davos, Switzerland. It aims to teach advanced techniques for snow characterization, such as micro-tomography, measurements of specific surface area by reflection and spectroscopy, high-resolution penetrometer... The school is organized in field and laboratory training courses, combined with theoretical lessons in the classroom.

Any graduate student or post-doc working on snow or in some snow related field is welcome to participate. The course corresponds to 3 ETCS-Points.

Registration and detailed information on the 2nd SSWS are available on the website:
Special funding is available for students form member states of the Arctic Council.
Applications will close on November 10, 2015.

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

Martin Schneebeli and Neige Calonne
WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

GIA Training School 13 - 19 September - Opportunity for Virtual Participation

A training school focused on exploring glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) modeling will be held from 13-19 September 2015. The school entails training on GIA modeling and relevant processes, including ice mass change, solid-earth deformation, and sea-level and geoid variations. Virtual participation in the lecture segments of the course has been organized. As a virtual participant, you will have the option of attending 11 lecture sessions beginning on 14 September and concluding on 18 September 2015. At the website address below you will find links for each lecture as well as important instructions for using the webinar software interface.

Student Opportunities: ESIP Student Fellowship and Raskin Scholarship

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Raskin Scholarship (due 10/1) and ESIP Student Fellows (due 10/9).

ESIP Student Fellows are graduate students interested in bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group (ESIP collaboration area) on current Earth Science problems. Student fellows become engaged in ESIP collaboration areas as rapporteurs, documenting group activities on monthly telecons and at ESIP’s semi-annual meetings (Summer/Winter). As fellows become more familiar with collaboration-area activities they may choose to integrate their own research, which can result in publication and additional funding opportunities. Student Fellows will receive a stipend of $2000 plus travel expenses to the summer and winter ESIP meetings.

The Raskin Scholarship is in memory of Rob Raskin, a long-time ESIP community member and major contributor to Earth science informatics field. The scholarship is awarded to a current graduate student studying an Earth science, computer science or closely related discipline and have an interest in fields related to current technical, scientific or applied activities of the ESIP Federation. In addition to a cash prize, the awarded scholar will give a keynote talk at the 2015 ESIP Summer Meeting.

Please feel free to forward these opportunities along to other networks of interest. For full details on the either of these opportunities see the ESIPFed website. For questions, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

5th International Forum: The Arctic: Today and the Future

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Annual International Forum “The Arctic: today and the Future” will take place in St-Petersburg on December. The Forum summarizes public agenda in sphere of the Arctic zone development, gather topical issues, initiatives and propositions in annual Resolution which reflect all-Russian, regional and sectoral agendas. 

Forum “The Arctic: today and the Future” is held under the aegis of the IRPO “Association of Polar Explorers”. Association of Polar Explorers is a public leader and participates in north regions development through joint efforts of all public parties interested in Russian Arctic development.

The Forum is an effective instrument for direct interaction of business and society representatives concerning ecological management of natural resources, transport and transit potential and energy complex, education and science, national safety and international cooperation. 

More than 1000 delegates of the International Forum “The Arctic: today and the Future” from Russia and foreign countries are expected to participate. Representatives of federal and regional authorities, state corporations, scientific and educational organizations, civil society, foreign participants of the international cooperation will be among them. There will be an exhibition covering more than 1500 sq.m in the specialized area.

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The Russian National Committee of APECS - The Polar Initiative - is invited to participate in this forum and take part in some of the panels and discussions.

Arctic Days in Moscow

Federal Arctic Forum «ARCTIC DAYS in MOSCOW» organized by Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation will take place November 19 – 21, 2015,  in Moscow.

This year's forum promises a lot of interesting activities. Last year The ARCTIC DAYS, November 2014, was attended by over 3500 people. More than 2000 scientists and specialists  from Moscow, Russian Arctic Regions, Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Island, Chech took part  in discussion of topical issues of the Arctic region at the scientific conference "The Arctic Open", which has become a key event of  ARCTIC DAYS in MOSCOW. The Federal Arctic Forum «ARCTIC DAYS in MOSCOW» is held from 2010 and traditionally causes the  huge public & media interest. This event is very popular in scientific and political circles. In 2015 ARCTIC DAYS in MOSCOW includes next events: Panel Dicussion «THE BUSINESS CLIMATE IN THE ARCTIC», II International Scientific Conference «OPEN ARCTIC», Folk Festival «HELLO! IT'S ARCTIC!», Multimedia Exhibition «THE ARCTIC».

The main goals of the forum: drawing attention to the natural, historical and cultural sites in the Arctic, increasing of the tourism attractiveness of the Far North of Russia, showing Great North and dialogue about environmental problems in the Arctic.

For more information please visit the conference's website -

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Geoscience Paper of the Future - Training Opportunities

The OntoSoft project is offering training sessions for geoscientists to learn best practices in software and data sharing, provenance documentation, and scholarly publication. These training sessions will be offered in different modalities throughout 2015. Training materials will be freely available on line.

Upcoming trainings:
August 17, 2015 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
September 28, 2015 at NCAR, Boulder, CO
September 28, 2015 at USGS, Golden, CO
October 9, 2015 at LDEO, New York, NY
October 30, 2015 at UT Austin, Austin, TX
November 2, 2015 at GSA, Baltimore, MD
December 2015 at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Webinars will be held:
Wednesday September 16, 2015 at 10am PDT
Monday November 9, 2015 at 10am PDT

For more information, please visit

Early Bird registration until 31 August: "In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process - Local and Global Arctic" 24-26 Nov 2015 Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Dear APECS members,

The Early Bird registration to our forthcoming conference ”In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process – Local and Global Arctic” is open until 31 August.

Please note also the discount prices for PhD and MA students!

With the theme “Local and Global Arctic” the conference will discuss global, regional and local views on the ongoing developments in the Arctic. In addition to discussing the local impacts of global projects and processes in the Arctic, also the roles of organizations such as the Arctic Council and the European Union in bridging Arctic stakeholders will be highlighted. More information:

The conference will take place in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland on 24-26 November 2015. The conference is organized by the City of Rovaniemi, the University of Lapland and its Arctic Centre and the Arctic Society of Finland.

The program will consist of keynote speeches in two Plenary Sessions as well as scientific presentations in Parallel Thematic Sessions. Moreover, a variety of social program is organized, such as a Pre-Conference excursion on 24 November. More information at the Conference website:

Thematic sessions and chairs:

A The European Union and the Arctic – Paula Kankaanpää, Marine Research Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute, and Malgorzata Smieszek and Markku Heikkilä, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

B Arctic Transportation Infrastructure and Services: Regulation, Public-private Partnerships, Weather and Climate Information – Tero Vauraste, Arctia Shipping and Petteri Taalas, Finnish Meteorological Institute

C Natural Resources in the Arctic – Jukka Similä, University of Lapland, Virpi Alenius, Natural Resources Institute Finland and Vesa Nykänen, Geological Survey of Finland

D Geopolitics of the Global Arctic by the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security – Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland and Matthias Finger, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

E Arctic Urbanization, Urban Politics and Sustainable Development – Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland and Aileen Espiritu, the Barents Institute, University of Tromso

F Arctic Cities and Design – Päivi Tahkokallio, Tahkokallio Design+ Ltd. and Timo Jokela, University of Lapland

G Contemporary Art and Northern Heritage - Art as Innovation – Timo Jokela and Glen Coutts, University of Lapland

H Arctic Indigenous Peoples Livelihoods and Languages – Liisa Holmberg, Sámi Education Institute

I Work and Well-Being in the Arctic – Hannu Rintamäki, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

J Indigenous Tourism in the Arctic Region – Opportunities and Challenges – Johan Edelheim and Daniela Tommasini, Multidimensional Tourism Institute

Keynote speakers in Plenaries and Thematic Sessions include:

Tara Sweeney, Arctic Economic Council

Johnny Edmonds, World Indigenous Tourism Alliance WINTA

Petteri Taalas, Finnish Meteorological Institute

Tero Vauraste, Arctia Shipping

Timo Koivurova, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Link to the online registration form:

More information about the conference:


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Conference manager: researcher Ilona Mettiäinen, Arctic Centre, University of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rovaniemi-Lapland Congresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We hope to see you in Rovaniemi in November!

The Organizing Committee

EU-PolarNet Project

EUPolarNet logo2EU-PolarNet is the world’s largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research. Seventeen countries are represented by 22 of Europe’s internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions. From 2015-2020, EU-PolarNet will develop and deliver a strategic framework and mechanisms to prioritise science, optimise the use of polar infrastructure, and broker new partnerships that will lead to the co-design of polar research projects that deliver tangible benefits for society. By adopting a higher degree of coordination of polar research and operations than has existed previously the consortium engages in closer cooperation with all relevant actors on an international level.

For more information go to or find them on Facebook and Twitter

Ottawa Traditional Knowledge Principles

Traditional Knowledge has been formally recognized by the Arctic Council as important to understanding the Arctic in numerous Ministerial Declarations, including the 1996 Ottawa Declaration on the establishment of the Arctic Council.

The Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (IPS), in partnership with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (ANNDC), led two workshops in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 with the objective of developing recommendations for consistent and practical use of traditional knowledge in the work of the Arctic Council. At these workshops, IPS facilitated discussions and debate amongst experts nominated by the six Indigenous Peoples Organizations being Permanent Participants (PP) to the Arctic Council, who collectively developed a set of 13 fundamental principles on Traditional Knowledge for the use in the Arctic Council.

The principles are known as the" Ottawa Traditional Knowledge Principles“ and can be found here:

Young scientists discussed the problems of Arctic region in Murmansk, Russia

Last month in the building of the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute the 15th International Scientific Conference of students and graduate students "Problems of the Arctic region" was held.

The welcoming words were addressed by Professor Dr.Vladimir K. Zhirov from Russian Academy of Sciences, who told that this conference is organized every year and it became a tradition for the young scientists of Murmansk region and beyond such as Siberia, the Urals, Central Russia and the Far East.

The range of issues covered in the course of the scientific sections was wide from "Biology and Medicine", "Geology and Geophysics of the Arctic region", "Humanities and social challenges", "Information Technology and Mathematical Methods" "Marine biology" to "Problems of education in the Arctic region", "physical problems", "Chemical and technological problems", "Ecology of the North", "Economic Problems of development of the Arctic."

This year the number of reports submitted to the conference was quite large, and therefore conference "Problems of the Arctic Region" is a great place for young researchers to try their hand at public speaking, to be able to competently write and arrange their thesis work and receive important and sensible comments on their research by the colleagues.

The 6th Early Career Scientists conference – Looking ahead: Oceans, Earth and Human Impact

ECC 2015The conference for early career scientists: "The 6th Early Career Scientists conference – Looking ahead: Oceans, Earth and Human Impact".
When: October 5th to 7th, 2015
Where: Wissenschaftszentrum, Kiel, Germany
The conference is organised mainly by and for PhD students and PostDocs and continues the Early Career Scientists Conference series initiated by the three German Marine and Climate Science Clusters of Excellence in Bremen (MARUM), Hamburg (CliSAP) and Kiel (Future Ocean).
More information at:

Abstract submission and iregistration is now open and ends July 31.
There is no conference fee!

Arctic Summer College 2015

Ecologic Institute and its partners are pleased to announce the 2015 Arctic Summer College and are seeking applications from emerging leaders working to improve Arctic governance from around the world. The Arctic Summer College creates a network of emerging leaders and experts that will be brought together for 8 weeks in a series of web-based seminars (webinars) Thursdays from 18:00-20:00 Central European Time from June 25 to August 13. The program aims to build a lasting, policy-oriented network of Arctic professionals to strengthen communication between peoples and nations, scientific disciplines, policy areas, and across the science-policy interface to improve governance and sustainable development in the Arctic. Fellows may earn spots to travel and present their work at this year's Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik. Participation in the Arctic Summer College is open to applicants with a minimum of two years of experience in a related field, and a desire to share perspectives and seek professional collaboration with a network of peers. The course will be conducted in English. Applicants will be accepted until June 11.

More information here or go to the Arctic Summer College 2015 website

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