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2021 WAIS Workshop - Registration and abstract submission open
From Monday 20 September 2021
To Thursday 23 September 2021
Location Online/Sterling, Virginia

A hybrid 2021 WAIS Workshop is scheduled for September 20-23 at The Algonkian in Sterling, Virginia with an option to participate virtually. The meeting, sponsored by NSF and NASA, hosts transdisciplinary and societally relevant science focused on marine ice-sheet and adjacent Earth systems, with particular emphasis on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. 

The meeting will follow a similar format as past meetings with each topical session followed by panel discussions. As we have done in recent years, the meeting will include a community health session as well as an optional mentoring program for early-career scientists. Prior to the start of the workshop on the evening of September 20, all interested attendees are welcome to participate in an icebreaker dinner and Steering Committee meeting to discuss the future of WAIS Workshops and relevant community issues.


Registration and abstract submission for the hybrid 2021 WAIS Workshop is now open. You can find the registration link and all the workshop details at the 2021 WAIS Workshop website. Please read the website for details about this year’s hybrid meeting.

Space for in-person participants will be limited more than usual depending on evolving venue policies, and on-site lodging is even further limited. Nearly 50% of the 128 survey respondents indicated interest in participating entirely or partially in-person. If you want to participate in-person, register as soon as possible to avoid being placed on a waitlist. 

The deadline for abstract submission is July 30, and the deadline to register for the workshop is August 23. You may register before submitting your abstract. The abstract portal will require a title, co-author information, and a ≤500-word abstract. We also will offer travel and registration fee support for some students and early career researchers, with a preference for those who submit an abstract. Applications for ECR support are due on July 30. We define early-career researchers as students, postdocs or those no more than 5 years from obtaining a PhD. Abstract and early-career support decisions will be announced mid-August. 


The NSF- and NASA-sponsored WAIS Workshop is a transdisciplinary conference focused on marine ice-sheets and adjacent Earth systems, with a particular emphasis on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The Workshop hosts talks and posters from a diversity of fields, including glaciology, oceanography, atmospheric science, biology, data science, computer science, and engineering, in order to capture the full breadth of the marine ice-sheet system in order to constrain the past, present, and future state of West Antarctica. We also encourage researchers studying processes and geographic regions elsewhere in Antarctica and other glaciated regions of our planet. This year’s session include:

·         Piecing the puzzle together: Multi-disciplinary, integrative science in West Antarctica - New research and scientific discoveries that bridge several disciplines in support of big-picture, scientific pursuits in West Antarctica, such as atmosphere-ice-ocean-bed-ecosystem interactions, linkages of surface and basal processes, modern-day connections with the paleo record, and more.

·         Beyond MISI: Novel insights into Antarctic ice sheet processes - New investigations into ice sheet processes, such as basal and grounding line processes, ice shelf stability, crevasses and fracture, processes that results in large ice mass loss such as MICI, surface mass balance, firn processes, and extraordinary snow events and atmospheric rivers.

·         Marine ice sheet sensitivity in the Earth system - Research that highlights and/or integrates understanding of ice sheet response to past, present, and future climate, marine, ice-dynamic and biogeochemical systems, including, but not limited to, studies of ice cores, sediment cores, geology, topography, geomorphology, and numerical models. 

·         Greetings from the future: Innovations in observing and modeling techniques - New boundary conditions, empirical and modeling techniques, Operation IceBridge, ICESat-2, GRACE, GRACE-FO, NISAR, Sentinel, and data science applications for West Antarctic science.

·         WAIS in the community: Civic engagement & co-production of deliverables - We are seeking contributions that provide insight on and examples of civic engagement and co-production of deliverables with people both inside and outside the confines of academic and research institutions that are mutually beneficial to all parties involved, as well as contributions that promote the development of inclusive and equitable research and learning spaces.

Within the science session programming, we will have a community health session focused on mental wellness in academic and research environments led by an expert speaker. Our goal for this session is to promote mental wellness amongst the WAIS community (and beyond) and develop supportive community structures for well-being. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embraced at the WAIS Workshop, and we are committed to creating and maintaining a workshop environment that is safe, inclusive, and welcoming to all genders, races, identities, self-expressions, ethnicities and cultures. Please contact the Organizing Committee if you have any questions or concerns regarding the WAIS Workshop by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hope to see you in person or virtually in September!


The WAIS Workshop Organizing Committee 

Knut Christianson
Indrani Das
Brooke Medley (local co-host; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Peter Neff
Matthew Siegfried
Lauren Simkins (local co-host; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Monday 20 September 2021

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