The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) have won funding from the International Council for Science (ICSU) for a project "Education and Outreach Lessons from IPY". This project will involve an assessment and compilation of recommendations that capture Education and Outreach lessons from the IPY.
The International Polar Year (IPY 2007-2008) is recognised as one of the largest international and interdisciplinary science efforts in history. Aside from ground-breaking research, the IPY has established innovative and effective international education and outreach programmes while stimulating perhaps the largest focused investment in science education in recent times. The IPY education programme represents, in microcosm, a wealth of practical and real-world information by which to address shared IPY and ICSU goals. The outcomes of the Education and Outreach Lessons from IPY - an inventory, preliminary assessment and plans for a more substantive assessment, and recommendations for future activities in polar science education and in science education generally, will prove immensely valuable to the ICSU community and educators and researchers the world over.