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ICASS X is postponed to June 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic

iassa logoDear IASSA members and ICASS X participants,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IASSA Council has voted unanimously to postpone ICASS X to June 2021.

We feel that holding ICASS X in person is important for our Association as it is only held on a triennial basis and is a significant event for social scientists, humanities scholars and Indigenous knowledge holders in the Arctic. Postponing ICASS X to June 2021 will provide the Association with an opportunity to host the meeting in a safe and productive environment. In this decision we are also following the recommendations of the Russia’s health authorities to refrain from holding large conferences in the near term.

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INTERACT Photo Competition 2020

INTERACT kindly invites all members of the INTERACT Community to participate in the INTERACT Photo Competition 2020. The purpose of the competition is to gather high-quality photographs from the Arctic and northern boreal and alpine areas for use in an INTERACT Coffee Table Book to be published in autumn 2020 to celebrate INTERACT and its achievements since its start in 2011.

A more thorough description of the purpose of the competition and how to participate can be found on the INTERACT website. Note that the deadline for submitting photos is 15 April 2020. 


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ASSW2021: Call for Sessions

iasc webIn 2021 the ASSW will take place in Lisbon from 20 to 26 March 2021 under the theme: “The Arctic: Regional changes, Global impacts”, with the three last days reserved for the OPEN SCIENCE CONFERENCE (OSC). The event will bring together scientists, Indigenous people, Arctic community members, and Arctic science stakeholders from all over the world to present and discuss the most recent advances on Arctic knowledge across disciplines, from the natural sciences to the humanities. The OSC will also be an opportunity to foster research synergies between both Polar Regions, with sessions that target both Poles welcomed.

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SCAR launches its Antarctic Fellowship opportunities for early career researchers

SCAR logo white backgroundSCAR launches its 2020 Antarctic-related Fellowships for early-career researchers today. SCAR will offer 3 to 4 fellowships of up to USD $15,000 each for 2020. The Fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic field seasons. 

The deadline for fellowship applications is 26 August 2020.

Find out how to apply for the fellowship here:

The SCAR Secretariat has compiled a list of frequently asked questions on our website (, where you can also find an overview of past and present SCAR Fellows (

Podcast Available: The IcePod — Episode Three

YOPP LOGO beb4effb3cEpisode Three of The Icepod, the official podcast for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic, is now available.

The IcePod features people involved in two big international projects: the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) and the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC).

The third episode of the IcePod features Stefan Hendricks, a sea ice physicist at the Alfred Wegener Institute who joined the first Leg of MOSAiC and worked along the Remote Sensing team on board Polarstern.

Further Information about The IcePod

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