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Call for Applications and Nominations: Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections

Call for Applications and Nominations: Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections
Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.
Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska invite applications from and/or nominations of Arctic Indigenous scholars.

For the purposes of this opportunity, scholars are defined as an expert within their own knowledge system. This includes hunters, fishers, and gatherers; those that process and store food; health aides; and others. It includes youth, elders, and adults. Education may come from the land, the water, or a classroom.

The selected scholars will travel to Washington D.C. during spring 2019 and meet with officials at U.S. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other groups. Four selected scholars will be able to share their interests via a seminar and meetings, learn of available resources, build toward collaborative relationships, and provide on-the-ground perspectives to key Arctic decision-makers.

For more information, including how to apply or nominate a scholar, go to:
Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars homepage

Nomination deadline: 28 December 2018, 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time
Application deadline: 10 January 2019, 5:00 p.m. Alaska Standard Time

For questions, contact:
Lisa Sheffield Guy
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 907-474-1600

Join meetings of ARCUS, SIPN2, ALPACA and SAS at AGU Fall Meeting 2018

The Synoptic Arctic Survey Informational Meeting

Event date/time: Thursday, 13 December 2018, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Event location: Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center hotel, Duke Ellington Room 1

The Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) will be hosting an informational meeting during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting. This open meeting will convene 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, 13 December 2018 at the Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center(899 O Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001), Duke Ellington Room 1, in Washington D.C. The SAS is a developing international program envisioned to mount a coordinated, multi-nation, oceanographic field-based effort on a Pan Arctic Scale quasi-synoptically over a single season to achieve the baseline understanding of the fundamental structure and function of the linked carbon-ecosystem-physical systems that will permit detection of ongoing and future changes. Development of the program has been ongoing since 2015. This meeting will include an informal presentation and a questions and answers session on the status of the effort. Meeting organizers include SAS Science Steering Committee Chair, Øyvind Paasche, and SAS Science Steering Committee Members, Carin Ashjian and Jackie Grebmeier.

For questions, contact: Carin Ashjian: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Alaskan Layered Pollution and Chemical Analysis (ALPACA) Project Meeting

Event date/time: Wednesday, 12 December, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Event location: Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center, Duke Ellington Room 1

The Alaskan Layered Pollution and Chemical Analysis (ALPACA) project will be hosting an open meeting during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 Fall Meeting. This meeting will convene 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at the Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center (899 O Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001), Duke Ellington Room 1, in Washington D.C. This planning meeting will give updates on the project and highlight the release of the whitepaper for the ALPACA field campaign. The whitepaper describes open scientific questions regarding pollution processes relevant to cold and dark conditions and the design of a field project to close some of these knowledge gaps. This document is available on the ALPACA website. Organizers look forward to working with community members to make progress in understanding wintertime pollution in the North.

For more information about ALPACA and to access the whitepaper, go to: ALPACA webpage

For questions, contact: William Simpson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sea Ice Prediction Network - Phase 2 (SIPN2)
Open Meeting for Sea Ice Research Community

Date: Tuesday, 11 December
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (EST).
Location: Room Duke 1 (ARCUS Arctic Community Meeting Room) in the Cambria Hotel Washington Downtown/Convention Center 899 O Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001

The SIPN2 Project Team invites the sea ice research community to join them  in an open meeting during the 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meetings in Washington, D.C.

This meeting is organized to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration among members of sea ice research community. A brief overview of the 2018 Arctic sea ice/Sea Ice Outlook Season will also be provided.
Meeting participants are invited to share a one-minute update about their projects/efforts related to sea ice prediction and/or observations, including:

  •  The name, and a brief summary, of your project/effort (in lay-person language),
  • A key highlight of your project,
  • Any opportunities you seek/offer for collaboration with other community members, and
  • Contact information for sharing additional information.

A PowerPoint template is available for those who want to share information in a slide format. For further details, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren, ARCUS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Additional information about this meeting and other related presentations at AGU is available online at SIPN2 Presentations at AGU 2018.


Save the Date
ARCUS Annual Meeting and Arctic Research Community Reception

Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S.

Annual Meeting date/time: Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Community Reception date/time: Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Event location: Cambria Hotel Washington D.C. Convention Center, Duke Ellington rooms 1 and 2

Please join the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) on Wednesday, 12 December from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for our 2018 Annual Meeting. The Arctic Research Community Reception will take place 7:00-8:30 p.m., directly following the Annual Meeting. These events will take place in Washington D.C. at the Cambria Hotel (899 O St NW, Rooms: Duke Ellington 1 and 2). The 2018 Annual Meeting agenda will focus on ARCUS member priorities for Arctic research, education, and outreach. This meeting is open to anyone interested in Arctic research. An ARCUS member affiliation is not required to attend. Registration for the AGU Fall Meeting is also not a requirement. For members unable to attend the Annual Meeting in person, there will also be a simultaneous web-conference to enable remote viewing of the event and participation in group break-out discussions. Please register as a "webinar only" attendee to receive remote participation details. Following the meeting, all participants are also invited to join us for the Arctic Research Community Reception, taking place in the same location from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This year's reception has been made possible through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), and both the international and U.S. Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). There is no cost to participate in either the Annual Meeting or Arctic Research Community Reception. However, advance registration is encouraged for both events.

To register for the ARCUS Annual Meeting, go to:
Annual Meeting Registration Form

To register for the Arctic Research Community Reception, go to:
Community Reception Registration Form

For questions, contact: Alex Thornton: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for nominations for IACS Early-Career Scientist awards

 The IACS Early Career Scientist Prize is awarded to two nominated early career scientists who are assessed as having published the best scientific papers on a cryospheric subject during the calendar years 2017 or 2018. The award is a cash prize of € 1000 plus a certificate, which will be awarded at the IUGG Assembly in Montreal in July 2019.

Nomination form and guidelines are found on the IACS webpage. Nomination deadline is 15 February 2019.

IACS will (co-) host more than 30 symposia at IUGG 2019 and offers travel grants

The 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly will be held in July 2019 in Montréal, Canada. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of IUGG. IACS will host or co-host more than 30 symposia between 9 -13 July, with a wide range of snow and ice topics. See list below.

Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado, USA, will give the prestigious Union Lecture in Cryospheric Sciences. 

Abstract deadline is 18 February 

JC01 – Projecting Sea Level in the 21st Century and Beyond
JC02 – Atmosphere-Ocean-Sea Ice Interactions: Local Processes and Global Implications
JC03 – Mountain Cryosphere Hazards
JC04 – Declining Glaciers and Snow Cover and Their Impacts on Downstream Hydrology
JC05 – Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Snow, Permafrost, Lake and River Ice
JC06 – Is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Collapsing? - Atmosphere, Ice, And Ocean Interactions
JC07 – Gravity-Driven Flows in the Earth System
JC08 – Coupling Processes between the Atmospheric Boundary-Layer and Snow/Ice Surfaces: Observations & Modelling
JS01 – Cryo seismology
JG01 – Interactions of Solid Earth, Ice Sheets and Oceans

C01 – Glacier Monitoring from In-Situ and Remotely Sensed Observations
C02 – Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere - Into an Era of High-Repeat Rate Time Series
C03 – Advances in Glacier and Ice Cap Modelling
C04 – Progress in Quantifying Ice-Sheet Surface Mass Balance: Past, Present and Future
C05 – Fast Glacier Flow: Processes, Observations and Modelling of Ice Streams, Tidewater Glaciers and Surging Glaciers C06 – New Frontiers in Paleoclimate Reconstructions and Proxy Interpretations from Ice Cores
C07 – The Hydrological Cycle at High Latitudes: Variability, Changes and Impacts on the Cryosphere
C08 – Tropical Glaciers: Mass Changes, Climate Forcing and Impacts
C09 – Debris Covered Glaciers
C10 – Challenges in Measuring and Modeling Snow Mechanics
C11 – Towards the Development of a World Snow Centre of Excellence?
C12 – Observations and Modeling of Impacts to Snow and Glaciers Due to Deposition of Light-Absorbing Particles
C13 – Advances in the Application of Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclides on Glacial Landscapes
C14 – Cryospheric Processes and Related Socioeconomic Services
C15 – 125 Years of the Commission Internationale des Glaciers - Aspects of the History of Cryospheric Sciences

JM08 – Earth System Models: Assessing the Earth System’s State and Fate from Regional to Planetary Scales JM09 – Satellite Remote Sensing: Vital Information on the Health Of our Planet
JP04 – Past Changes, in the Atmosphere, Oceans and Cryosphere, and their Relevance For Future Climate. H17 – Advances in Snow Hydrology

H18 – Advances In Remote Observation of Seasonal Snow

Session descriptions with convener teams of the cryospheric symposia are here:


Travel grant to IUGG 2019: IACS and IUGG will together support a large number of travel grants to ena- ble students, other early career sciensts, and a endees from less-a uent countries to come to Montreal. More information is available here:

Polar Educators International (PEI) 2019 UK Workshop Registration Open!

Education and Polar Science in Action: 

Bringing the polar regions into our communities 

8-11 April 2019 - Cambridge, UK

Register now for the 4th biennial workshop of Polar Educators International (PEI) will be held in Cambridge, United Kingdom, in partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and UK Polar Network (UKPN).

Polar educators and researchers will explore the wide-ranging impacts of the poles and how we can connect them to our communities. Learn to communicate science and collaborate with professionals from all around the world to create new solutions to modern challenges.

The Workshop will be opened by Sir David King, co-author of The Hot Topic: How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On, former scientific advisor to the UK Government and strong supporter of the work of the IPCC. 

Sessions will include updates from leading polar researchers, hands-on science labs, training in science communication, discussion panels, snap-talk presentations, and more

Register here! (reduced rate if booked before Jan 15, 2019)   

DurhamARCTIC and ICE LAW Project events: study programs, summer school and conference

The Durham University has several interesting announcements for students and PhDs:

For APECS members who have not yet begun their PhD (or who are looking to change programs), the DurhamARCTIC programme has money to supportsix students entering in 2019 and five more entering in Autumn 2020. Students get their degrees in “traditional” disciplines (i.e. it’s not an interdisciplinary Arctic Studies degree) but there’s extra cross-disciplinary programming, as well as extra funds for students to engage in Arctic fieldwork, placements, etc. We can only cover the EU portion of tuition fees, so this is a particularly good opportunity for students from EU countries, although non-EU students are eligible if they cover the non-EU surcharge. Current DurhamARCTIC students are in Anthropology, Biosciences, Geography, and Law, but there is no restriction on disciplinary focus. Applications for students entering in Autumn 2019 are due 15 January 2019. For more information, see

- Also of interest to APECS members should be the annual DurhamARCTIC summer school. The 2019 summer school will be held 25-28 April in Durham. That’s really not ’summer’ in England (and it’s certainly not summer in the Arctic), but we’re holding it then so as to coincide with the final conference of the Durham-based ICE LAW Project(see more below). The ICE LAW Project is fairly social-science-oriented, but the Summer School is intended to cover the breadth of disciplines. Indeed, it could provide a particularly good opportunity for Early Career Researchers in the physical sciences to practice (and learn about) engagement with the social sciences, as the attendees will include world leaders in Arctic social sciences. Information on the 2019 summer school, including details for applying for a student bursary, can be found at for the 2019 summer school are due 31 January 2019 and for this we’re keen to fund students from outside the EU. We have funds for up to 14 Early Career Researchers (defined as PhD students or individuals who have received their PhD in the past three years).

- And finally, as mentioned above, concurrent with the Summer School, we’ll be holding the final conference of the ICE LAW Project (25-27 April in Durham). For the past three years, the Project, and its various working groups, have been holding small workshops and community meetings to investigate the potential for a legal framework that acknowledges the complex geophysical environment in the world’s frozen regions and to explore the impact that an ice-sensitive legal system would have on topics ranging from the everyday activities of Arctic residents to the territorial foundations of the modern state. Although part of the conference will include reflections from subproject leaders, we’re specifically looking for input (including paper presentations) from individuals who have not been involved to date with the project. A poster session from Summer School participants will be integrated into the conference. Abstracts are due by 15 January 2019 and should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information on the conference is available at

New November 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights on "Arctic research efforts"

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is pleased to release the November 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights—an online publication that highlights Arctic research efforts and other timely items of interest to our readers. Community Highlights is distributed monthly via our Witness the Arctic mailing list of over 8,600 subscribers. Editors welcome ideas for future articles.

If you have a suggestion, or a question about this publication, please contact Betsy Turner-Bogren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Topics in this issue:

- A New Season for Sea Ice and Walrus

- Co-Production of Knowledge and Multi-Level Governmental Collaboration in A Rapidly Changing Arctic

- Unique Fellowship Program Promotes Community Interaction

Read the three articles here:

Call for IASC Working Group Secretaries

The Atmosphere, Marine, and Terrestrial Working Group Secretaries are unfortunately schedued to finish their term at ASSW2019.

We are now soliciting applications to be the next Atmosphere, Marine, and Terrestrial Working Group Secretaries – and we need your help in recommending good candidates. Read on and please send the information below to anybody you think would make a strong contribution to the IASC Working Groups.

We want to try something a little different this time around. Being an IASC Working Group Secretary provides a unique experience to support and gain insight into international and interdisciplinary science cooperation, as well as a leg up in building an inernational Arctic research network. We hope that applicants will see this as a unique professional development opportunity.

Duties for the Working Group Secretary include preparation and secretarial support for the WG meetings but also the communication with the WG and the central Secretariat during the year. In terms of time, the commitment averages a couple hours per week, more time during the preparation of the ASSW but less time, for example, during the summer. Seen as professional development, the WG Secretary is an unfortunately an unpaid position (although we expect a candidate‘s supervisor to support their participation in this role). However, IASC will pay for travel costs to attend WG meetings at ASSW or if necessary in conjunction with other meetings. IASC also covers the costs for WG conference calls and other collaboration tools.

IASC Secretaries are required to have strong English-language skills and basic technical proficiency. A WG Secretary is expected to serve for at least two years, but are encouraged to stay on for longer given successful performance.

An application consists of a CV and a short statement of interest sent to IASC Executive Secretary Allen Pope (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before 13 January 2019.

Survey invitation: Antarctic Environments Portal

The Antarctic Environments Portal invites you to take part in a survey designed to help us improve our services to you, our intended users. Please take a few minutes to participate - your feedback is much appreciated!
Please click here to get to the survey.

Student Conference Funding for 18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering / 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference

The Canadian Permafrost Association (CPA) and the Canadian National Committee for the International Permafrost Association (CNC-IPA) are delighted to announce that they will jointly fund up to 20 bursaries for students to attend the 18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering / 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference in Québec City from August 18-22, 2019. 

The bursaries will cover the student registration fee for the conference, which includes access to the sessions, coffee breaks, and lunches.  In addition, up to two travel bursaries of $500 each will be available to students whose home addresses are north of the southern boundary of the discontinuous permafrost zone.

The awards are competitive with ranking based on the quality and originality of the abstract and the contribution of the student to it. Applications will be judged by a committee with members drawn from the CPA, CNC-IPA and PYRN North America.

To apply for a registration fee bursary or travel bursary complete the on-line application form at  

The deadline to apply is 23:59 PST on December 12, 2018.

Students will be informed if their application is successful before the middle of January 2019. Registration will be funded contingent on acceptance of a paper for publication in the conference proceedings and giving an oral or poster presentation at the meeting. 

In addition to the bursaries, the CPA will give out prizes for the best oral and the best poster presentation given by a student on a permafrost topic at the meeting.

For more details on the conference visit

Reminder of Call for Session Proposals for XIII ISAES 2019

The Scientific Program Committee of the 13th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science (ISAES 2019) cordially invites you to submit session proposals for the symposium. The deadline for session proposals is 15 December 2018.
ISAES 2019 will be held from 22-26 July 2019, at the Songdo Convensia in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The symposium aims to bring together Antarctic earth scientists from different areas in order to gather and highlight their outstanding expertise and ideas.
Major themes of the symposium include:
1. Continental evolution of Antarctica
2. Antarctic solid earth structure and interactions with the cryosphere
3. Past and present permafrost changes in Antarctica
4. Glacial history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
5. Antarctic surface processes and landscape
6. Changes in the Southern Ocean
7. Climate change in the 21st century
8. Antarctica and the evolution of life
9. Remote sensing and satellite imagery
10. General Antarctic earth sciences
Each session will consist of 6-7 oral presentations lasting for 20 minutes (including Q&A session). 
Session proposals should follow the format given below. Proposals will be considered on their scientific merits and the significance of their respective themes. They will then be incorporated into the final program. Ten themes are proposed but session proposals with different themes may also be accepted.
Format for Proposals
1. Title of the session and corresponding theme
2. Name of convener/co-convener (affiliation and email)
3. Session description (max. 200 words) 
4. List of invited speakers and potential presenters
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee: Dr. Jongkuk Hong (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Secretary: Mr. Sunhwi Kim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cryosphere-relevant symposia at IUGG Montreal

The 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly will be held in early July 2019 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of IUGG.

The International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) will host or co-host more than 30 symposia between the 9thand 13thof July, with topics ranging from the most pressing global issues (e.g. projecting 21stcentury sea level) to a wide range of more focussed and cutting-edge snow and ice topics. The full list of cryospheric symposia is here   

Waleed Abdalati, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), at the University of Colorado, Boulder will give the prestigious Union Lecture in Cryospheric Sciences. Dr. Marie Dumont and Dr Emilie Capron, winners of IUGG Early Career Prizes, will also be honoured and will give plenary lectures.

IACS and IUGG will together support a large number of travel grants to enable students, other early career scientists, and attendees from less-affluent countries to come to Montreal. More information is available here

Abstract submission, online registration and accommodation reservation are all now open. The abstract submission deadline is 18 February 2019.

We look forward to welcoming you to Montréal in 2019. Please sign up on 
if you would like to receive newsletters and updates for the conference.

Full list of conference links:

Conference homepage: 

Program overview and symposia details: 

Registration and housing reservation: 

Abstract submission: 

Travel grant applications: 

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APECS International Directorate
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
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