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IASC Medal 2018 Awarded to Dr. Oran Young

IASC Medal 2018: Dr. Oran Young

Dr. Oran Young.jpegThe IASC Medal is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. This year, IASC recognizes Dr. Oran Young's Outstanding Achievement to Understand Arctic Institutional Dynamics, International Regimes, and Environmental Policy.

Dr. Young is professor emeritus and co-director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California (Santa Barbara). He has an outstanding record of oral and written contributions in Arctic governance and international collaboration, with over 100 articles, multiple dozens of books and book chapters in outlets such as Science, Nature, Foreign Policy, International Organization, World Politics, and Global Environmental Politics. Dr. Young has maintained broad community service including participation as an IASC vice-president from 1994-2000 and sustained advocacy for inclusion of social sciences in multiple organizations towards a holistic approach to Arctic studies. During his esteemed career he facilitated the development of the Arctic Council, the University of the Arctic, and other Arctic governance groups. Oran´s work has had high-level impacts in the Arctic Council, especially through the Sustainable Development Working Group, IASC logo.jpgas well as through involvement in a range of Arctic stakeholders collaborations, communities, and the scientific community. Dr. Young has also mentored over 50 graduate students, including 25 PhD students, and seven post-doctoral scholars. Based on his continuous and extremely productive career focus on Arctic environmental affairs, resource management and international regimes, and the human dimensions of Arctic change, IASC is honored to award Dr. Oran Young the 2018 IASC Medal.

Dr. Young will receive the Medal and deliver a keynote lecture at Polar2018 in Davos, Switzerland.

IASC would like to thank this year's Medal Commitee for their service: Jackie Grebmeier (Chair), Joan Nymand Larsen, Tetsuo Ohata, Allison Fong, and Josef Elster.

Side Meeting on solid Earth-cryosphere interactions at POLAR 18 conference

logo SERCEAs you register to attend the POLAR 18 conference organised by SCAR in Davos this June, please consider signing up to attend the SERCE ('Solid Earth Response and influence on Cryospheric Evolution') side meeting, which will take place immediately prior to the main conference.

The role of SERCE is to facilitate research on interactions between the solid Earth and the cryosphere ( Our side meeting is open to all and will be relevant to anyone interested in the solid Earth (if you're attending POLAR 18 then we assume you are also interested in the cryosphere...).

During the meeting we will report on recent activities supported by SERCE (including a report from the Antarctic Heat Flux that is taking place this week), outline and discuss plans for future SERCE-supported activities, update on recent research that addresses the scientific aims of SERCE, and invite discussion of plans for the future direction of SCAR's Scientific Research Programs (of which SERCE is currently one, others listed here:

Details of POLAR 18 side meetings are listed here:
Registration for the SERCE side meeting is free; sign up when you register for the main conference.
The SERCE side meeting will take place 2-4pm, in room A Sertig, on Sunday 17th June.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to suggest points for discussion during the meeting. In particular, we have recently appointed an Early Career Researcher rep (cc'd), so please get in touch with her if there are ECR-facing activities or issues that you would like us to discuss.

Best wishes,
Pippa Whitehouse and Matt King (SERCE joint chief officers)
Nadya Yanakieva (SERCE ECR rep)

POLAR2018 AntArchitecture Workshop on Antarctica's Internal Ice Structure

Bildschirmfoto 2018-04-04 um 09.26.47.pngIn connection with the upcoming SCAR POLAR2018 in Davos, we invite you to a side meeting of the “AntArchitecture” consortium on *Friday 15 June* 11:00-16:00, A Forum (House A).

AntArchitecture is the name of a proposed new science programme in SCAR whose underpinning goal is to use radar-imaged information on the internal structure of the Antarctic Ice Sheet - i.e., its internal architecture – to inform palaeoclimatic reconstruction and ice-sheet modelling of the future contributions of the ice sheet to global sea level. A first meeting of the group was held in Edinburgh in July 2017, and the scope and outcomes of that meeting are available here:

For the AntArchitecture side meeting in Davos, we anticipate discussion following the general outline below, but this is flexible depending on attendees and interest:

1) Progress with tracing or otherwise recording the internal structure of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

2) Development of workflows for recording, homogenising across surveys, and visualising subsurface information.

3) Identification of regions with good/bad information on internal structure of the ice.

4) Applications: linking ice core age-depth profiles, Oldest Ice, modelling accumulation, ice flow.

5) What do (a) ice-sheet modellers, (b) palaeoclimate researchers / ice-core scientists, and (c) possible other users (?) need as products from AntArchitecture?

PLEASE NOTE that the day of the workshop is the Friday BEFORE the Open Science conference in the following week, and that to attend you must register for the ASSW or other meetings and workshops (30 CHF) – for this you do get free coffee and a lunch, you’ll also be registered for other side interesting side meetings over the same weekend (e.g. AntClim21, SERCE…), and you get the chance to enjoy a nice weekend in Davos before the Open Science conference starts!

If you plan to attend the workshop (calling all icy geophysicists, palaeoclimate researchers, modellers…) please can you email us in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and give an indication of whether you’d like to contribute some slides.

Very best wishes,

Rob Bingham (University of Edinburgh), Olaf Eisen (Alfred Wegener Institute), Nanna Karlsson (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland – GEUS), Joe MacGregor (NASA Goddard), Neil Ross (Newcastle University), Duncan Young (University of Texas at Austin)

Online registration for the IGS Buffalo Symposium now open

Buffalo symposium logoOnline registration is now open for the 'International Symposium on Timescales, Processes and Glacier Dynamics' to be held 3–8 June 2018, in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Early Bird rates apply until 22 April 2018. The second circular is posted on the IGS website.

Financial support
is available for US based students or recent graduates (after 2012).

True to tradition, the oral and poster sessions will be interlaced with plenty of exciting activities to bring the participants together.

Special highlights include:
· a mid-symposium trip to the Niagara Falls,
· a pre-dinner tour exploring Buffalo’s hottest microbreweries,
· a banquet dinner at Hotel Henry, an iconic architectural landmark of Buffalo and
· a post-symposium glacial geology and landscape excursion to visit western New York’s world-famous drumlin fields and wineries.
· the presentation of the Richardson Medal to Julie Palais
· a special display dedicated to University of Buffalo's past excellence in ice core science with Chet Langway and the world’s largest ice core library

The symposium will also feature a lecture presented by Sebastian Copeland, the award-winning photographer, adventurer and environmental activist, and the author of 'Arctica: The Vanishing North'.

Important information:
- Abstract submission is open until 23:59 GMT on 9 April 2018.
- Early registration deadline is extended until April 22, 2018.
- Application deadline for early career support is 12 April, 2018.
- Book your accommodation ASAP

We have been able to negotiate some extensions on deadlines for booking accommodations. The deadlines for when we have to release the rooms are as follows.

Hilton Garden Inn April 13th
The Hotel Lafayette – April 8th
The Holiday Inn Express – May 3rd, 2018
Embassy Suites – May 3rd

The symposium venue is the Hotel Lafayette so presumably it will be popular.

Please go to to register online, submit your abstract, view the second circular and get the information on the student funding.

Palaeotopography and palaobathymetry workshop at POLAR2018

As you register for POLAR2018 in Davos, please take note of a side meeting ‘Paleobathymetry and Paleotopography of Antarctica and Greenland’ that takes place during the Open Science Conference. This workshop is largely focussed on ongoing work for Antarctica under the umbrella of the PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheets) SCAR working group ( ) as a way to generate better palaeo boundary conditions for the community to use in their investigations and modelling studies. We also hope that there might be interest in considering palaeotopographic and palaeobathymetric reconstructions for Greenland and are keen to have discussions that cross both poles.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday 19th June at 6:30-9:30 pm in room B Rinerhorn & Strela (this is immediately after the opening reception so we will have a ‘relaxed’ discussion).

We anticipate discussion following an approximate agenda as outlined below but we will be flexible depending on group interest:

1) Outline of process and progress on Antarctic palaeobathymetry compilation.
2) Outline of process and progress on Antarctic palaeotopography reconstruction.
3) Discussion of how to deal with intermediate timeslices (e.g. times in between reconstructions)
4) Is there interest in a Greenland palaeotopographic/palaeobathymetric reconstruction?
5) What do modellers need from us? Format? Particular timeslices of interest in relation to particular sensitivities?
6) From palaeotopography to palaeolandscape and palaeoceanography – adding context to the reconstructions (e.g. climate, vegetation, ocean circulation etc.) –we are hoping all sorts of people might want to use these products – not just ice sheet modellers so it will be helpful to discuss what the polar community might like to do with such reconstructions.

If you will attend our workshop (it’s free!) then it would be useful if you can email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to indicate you will attend (and provide a sentence of where your interest lies) but otherwise, if you are registered for the Open Science Conference then you will all be most welcome.

Stewart Jamieson and Karsten Gohl (Co-chairs SCAR-PAIS palaeobathymetry-palaeotopography group)

Polar2018 SOOS-relevant data events

There are two key Southern Ocean Observing System-related events in the lead-up to the main POLAR2018 science conference that we would love to invite you to.

1. Southern Ocean data hack – calling scientists and data managers
Come and play with the SeaView data team. They’ve mashed together a Southern Ocean Data Collection species presence-absence data from all through the water column, together with physical oceanographic datasets from GO-SHIP/WOCE, Argo, and SOCCOM floats. Bring your own data, or explore the data they’ve already brought together for you. The data managers in the room will help you explore correlations and opportunities to develop new publication opportunities. This session is open to physicists, biologists, and everyone in between.

The Southern Ocean data hack will be held on Sunday, 17 June 2018, 8am – 4pm in Room B Strela. For more details, contact Steve Diggs on sdiggs [at] 

2. Polar Federated Data Search Working Group

This is one for the data managers – the Polar Federated Data Search Working Group is a new body to advise polar data management groups (SOOS, SCADM, and ADC) on opportunities to develop better tools to aggregate metadata records and developed federated searching tools. Please join us for an update on our progress so far and to help us plan our next steps.

We’ll be meeting on Monday, 18 June, 8am – 4pm in Room B Strela. For more details, contact Pip Bricher on data [at]

Take this as a friendly reminder to get registered now, if you’re planning to join us there. If you are planning on attending any of the side meetings (15-18 June) you’ll also need register for that, for an added 30CHF.

Best regards,

Joana Beja
BAS liaison officer,
ORCHESTRA Programme data manager,
Changing Arctic Ocean Programme data manager,
Requests Officer,
SOOS-DMSC co-chair

British Oceanographic Data Centre
National Oceanography Centre
6, Brownlow Street
L3 5DA
T: 0151 795 4886
Fax: 0151 795 4912

Reminder to register for the PYRN Workshop (June 22 - 24) at EUCOP5 - Chamonix (France)

Permafrost Young Researchers NetworkThis is a reminder about the PYRN Workshop that will be held June 22 - 24 in conjunction with EUCOP5 (June 24 - 29) in Chamonix. Program outlines are provided on the EUCOP website:

Detailed information will be released in the coming weeks, so please check for updates!

We encourage all young researchers (within 6 years after their PhD) and students interested in attending the workshop to register through the EUCOP booking system: before April 30th, 2018.

This workshop is free of charge!!

If you need any further information, please contact Florence Magnin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking forward to seeing you in Chamonix.

Florence Magnin,
On behalf of the PYRN ExCom

SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships and CCAMLR Scholarship 2018

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Three leading Antarctic organisations today announce opportunities for early-career researchers. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research.

Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships and Scholarship Opportunities for 2018

SCAR and COMNAP have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers. SCAR will offer 3 to 4 fellowships of up to USD $15,000 each for 2018 and COMNAP will offer up to 1 fellowship with funding of up to USD $15,000. 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. Note that the application process for SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are now separate and the eligibility criteria differs. The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP fellowship applications is 11 July 2018.

The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with the Scientific Scholarship Scheme of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The CCAMLR Scholarship provides funding of up to AUD $30,000 to assist early-career scientists to participate in the work of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee and its working groups over a period of two years. The objective of the scheme is to build capacity within the CCAMLR scientific community to help generate and sustain the scientific expertise needed to support the work of CCAMLR in the long-term. The deadline for CCAMLR scholarship applications is 1 October 2018. All three schemes are being jointly promoted by the three organisations.

Background information:
For more information on SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships, visit the SCAR website at: 
or the COMNAP website at:

For information on CCAMLR Scholarships, visit the CCAMLR website at:


The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
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+44 1223 336550

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary body of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in and from the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system.

SCAR Science Groups represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research. They conduct the scientific business or SCAR and provide regular reports. In addition to carrying out its primary scientific role, SCAR also provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other policy-oriented organizations, on issues of science and conservation affecting the management of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.


The Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP)
Contact: Michelle Rogan-Finnemore, Executive Secretary
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+64 3 369 2169

COMNAP brings together the National Antarctic Programmes of 30 Antarctic Treaty countries. Formed in 1988, the purpose of COMNAP is to develop and promote best practice in managing the support of scientific research in Antarctica. It does this by: Serving as a forum to develop practices that improve effectiveness of activities in an environmentally responsible manner; Facilitating and promoting international partnerships; Providing opportunities and systems for information exchange; and Providing the Antarctic Treaty System with objective and practical, technical and non-political advice drawn from the National Antarctic Programmes' pool of expertise.


The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
Contact: Andrew Wright, Executive Secretary
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+61 3 6210 1111

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established by international convention in 1982 with the objective of conserving Antarctic marine life. CCAMLR is an international commission with 25 Members, and a further 11 countries have acceded to the Convention. Based on the best available scientific information, the Commission agrees a set of conservation measures that determine the use of marine living resources in the Antarctic. CCAMLR practices an ecosystem-based management approach. This does not exclude harvesting, as long as such harvesting is carried out in a sustainable manner and takes account of the effects of fishing on other components of the ecosystem.

Call for Applications to join the next ExCom of PYRN 2018-2020

Permafrost Young Researchers NetworkPYRN renews its current Executive Committee (ExCom), Council and National Representatives for the next two years (2018-2020) beginning after EUCOP2018. This is your chance to get involved in an international network of young experts aiming to organize and foster the future generation of permafrost researchers.

The following positions in the ExCom are open for application:

• President

• Secretary

• Person responsible for next International Conference on Permafrost organization

• Person responsible for next Regional Conference on Permafrost organization

• Newsletter

• Social Media

• National Representatives Coordinator (also acts as the Council Chair)

• APECS liaison

All ExCom positions and their functions are summarized on our website ( Do not hesitate to contact us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have further questions.

To submit your application, please use the following form:

Your application should include a short description (max. 350 Words) of your motivation and why you are interested in PYRN and becoming part of the ExCom, Council or National Representative.

Please submit your application until 01 May 2018.

The current ExCom will collect all nominations and elect candidates into the new ExCom. Nominees will receive a notification on 31 May 2016.

On June 23rd, in connection with the Young researchers Workshop at EUCOP2018 in Chamonix, France, PYRN organizes a general assembly where the new ExCom will be introduced. Attending the EUCOP is no criteria for a nomination.

We are looking forward to your application.

Yours sincerely,

The PYRN Executive Committee

Arctic Observing Summit - Poster Abstract Deadline: 30 March 2018

Highlight your research, program, organization or ideas: Submit a poster abstract for AOS 2018

The fourth Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) will be held in 2018 (June 24-26) in Davos, Switzerland in conjunction with POLAR2018. Your input and contributions in the form of poster presentations are welcome to highlight important issues and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas to design, build, implement, expand, and provide long-term support for an international Arctic observing systems network. Ideally, poster presentations should focus on these key themes selected for the upcoming AOS, but other topics that are relevant for AOS are welcome:

Theme: The Business Case for a Pan-Arctic Observing System

  • Sub-Theme 1: The Need for the Observing System
  • Sub-Theme 2: Implementing and Optimizing a Pan-Arctic Observing System
  • Sub-Theme 3: Operating Observing Systems and Networks

Presentations that include research results, overviews of initiatives or programs, highlights from ongoing organizations or groups, reviews of priorities or challenges, or proposed solutions for sustained and coordinated Arctic observing, are welcome.

Abstract submission deadline: Friday, 30 March 2018

For information about poster abstract submissions, go to:
Poster abstracts submission form

For information about conference themes, go to:
Conference theme and subthemes webpage

For more information, go to:
Conference homepage

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