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POLAR2018 call for sessions

POLAR2018The organizers of POLAR2018 are now accepting session proposals for the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference “Where the Poles meet“, which will be held on 19 - 23 June 2018.

A template to submit session proposals, including a brief session description, the contact information of the session conveners and other details, is available here. This pages uses google forms; if the use of google forms is blocked by your institute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a word document. We are looking for sessions that cover a broad range of topics across the spectrum of Polar and high altitude research, such as, but not limited to, climate, glaciology, social and human sciences, ice sheets, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, biology, astronomy, geology, economic aspects, sustainable development, technology and education. There will be oral and poster sessions as well as e-poster sessions with a mini-oral.

  • The organizing committee strongly encourages session topics that encapsulate research conducted in both the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • We also encourage including early career scientists as conveners and encourage diversity regarding conveners’ nationalities, gender, and where possible, indigenous peoples.

The tasks of the conveners include:

  • Soliciting submissions for their session;
  • reviewing the abstracts submitted for the session;
  • working with the International Scientific Organizing Committee to arrange the program of their session,
  • including oral and poster presentations and
  • chairing the session.

Depending on the session proposals received, the International Scientific Organizing Committee might have to merge similar session where necessary and appropriate.

ArcticNet ASM2016: Call for Abstracts

logoArcticNetThe ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada and its partners are pleased to welcome the Arctic research community to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the 12th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2016) to be held from December 5 – 9th 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre.

As the largest annual Arctic research gathering held in Canada, the ASM welcomes over 500 participants annually and is the ideal venue to present results from all fields of Arctic research and stimulate national and international networking and partnership activities. Scientists, policy and decision makers, representatives of government and non-government organizations, the private sector, Inuit and northern stakeholders and media are invited to join us at ASM2016 to address the global challenges and opportunities brought to the Arctic by climate change and modernization.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations addressing all fields of Arctic research are now being accepted by completing the online abstract submission form available on the ASM2016 website. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday October 3, 2016.

Anyone interested in organizing specific topical sessions should contact me as soon as possible at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posters presented by graduate students are eligible for the Graduate Student Poster Awards.

The ASM2016 is a 5-day Conference beginning with Student Day at 8:30 on Monday December 5, 2016. The official opening session of the Conference will be at 13:30 on Tuesday December 6 and the Conference will finish at 12:00 on Friday December 9, 2016.

The Conference Banquet will be held Wednesday December 7 at the RBC Convention Centre and is included with your registration.

ArcticNet is very proud to host the 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards Ceremony in conjunction with its annual meeting. This event will be held Thursday December 8 at 8:00 pm at the Centennial Concert Hall and will feature a performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Nunavut Sivuniksavut.

On-line registration for the Conference is now available on the ASM2016 website. Register before the early-bird deadline of Monday October 31, 2016 to save on your registration fee.

Our host hotel for the ASM2016 is the Delta Winnipeg, ideally situated in the heart of the city and conveniently connected by Skywalk to the RBC Convention Centre and in close proximity to downtown Winnipeg attractions.

Our block of rooms is guaranteed until November 7, 2016. Please book your rooms as early as possible by using the hotel reservation information provided on the ASM2016 website. Be sure to quote ASM2016/ArcticNet when making your reservation by phone in order to take advantage of the Conference rates.

Additional information on the conference, hotel & venue, and sponsor/exhibitor opportunities is available on the ASM2016 website.

Scientists develop interactive game on impact of climate change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet

ice flows game startScientists and games developers have joined forces to help communicate the impact of climate change on the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

The ice held in the Antarctic Ice Sheet has the potential to cause significant changes in sea level in the future, which will affect many people around the world. As a result, it is important that people have an awareness of the impact of a changing climate on the world’s ice sheets, but this complex system is difficult to understand and predict.

Now the scientists and games developers have produced a free-to-use interactive game, “Ice Flows”, to help demonstrate how the Antarctic Ice Sheet responds to climate change in an accessible way to children and game players of all ages. The game, which can be played at, will be launched at the SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur on the 23rd August. It will be free to download from app stores.

The game is built on a simple representation of how ice flows in Antarctica and how it responds to changes in the environment - through changes in snowfall and ocean temperature. It allows players to impose climatic changes to control the extent of the ice sheet to guide penguins to fish; if they get it wrong, the penguin may meet its doom in the jaws of a leopard seal. The aim is to promote understanding of the complexity of the ice sheet system by enabling the player to carry out their own ice sheet model experiments, much like the scientists working on the research. The game has a number of levels representing how different parts of the Antarctic will respond to climate flows game play

The game development is funded as part of a research project ‘Ice shelves in a warming world’, investigating the Filchner Ice Shelf system in Antarctica, combining field measurements with numerical modelling of ice flow, ocean currents and the atmosphere. This region is potentially highly vulnerable to changes in ocean currents driven by a changing climate.

ice flows game playThe game has been developed by Anne Le Brocq at the University of Exeter, in collaboration with games developers Inhouse Visuals and Questionable Quality, and the British Antarctic Survey, who are leading the research project. The project also involves researchers from the UK Met Office, National Oceanography Centre, University College London, the University of Oxford and the Alfred Wegner Institute in Germany.

Dr Anne Le Brocq, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Exeter, said: “The response of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to a changing climate is very complex and, as a result, is difficult to communicate in a clear and understandable way. The use of a game helps not only to visualise the system, but also to provide an immersive environment for the player to fully understand the behaviour of the ice sheet and how it responds to changes in the environment. Hopefully it’s fun to play too!”

The game development was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

Announcement of SCAR and COMNAP 2016 Fellowship awards

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) are pleased to announce this year’s Fellowship awardees.  The Fellowships are worth up to US$15,000 each and seven Fellowships (four SCAR, three COMNAP) will be awarded in this round. The SCAR Fellowships are awarded to: Lavenia Ratnarajah, Jilda Caccavo, Graeme Clark and Ryan Reisinger. Graeme Clark becomes the second Prince Albert II of Monaco Fellow, funded from the Prix Biodiversité awarded to SCAR in 2013. The COMNAP Fellowships are awarded to: Chris Horvat, Blanca Figuerola and Ronja Reese.

This year, 55 applications were received. The winners of the Fellowships will carry out a range of scientific research in areas including sea ice distribution, ecological response to environmental change, invasive species and iron fertilization in the Southern Ocean. 

SCAR has been offering scientific fellowships to early career scientists since 2005. Such fellowships have enabled Antarctic scientists to participate in a range of significant research including using ice cores to determine proxies for the Southern Annular Mode, a molecular study of Antarctic ostracods, and investigating particulate carbon and biogenic silica in sea ice in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Since 2005, 38 SCAR Fellowships have been awarded.

In 2011, COMNAP launched the Antarctic Research Fellowship Scheme, offering one fellowship for an early career person in order to carry out research within a COMNAP National Antarctic Program. With this year’s awards, there have been twelve COMNAP Fellowships or joint Fellowships awarded.

The Fellowships support the scientific goals of SCAR and the international cooperation goal of COMNAP to develop and promote best practice in managing the support to Antarctic science. The Fellowships enable the early career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last many years and over many Antarctic research seasons.

Input requested on Antarctic science-policy interface

Dear Colleagues of the Antarctic Community,

With 2016 marking the 25th anniversary of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (Madrid Protocol), we would like to investigate how communication between scientists and policy makers could be enhanced, thereby improving our stewardship of Antarctica. With this aim in mind, we would like to invite you to participate in a brief online survey to investigate current engagement between Antarctic researchers and policy-makers. We anticipate that the outcomes of the survey will be used to inform the thinking of SCAR, Antarctic Treaty System Parties and other stakeholders.

The survey will take about 25 minutes to complete. We would kindly ask you to complete the survey within four weeks.
You can access the survey here:Antarctic-science-policy.

This work is associated with the Mini-Symposium “Linking Antarctic Science with environmental protection: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Madrid Protocol” of the SCAR Open Science Conference at Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia, August 2016), where issues of science-policy interactions will be discussed further. To obtain more information about the Mini-Symposium go to

Please forward this email to colleagues in your network. If you have any queries, or comments after taking the survey, please send them to Daniela Liggett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Gabriela Roldan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who are coordinating the survey in association with the University of Canterbury.

We greatly appreciate your help and participation in this research.

With thanks and very best wishes,

Daniela Liggett, José Xavier, Annick Wilmotte, Kevin Hughes and Gabriela Roldan

P.S. This research project has been reviewed and approved by the Human Ethics Committee of the University of Canterbury (Ref: HEC 2016/36/LR-PS).

Call for Proposals for the Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship

The call for proposals for the 2016 – 2018 Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship is now open. The Fellowship provides young scientists with the opportunity to conduct research in East Antarctica operating out of the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station.

A joint initiative of the Baillet Latour Fund and the International Polar Foundation, the €150,000 research grant aims to promote scientific excellence in Antarctica and underscores the crucial role polar science plays in furthering our understanding of the Earth and how it functions.

Young researchers interested in conducting research in the atmospheric sciences, glaciology, geology and microbiology (excluding marine microbiology) at, or near, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica are encouraged to apply.

Since 2012, the Baillet Latour Antarctica Fellowship has been open to applicants from any country around the world. Applicants must be either doctoral researchers or post-doctoral researchers who have completed their PhD within the past 10 years. The successful applicant will continue to work at their current research organisation.

More information is available at

CAFF seeks part time coordinator for AMBI East Asian-Australasian flyway

CAFF LogoCAFF is seeking a 10% position to coordinate the East Asian-Australasian Flyway of the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI), and envisions a post-doc or other graduate student to conduct the tasks alongside their studies, research or other work.

Applicants from East Asian-Australasian Flyway countries (East Russia, Singapore, Japan, China, Republic of Korea) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Tasks include:

  • Organize and guide the EAAF Working Group (comprised of country AC and observer country and organization representatives) tasked with implementing the AMBI workplan
  • Coordinate, organize, host, and act as rapporteur for monthly EAAF Working Group online conference calls
  • Liaise and communicate with the AMBI coordinator and CAFF International Secretariat on EAAF progress
  • Help to organize and participate in the AMBI EAAF project meeting in Singapore, January 2017
  • Work with the overall AMBI coordinator and CAFF international secretariat to prepare and deliver the EAAF portion of the AMBI mid-term review
  • Contribute to the overall AMBI mid-term review process in collaboration with the AMBI coordinator and CAFF international secretariat
  • Fundraise to support continuation of this position beyond April 2017

Applications sought by July 27 and the work is planned to start in early August.

For full job desciption and details of how to apply please click here.

Research Needs for Arctic Health and Wellness

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During the ASSW meeting in Fairbanks earlier this year, AMAP and EU-PolarNet organised a workshop to discuss research needs for Arctic Health and Wellness. Climate change has the potential to disrupt traditional ways of life in the North and thereby precipitate worsening health and wellness of those who live there. This workshop aimed to discuss these issues and possible ways forward.  The format of the workshop was talks by invited experts followed by open discussions of themes raised during the presentations. The report summarising this workshop has now been published and can be accessed here.

First Call for Abstracts for the International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action


International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action will take place in April 24-27, 2017 Reston, Virginia, USA, organized by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).
Building on the 2011 Arctic Messenger of Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, the 2017 International Conference on Arctic Science: Bringing Knowledge to Action will provide updated scientific, decision-making and policy-relevant information across a broad array of different Arctic issues and related scientific disciplines. Emphasis will be on what state-of- the-art research is now telling us about present and future change within the Arctic- and its implications for policy- and decision-making. Organized to include plenary and breakout sessions covering both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, results from the various sessions will be used in shaping future science priorities and strategies across the Arctic Council’s six Working Groups.

To learn more please visit AMAPs' website or check the information in attached file.

First Announcement: 2016 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2016) - Save the date!

Save the date!

This is the First Announcement for the 12th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2016) to be held from 05 to 09 December 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

As the largest annual Arctic research gathering held in Canada, the ArcticNet ASM is the ideal venue to present results from all fields of Arctic research and stimulate networking and partnership activities.

Building on the success of previous ASMs, the 2016 Meeting will welcome researchers, students, Inuit, Northerners, policy makers, stakeholders and the media to address the global challenges and opportunities brought by climate change and modernization in the Arctic.

Detailed information on the meeting, registration, call for abstracts and sponsor/exhibitor opportunities will be available on the ASM2016 website in July 2016.

European Polar Board seeks an Assistant Policy Officer

epb logo desktop 2015The European Polar Board (EPB) is looking for an Assistant Policy Officer to assist with creating and editing internal and external policy documents, handle communications and provide administrative support for the organisation. The post is part-time (80% or 4 days a week) and is based in Den Haag (The Hague) in the Netherlands.

The deadline for applications is 14 July 2016. Full details of the post are available on the EPB's vacancy webpage.

Rob Dunbar to receive the 2016 SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Dunbar, from the USA, has been selected to receive the 2016 SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research.

Dr. Dunbar, Professor at Stanford University, California, USA, has contributed many important advances to our knowledge of environmental changes in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean both now and in the past. In addition, SCAR would like to note his particular selfless dedication to scientific investigation, support of early career researchers, ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and the leadership he has given to the SCAR community.

After receiving the news about his award, Rob commented "Wow wow wow! That is my reaction as this is surprise – a really nice one! I’ve always worked in Antarctica as part of a team, sometimes as a team leader and sometimes as a follower – so any recognition for excellence in Antarctic research is in fact a tribute to lots of people and many programs. What makes me most happy is the recognition for international collaboration and for supporting other scientists – at all levels of experience. We have many scientific grand challenges to be solved in Antarctica, challenges that impact the entire world. We can only meet them by working together as scientists from many nations – and by making sure we have the next generation of Antarctic investigators well-trained, well-funded, and well-prepared.”

The SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research is awarded in recognition of sustained contributions to research over a career. Selection is based on a person's outstanding contributions to knowledge and the impact of their work on understanding the Antarctic region, the linkages between Antarctica and the Earth system, and/or observations of and from Antarctica. Nominees are welcomed in all areas of Antarctic and Southern Ocean research. A distinguished career in providing scientific advice to policy- and/or decision-makers is also considered a demonstration of excellence in Antarctic research. Awardees should have a distinguished professional career history and have demonstrated involvement in SCAR activities.

Dr. Dunbar’s application, led by Martin Siegert, was considered by an independent medal committee and approved by the SCAR Executive Committee. He will be presented with the Medal at the SCAR Open Science Conference Banquet on 25 August 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rob Dunbar joins a distinguished group of past recipients of this Medal including Steven Chown (2014), John Priscu (2012), John Turner (2010), Angelika Brandt (2008) and Paul Mayewski (2006).

In addition, SCAR recently announced that Dr. Heinz Miller is the recipient of the 2016 SCAR Medal for International Collaboration and the SCAR President’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement will be announced soon. For more information on SCAR Medals, please see

Please join us in celebrating the important contributions of Dr. Robert Dunbar.

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