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International Permafrost Association

ipa logoThe International Permafrost Association´s (IPA) annual publication, Frozen Ground, is now available. It describes a selection of the activities of the International Permafrost Association over the past year. The Country Reports give additional details concerning the great variety of permafrost science and engineering initiatives underway around the globe. We hope that you will enjoy reading about these activities.

IPA also asks you to update your IPA membership. If you are not already a member, consider joining the International Permafrost Association and to spread the word about this opportunity. Paid individual memberships constitute a small but growing source of revenue for the organization that can be used to enhance its activities.The funding received allows the International Permafrost Association to undertake numerous activities, including financing Action Groups and funding early career researchers to attend permafrost conferences. The reports from Global Terrestrial Network-Permafrost (GTN-P), Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) and Action Groups in Frozen Ground show the importance of these initiatives and we are grateful for your ongoing membership.

We look forward to seeing you all in June 2016 at the 11th International Conference on Permafrost.

Call for nominations and volunteers to help with the SCAR “Celebrating Women in Antarctica” Wikibomb

February 11 is the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” and we are using this occasion to remind you of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) event: “Celebrating Women in Antarctica” Wikibomb* held in conjunction with the SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur on 23 August.

This event will be a celebration of female Antarctic researchers and those involved in supporting science by raising their profile to help provide more visible female role models for early career scientists and girls around the world.

If you want to nominate influential female Antarctic researchers and those involved in supporting research, both past and present, to potentially be included in our Wikibomb* event you can find more instructions here:

We are looking for APECS members as volunteers to help us put together short biographies of nominated women and create their wikipages before the SCAR 2016 conference. The SCAR Community will help provide the content for the biographies. No previous experience with Wikipedia is necessary, SCAR will provide training, but it’s pretty straightforward.

If you are interested, please contact Rachel Downey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (before 21 Feb) or Jenny Baeseman at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the Wikibomb event and to nominate an outstanding Antarctic Woman, visit

We hope you will join us for this fun and important contribution to Antarctic science!

Rachel and the Antarctic Women Wikibomb Organizing Committee

* A wikibomb is an event where people work together to produce lots of papers of content for Wikipedia on one specific topic – in this case Women involved in Antarctic Research


Travel Funds Anticipated for U.S. Participants in the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference

Travel Funds Anticipated for U.S. Participants in the SCAR Open Science Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - August 20th – 27th, 2016

It is expected that funds will be available to support participation of U.S. scientists in the 7th biennial SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (meeting website: The theme is Antarctica in the Global Earth System: from the Poles to the Tropics. The Open Science Conference is an international and interdisciplinary meeting that brings together scientists of all ages from around the world with interests in Antarctica and the southern ocean. Funds are intended primarily to support early-career scientists , graduate students and individuals who would increase the diversity of the polar science community. Participation in the SCAR Open Science Conference and ancillary meetings of SCAR scientific groups provides individuals with the opportunity to contribute to international science initiatives. Individuals at all levels (students to senior researchers) interested in engaging in international collaborative activities and, potentially, assuming active leadership roles in SCAR groups, are particularly encouraged to participate. Those with meeting travel funds included in their Antarctic awards are not eligible for this travel support.

Eligibility and Application: Successful applicants must present a talk or poster at the symposium and must be enrolled at or employed by a U.S. institution. An application form will be posted on the U.S. SCAR web site: To apply for travel funds, download the application form and send it together with your submitted OSC abstract to Terry Wilson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by March 15th, 2016. In order to maximize the number of participants supported, we anticipate that the funding per individual will be in the range of $1,000-2,250 USD, with lesser amounts awarded to more well established applicants. All associated air travel must be on US-flagged carriers.

If you plan to apply for a travel award, could you please send an email right away to Terry Wilson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to notify us of your interest?

The Abstract Deadline for the OSC is February 14th, 2016 – Submit soon!

Antarctic Organisations Launch Fellowships for 2016

SCAR and COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowships 2016 and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships 2016

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 Programmes (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.

SCAR and COMNAP have again joined forces to launch fellowships for early-career researchers. The SCAR and COMNAP fellowships are worth up to USD $15,000 each and up to six fellowships in total are on offer for 2016. The fellowships enable early-career researchers to join a project team from another country, opening up new opportunities and often creating research partnerships that last for many years and over many Antarctic research seasons. The deadline for SCAR and COMNAP applications is 1 June 2016.

The SCAR and COMNAP schemes are launched in conjunction with CCAMLR's Scientific Scholarship Scheme. 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 applications is 1 October 2016.

All three schemes are being jointly promoted by the three organisations.

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:

Background information:

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)
Contact: Eoghan Griffin, Executive Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an inter-disciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). SCAR is charged with initiating, developing and coordinating high quality international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and on the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. The scientific business of SCAR is conducted by its Standing Scientific Groups which represent the scientific disciplines active in Antarctic research and report to SCAR. 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 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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.

IASC Medal Award 2016

JohnWalshThe International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is pleased to announce that the 2016 IASC Medal, which is awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic, goes to

John E. Walsh

The IASC Medal Committee (David Hik (Chair), Yves Frenot, Jackie Grebmeier, Joan Nymand Larsen, Sivaramakrishnan Rajan) reviewed the nominations received and unanimously decided to honor Dr. John Walsh for exceptional contributions to modeling and evaluating climate change impacts in the Arctic, particularly with regard to his sustained and distinguished contributions to quantitatively improving our understanding of the Arctic, from climate and weather extremes to hydrology, sea ice variability and the human dimensions of climate change impacts; and for his outstanding record of service and leadership to the wider Arctic science, education and policy community.


The 2016 IASC Medal will be awarded by the President of IASC during the Arctic Science Summit Week 2016 in Fairbanks. The award ceremony will include a short introduction by the IASC President and a 30 minutes lecture by the awardee.

Dr. John E. Walsh is the Chief Scientist of the International Research Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His research has addressed Arctic climate and weather, with an emphasis on the variability of sea ice and snow; the drivers and of Arctic change; and the future evolution of the Arctic system. His work has bridged observational data and model simulations. Walsh was a Convening Lead Author for the Arctic Climate Assessment and the U.S. National Climate Assessment (2014), and a lead author of the Polar Regions chapter for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Before joining the University of Alaska in 2001, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Urbana. He has co-authored a textbook, Severe and Hazardous Weather. He is an Editor of the Journal of Climate and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and of the Association for the Advancement of Science. He received his B.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from M.I.T. in 1974.

2016 Muse Prize Open for Nominations

The 2016 Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica

Open for nominations until 11 May 2016

The “Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica” is a US$ 100,000 unrestricted award presented to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica. The Prize is inspired by Martha T. Muse’s passion for Antarctica and is a legacy of the International Polar Year 2007-2008.

The prize-winner can be from any country and work in any field of Antarctic science or policy. The goal is to provide recognition of the important work being done by the individual and to call attention to the significance of understanding Antarctica in a time of change. A website with further details, including the process of nomination, closing date and criteria for selecting the prize recipients, is available at

The Prize is awarded by the Tinker Foundation and administered by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

Call for Abstracts to UArctic Congress 2016 Science Section is open

uarcticcongress2016280915wide.pngThe University of the Arctic welcomes scientific abstracts for the first ever UArctic Congress. The Call for Abstracts is open until March 31, 2016.

Hosted by Saint Petersburg State University, the Science Section of the UArctic Congress will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in September 13-16.

We now invite abstracts for sessions under the following themes:

  • Vulnerability of Arctic Environments
  • Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
  • Local and Traditional Knowledge
  • Building Long-Term Human Capacity
  • New Markets for the Arctic, Including Trade, Tourism and Transportation

The first ever UArctic Congress will feature Science and Meeting Sections, including:

  • Acclaimed keynote speakers and scientific experts presenting their latest research
  • Parallel sessions on an array of Arctic science, policy and education topics
  • Formal meetings for representatives of the Board of UArctic, Council of UArctic, Rectors’ Forum, and UArctic Thematic Networks
  • Side-meetings to foster contacts and enhance networking
  • Opportunities for promoting and marketing your organization and activities
  • UArctic Student Forum with workshops
  • Cultural and Social program like no other

Congress information, full session descriptions, abstract submission details, and an online submission form are available at

Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2016

Acceptance of abstracts: End of April, 2016

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SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference Registration Open

SCAR 2016 LOGO NEWThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22-26 August 2016. This conference will focus on Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the world.

Early bird registration is available at a reduced rate until 5 May.

This is also a reminder that abstracts are due on 14 February and early submission is encouraged. The conference programme, including sessions and descriptions, is available on the conference website:

We are also happy to announce the availaiblity of exhibitor space. If you are intersted, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We would also like to encourage you to nominate outstanding women working in Antarctic research, support and coordination for the Wikibomb that will be held as part of the conference. For more information, please visit

We would also like you to note that many of the SCAR groups will be meeting the Sunday before the conference (21 August) and that the SCAR Delegates meeting will be held after the Open Science Conference from 28-30 August, and that the COMNAP XXVIII General Assembly will be held ‘near-by’ in Goa India, from 16-18 August 2016. So please plan accordingly.

The SCAR Conference is sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia together with the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation and the National Antarctic Research Centre, together with SCAR.

Comic artists wanted!


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«A Frozen Ground Cartoon» is a scientific outreach project that aims at presenting and promoting international permafrost research via a series of comic strips and illustrated media products. The project is officially supported by the International Permafrost Association as a targeted ‘Action Group’ and will run from February 2016 to January 2018.

The final outcome of the project will be a series of comic strips, each ranging from 5 to 10 pages (letter/A4 format). These strips will show the diversity of permafrost research activities at the international level, with a special emphasis on fieldwork. The target audience is the general public, focusing more specifically on teenagers and young students who have to choose career paths at high school or college levels.

Interested? Please send a one page letter of motivation (A4 or letter format) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 January, presenting your past experience and own vision for this particular project. Also, a few portfolio samples or link(s) to online material must be provided.

Full details of the project and a timetable of deadlines can be accessed here.


SCAR to Highlight Women in Antarctic Research

The presence and impact of female Antarctic researchers has increased rapidly. In the 1950s most countries did not allow women to work in Antarctica and there were few female Antarctic scientists. Today females are playing leading and influential roles in Antarctic research.

To help acknowledge the many great leading Antarctic women researchers, SCAR is hosting a Wikibomb* event to promote and celebrate the achievements of female Antarctic scientists within the SCAR community at the next Open Science Conference, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (22-26 August 2016). The aim is to increase the visibility of these leading and influential role models for our younger female researchers and to stimulate girls around the world to pursue science careers.

We are seeking nominations from the community for outstanding women involved in Antarctic Research. Get involved and nominate a female Antarctic researcher here:

For more information, please contact the Wikibomb organizer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* A wikibomb is a coordinated effort to increase the number of wikipedia entries on a specific topic. This was successfully done in Australia in 2014, and SCAR is following a similar procedure to help increase the presence of Female Antarctic Researchers on Wikipedia.

SCAR and AnT-ERA at COP21

SCAR logo white backgroundThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) was present in Paris meetings at COP21 this month by holding side events and press briefings. The impacts of climate change on the polar regions was highlighted. Although these issues are hugely complicated by multi-disciplinary environmental, physical and biological interactions – a major message has emerged – “there is a need to better implement results from climate impact projections into conservation strategies”.

SCAR reports that “Dr Julian Gutt, Chief Officer of the SCAR Science Research Programme Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA), has produced a report on the SCAR events at COP21 last week, which is available on the AnT-ERA website.”

“SCAR partnered with the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) to host a press briefing on the impact of climate change on the cryosphere which was webcast live. A recording of the webcast is available on the UNFCCC media website.”

“A side event was also held in the COP21 Nordic Pavilion in the afternoon entitled “View from Two Poles: Climate Lessons from the Arctic and Antarctica”. It was opened by Dr Valérie Masson-Delmotte, winner of the 2015 Muse Prize and Co-Chair of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Working Group 1.”

Google Earth Engine Scholars program

The Google Earth Engine Scholars program is a new travel scholarship program to support 15 students in the geoscientific fields who would like to attend AGU's Fall meeting, December 14-18, 2015, in San Francisco, CA.


  • Transportation, housing, and registration to the conference
  • Access to groundbreaking research presented at AGU
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to attend Earth Engine training

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college, university or community college in the US and at least 18 years old, we encourage you to apply.

Please read carefully through the information on the FAQ page before applying, then complete the application form. The application deadline is midnight PST November 24, 2015.

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