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Permafrost Research Priorities ranking survey - Deadline: 20 December 2017

ipa logoClic logo1The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process back in 2014 to seek your input on the definition of research priorities in the field of permafrost science. It is now time to collect your opinion on the relevance of the questions that were submitted.

You can access the survey on the ranking of permafrost research priorities under the following link. The survey will be accessible until December 20th, 2017:

The initial process was very successful and as many as 359 researchers from 37 countries submitted research questions. The respondents were primarily active in the field of geomorphology, ecology, engineering and infrastructure. 79% of them had a PhD and 53.8% of them had more than 10 years of experience in permafrost research.

The core group spent a considerable amount of hours to read the research questions and to come up with a consolidated list to submit for vote. The consolidation consisted in removing duplicate questions, merge questions with very similar foci, correcting the syntax and spelling of the questions and check that the questions answered the criteria put forward in the first phase of the process.

The result is a list of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Some questions will look very similar to each other, but the core group decided on listing the submitted research questions in a very inclusive manner and not to perform too much merging. This leads to more representativeness of the original questions, but also to a greater number of questions.

In the survey, the responders are invited to review the questions by category and can choose to review only one category or several (i.e. if you are an expert in more than one category, you have the possibility to vote in several of them). The research questions are then displayed randomly to avoid a potential bias linked to questionnaire structure. Each research question is evaluated with a grade going from 0 to 10.

The evaluation period will run until December 20th, 2017. The core group will then examine the answers and come up with a list of consolidated overarching questions reflecting the selection made by the respondents.

Please feel free to share this announcement and the link with any of your colleagues who you think may be interested. Questions can be directed to Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

It’s only with the generous help of individuals like you that this global community driven list of permafrost research priorities can be successful.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Early-Career Cryosphere Event at AGU

agu logoAre you a cryospheric scientist currently in school or within 10 years of your PhD? If so, we would like to invite you to the Early Career, Early Entry event at AGU. This event is designed to help our AGU Cryosphere early career members network with program managers, senior scientists, and their peers in an informal and relatively small setting.

The event is Tuesday, 12 December 2017 from 6:15-6:45 P.M. in the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), Second Floor, Room 295-296. After the event, everyone can walk over to the Cryosphere reception at Mardi Gras World and keep the party going!

Please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the event.

Thank you,
Ellyn Enderlin & Ryan Webb
Early Career Representatives
AGU Cryosphere Focus Group

Extended abstract deadline for EUCOP5 (June 2018): 15 December 2017

In the continuation of the International and Regional conferences convened by the International Permafrost Association, the 5th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP 2018) will be held in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France, 23th June - 1st July 2018. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional

On the EUCOP 2018 website, you'll find the description of the 26 session topics, and some preliminary information regarding the program of this exciting week, the deadlines, the excursions, the social events, and so on.

The abstract submission process has opened on September 1st.
The abstract submission deadline has been extended and is now on December 15th 2017.

You can submit your abstract on the website until December 15th, using a pre-defined template file (MS Word format, max two A4 pages, max 5000 characters, spaces included, including figures and references).

Note that only one submission as first author is allowed for each author. Exception will be made for sessions # 4, 16 and 20 that have a specific Education and Outreach objective : one more submission per first author will be allowed for (only) one of these sessions (specific instructions will be given to authors by conveners of these sessions).

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The Local Organizing Committee of the EUCOP 2018

Call for content: Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018

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OCTOBER 9-11, 2018

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, is seeking individuals and organizations to provide abstracts, organize sessions and submit posters that will encourage a dialogue on Arctic biodiversity among scientists, indigenous peoples, policy makers, government officials, students, industry representatives and others at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018.

Submit via the online submission system by March 30, 2018

CAFF in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment, Finland, is organizing the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity. The Congress is relevant to all who wish to make specific and significant contributions to the conservation of Arctic biodiversity.

The Congress will be held in Rovaniemi, Finland on October 9-11, 2018, and will build upon the success of the first Congress, held in Norway in 2014.

Learn more about the Arctic Biodiversity Congress program and register now.

Please submit proposals for presentations, posters and/or sessions that address the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment recommendations and implementation actions by March 30, 2018.

Thank you for your interest in participating in and contributing to the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018!

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Call for Community Input: Arctic Observing Summit 2018

IASC AOSThe Executive Organizing Committee for the Arctic Observing Summit 2018 is seeking input on the topics under discussion at the Summit in the form of brief statements. More details on the AOS process and specific guidance on input sought are provided below. The theme for the Summit is The Business Case for a pan-Arctic Observing System.

The AOS 2018 will focus on pressing issues in the implementation and support of sustained observations that can be addressed through a business-case lens. To that end, short submissions are requested that address any and all aspects of the overarching theme and sub-themes.

For more detailed information on themes and submissions, please visit the AOS website.

P.S. Early-bird registration and accommodation are already open for Polar2018. Abstract submissions for the science conference are open until 12 November 2017.

Arctic Community Meeting Rooms Available at the AGU Fall Meeting

ARCUS Logo [No Text]The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces the availability of community meeting space at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), to be held 11-15 December 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. One- to two-hour blocks will be available for reservation in Riverside Rooms I and III on the second floor of the Hampton Inn and Suites New Orleans-Convention Center (1201 Convention Center Blvd.).

The Arctic Community Meeting Rooms are hosted by ARCUS to encourage collaboration and to facilitate face-to-face meetings of opportunity, and is funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs. Meeting space is available in one or two-hour blocks for groups working on Arctic research and/or education activities.

Basic audio/visual equipment will be available in both meeting rooms. Catering options are also available and orders may be placed through ARCUS. The deadline to place catering orders is Thursday, 16 November 2017. Catering menus will be provided upon request.

Please check the meeting room availability prior to submitting a reservation request. Meeting room schedules and availability will be periodically updated.

To view meeting room schedules and availability, go to:

To submit a reservation request, go to:
Meeting Room Reservation Request Form

Catering order deadline: Thursday, 16 November 2017.

For further information, please contact:
Stacey Stoudt, ARCUS
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POLAR2018: Abstract submission deadline extended to 12 November 2017

POLAR2018Had you meant to submit an abstract to one of the many exciting sessions at POLAR2018 but just didn't get around to doing it? There is your chance - the abstract submission deadline has been extended, it's now on Sunday, 12 November 2017, 6pm CET.

Abstract submission:

Session categories, descriptions and conveners:

All else:

We are looking forward to reading your abstract!

Call for nominations for 2018 SCAR Medals

SCAR logo white backgroundPeer recognition is a way of rewarding and highlighting those who exemplify the best of the Antarctic community and serve as models for the next generation. To provide this recognition within the Antarctic research community, SCAR created the Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the Medal for International Coordination, which were first awarded in 2006. At the SCAR Delegates Meeting in 2016, a new medal was approved, the Medal for Education and Communication, which will be awarded for the first time in 2018.

The SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research is awarded for sustained research contributions 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.

The SCAR Medal for International Coordination is awarded for outstanding and sustained contributions to international cooperation and partnerships. Nomination of persons that have advanced SCAR's mission to initiate, facilitate, co-ordinate and encourage international research activity in the Antarctic region are encouraged. Nominees should have a distinguished professional career history and a record of recognition of international activities by their peers including prizes, honorary degrees and other awards that demonstrate the person's impact.

The SCAR Medal for Education and Communication will be awarded for excellence or innovation in, and sustained commitment to, (a) communicating Antarctic research, (b) making a significant contribution to educating the next generation of Antarctic researchers, or (c) contributing to building new capacity in SCAR member countries. Nominees should have a significant record of achievement in terms of the quality, effectiveness and creativity of their engagement in one or more of these three key areas of education and communication.

To encourage nominations and ensure an open, fair and transparent selection process, recipients of the medals are selected by committee. There are no age restrictions or limits on nominees and no higher education degree requirements - everyone is eligible to be nominated. However, self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominations for 2018 Awards are open until 14 February 2018.

For further details and to nominate someone for a SCAR Medal, please go to the SCAR Medals section:

To see the past winners, visit the Awardees section:

PYRN newsletter Fall 2017

pyrn smallOn behalf of PYRN ExCom & Council we would like to present Fall Newsletter 2017!

In this newsletter you will find some updates on recent PYRN activities as well as information on events to come later this or next year.

Hoping you are well after field seasons,

IASSA Secretariat moves to the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, USA

iassa logo1The new locations of the IASSA Secretariat and ICASS X (2020) represent a unique collaborative effort between two institutions in the United States and Russia. From September 2017 to August 2020 the IASSA Secretariat will be housed at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, USA, while ICASS X in 2020 will be hosted by at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NARFU) in Arkhangelsk, RUSSIA.

The University of Northern Iowa is an emerging hub of Arctic social sciences research in the USA: the Arctic, Remote and Cold Territories Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICenter) has been established at the University in 2015 to recognize the rapid growth of Arctic research on campus. It now manages multiple Arctic research projects and serves as a home for two NSF Arctic social sciences research coordination networks (Arctic-FROST and Arctic-COAST), as well as for other Arctic cooperation initiatives. The Center’s strategic vision focuses on interdisciplinary, integrative, international initiatives with the emphasis on Arctic social sciences, sustainability research and community well-being studies. Center contributed to such hallmark international projects as Arctic Social Indicators, Arctic Human Development Report, Arctic Resilience Report, ECONOR and others. The Center is directed by Dr. Andrey N. Petrov.

New faces in IASSA Secretariat

First of all, many thanks to the Umea IASSA Secretariat! Peter, Gabriella, Linus and other Secretariat staff at Umea provided excellent service and support to the association, and it will be a hard act to follow. The new Secretariat will try to do its best. Please, meet our team:

Andrey N. Petrov, IASSA President:
I am a social scientist with a ‘circumpolar’ career: I was born, raised and educated in Russia, received my PhD in Canada (Toronto) and now work as Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the ARCTICenter at the University of Northern Iowa, USA. In addition to my two terms on the IASSA Council (2011-2017), I have served as a Vice-Chair and U.S. Representative on the IASC Social & Human Sciences Working Group (since 2017) and as the Chair of the Polar Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (2015-2017).
My research primarily focuses on economic issues in northern communities and policies of regional development in the Arctic. I study human-environment relationships and Arctic socio-ecological systems as well. I lead a number of circumpolar research initiatives, most importantly the international research coordination networks in Arctic sustainability (Arctic-FROST) and coastal resilience (Arctic-COAST). I have also been a lead contributor to Arctic Social Indicators, Arctic Human Development Report, Arctic Belmont, Arctic Horizons and other major international and interdisciplinary projects.

Ann P. Crawford, IASSA Secretary:
I am an administrative assistant in the Geography Department at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA. I was born and raised in Iowa and am still here! My grandparents came from Denmark to Cedar Falls in the early 1900’s. Even though I was not raised in Cedar Falls but in a small town of 800 people in Southeastern Iowa, I find a true connection to my Danish heritage and enjoy the international connections that have been made available to me in this job.
I work with special projects within the Geography department, including the ARCTICenter. My academic background, although in social sciences, does not directly fit this position with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology. I do however, have a strong belief that education is never lost and I use what I have learned in those fields all of the time. I have always loved winter and cold weather so I am happy to be working with programs about the Arctic.

IASSA Secretariat Staff:
Graduate assistants: Grant Burke: (Membership & Data), Varvara Korkina (Indigenous and Early Career Engagement), Christopher Pierce (Newsletter production), Matthew Ruiz (Social Media/Website).

Please send all correspondence and entries to the IASSA listserv and Northern Notes to Ann Crawford: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Web Resource -- Documented Practices and Resources for Productive, Respectful Relationships Between Researchers and Community Members

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces availability of a new webpage, Conducting Research with Northern Communities – Documented Practices and Resources for Productive, Respectful Relationships Between Researchers and Community Members. Scientific research in the Arctic necessitates good communication and cooperation with northern communities. This webpage is a compilation of resources, recommendations, and documented practices from a variety of organizations on working with northern communities. Resources include practices from across the north, relevant information from outside the Arctic, and resources specific to community-based monitoring.

View website:

This webpage is intended to be a living resource and will be updated as new information becomes available. Please visit the link above for more information. This effort is supported by the National Science Foundation - Arctic Sciences Section through Cooperative Agreement PLR-1304316.

UArctic Congress 2018: Call for Session Proposals - Extended Deadline

UARCtic Congress.pngSession call extended! New deadline is October 15th

The science section of the UArctic Congress will start in Oulu Sept 5 and conclude in Helsinki on Sept 7, 2018.
The call for session proposals is still open
Extended deadline October 15, 2017: submission form.

The UArctic Congress is an integral part of Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, and open to the scientists, students, policy makers, businesses and all other interested stakeholders. The science section will focus on the themes and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

We welcome proposals for session sessions which can be comprised of different forms including dialogues and discussions. Any innovative or new ways of arranging sessions are welcomed. In general the sessions runs for 90 minutes and can have several conveners, however we need one designated primary convener who will also be the main contact person.

The themes of the science sections follow are:

  • Environmental protection
  • Connectivity
  • Meteorological cooperation
  • Education

Proposals are submitted ONLY via our online submission form. Please note that you will have to register to the system. The registration will allow you to go back to your submission and also to evaluate and accept/decline abstracts in the later stage if your session is accepted to the congress.

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