Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

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Reminder - 2018 SCAR Fellowship applications deadline approaching

SCAR logo white backgroundThe deadline for applications for the SCAR Fellowships scheme 2018 has been extended until July 25th. This two week extension will be final and no further extensions will be considered. 

The extension has been applied in response to a number of requests received from potential applicants, resulting in part from applications discussed at the recent Polar2018 meetings.

SCAR has worked with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists to provide an online form which can be used to ask questions about the application process, required documentation and eligibility etc., and which can also be used anonymously. The replies will be added to the FAQ section of the Fellowships webpages.

Financial support available for Russian Early career scientists for UArctic Congress 2018

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IASC’s International Science Initiative in the Russian Arctic (ISIRA) are pleased to announce the availability of registration fee support for UArctic Congress 2018.

The support includes registration for 10 Russian Early career scientists (320 Euro per student). The costs will be reimbursed after the congress based on receipts that the selected student provides (unfortunately, upfront payment is not possible).
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Requirements for the funding:

  • Bachelor, Master and PhD students from the Russian institutions should have a proof of full-time student status (ID card or letter from your institution or program director) provided with the registration
  • Accepted abstract to present at the Scientific Program
  • The applicant should not have received IASC support in the past 18 months

Please submit your application or related questions to the email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the Email Subject please state “Your name, IASC student fellowship application”. Free form application should include the title of your accepted abstract and your contact information. Please attach a short 1 page CV with information about your education, working experience, and the number of publications with your application.

Application deadline is July 8th, 2018 at 23:59 GMT. Late applications will not be considered. No exceptions will be made.

Scientific Committee of the UArctic Congress 2018

YOPP Arctic Science Workshop – Call for Abstracts

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Submit an Abstract

 Further information at the workshop website.

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New IASC Strategic Plan, Executive Committee, and 2018 Bulletin

“2018-2023: Enhancing Knowledge and Understanding of the Arctic”
3e61a0d4-03de-4614-9ad2-0f169d4fd2bb.jpgAt their annual meeting, the Council of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) approved a new strategic plan.

IASC’s core mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation throughout the Arctic research community. Working to achieve this mission, this new plan is based on three scientific ‘pillars’ that provide direction for a necessary progression from knowledge production, to exchange, to action: Facilitating Arctic Research Cooperation, Promoting Engagement, and Ensuring Knowledge Exchange.

“Considering the profound changes currently taking place in the Arctic, a greater scientific understanding of the region and its role in the Earth system is needed. Importantly, this information must be passed on to policy and decision makers. IASC’s Strategic Plan will assist in this endeavor,” former IASC President Dr. Susan Barr said.

IASC‘s leadership and scientific working groups will now begin implementation of the plan. As IASC aims to serve the whole Arctic science community, IASC encourages the community to reach out to the members of the IASC Council and Working Groups to provide input and suggestions.

The full plan is available for download on the IASC website:

New IASC Leadership

In addition, the IASC Council elected a new president and two new vice-presidents to its Executive Committee. Congratulations to:

  • Larry Hinman (President, USA)
  • Henry Burgess (Vice-President, UK)
  • Paula Kankaanpää (Vice-President, Finland)

Vice-President Vladimir Pavlenko (Russia) was re-elected, and Vice-President Huigen Yang (China) continues.

As they begin and continue their four-year terms, the IASC Executive Committee operates as a board of directors and manages IASC’s activities between Council meetings; this group meets twice a year to discuss and evaluate science initiatives, look at new opportunities for international cooperation, prepare the agenda for Council meetings and review the budget.


2018 Bulletin
iasc webLast, but not least, IASC released its 2018 Bulletin, reporting on the IASC-supported activites over the past years. In it, the five IASC Working Groups (Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, Terrestrial) share exciting scientific highlights of their international and interdisciplinary work, IASC partners share their synergistic activities, and IASC leadership and Fellows share their perspectives on working with IASC.

You can download the new Bulletin, as well as previous issues, here:

All of these announcements are coming from the annual Arctic Science Summit Week, which is part of Polar2018 this year – an international science event bringing together the world’s leading experts and decision makers working in the Arctic and Antarctic, 15-26 June in Davos, Switzerland.

WMO/IOC Satcom Forum meeting invitation

ImageThe World Meteorological Organisation and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, invites you to a meeting of the Satcom Forum, 9th-11th October 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Satcom 2018 is a free event for scientists and engineers working in all areas of environmental science - including meteorology, hydrology, marine and polar science - who make use of satellite communications technology to collect or distribute data. It brings together people from the satcom industry, scientific equipment manufacturers, and scientists using the equipment in the field. It is a great opportunity to learn about what is available, and to share best practice.

They have already lined up a number of industry speakers, including representatives from Eumetsat, Orbcomm, Rock7 (specialist Iridium reseller) and Inmarsat, and hope to have as many of the commercial satellite networks represented as possible.

To register to attend the event, please use the following form:

They are also looking for papers or posters on the use of satellite communications within environmental science. These could include descriptions of existing systems, suggestions for the industry for new products or services, or good or bad experiences and learnings from setting up satellite data collection systems.

To register for a poster or oral paper, please use the following form.

They hope to make decisions about which will be selected by the beginning of August.

Satcom 2018 is held in conjunction with the Meteorological Technology World Expo, at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam. WMO can provide formal invitations to assist with visa applications if required. We regret that we cannot provide funding for travel costs for speakers or attendees.

Further details can be obtained from the WMO meeting page here

Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Photography Competition 2018

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As the Arctic Biodiversity Congress moves closer we would like to remind you to participate in the Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens photography Competition.

One grand prize winner will receive a trip to beautiful Rovaniemi, Finland. Selected images will be displayed at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress October 9-11, 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland, and be exhibited across Arctic countries.

The competition welcomes entries across four categories; landscape, biodiversity, peoples of the North and business and science in the Arctic. Young photographers are especially welcome to submit and the competition has special prizes for young photographers under the age of 18. Award-winning photographers Carsten Egevang, Gyda Henningsdottir, Einar Gudmann, Krista Ylinen and Lawrence Hislop will judge winning entries.

The eyes of the world are turning northwards. Arctic landscapes, wildlife, cultures and light have inspired people since time immemorial. The Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens photography competition is intended to celebrate the beauty of the Arctic as experienced by photographers of all skill levels. Further information can be found at the Arctic Biodiversity Through the Lens Photography Competition and in the terms and conditions.

Deadline for entries: August 1, 2018 by 24:00 GMT.

Please share and distribute this post among your colleagues, within your institution, and with anybody that shares our appreciation for Arctic biodiversity and photography.

Thank you,
CAFF International Secretariat
Borgir, Nordurslod, Akureyri, Iceland
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Quantarctica User Showcase at POLAR 2018

Bildschirmfoto 2018-05-31 um 11.10.15.pngThe Quantarctica Project ( at the Norwegian Polar Institute would like to invite you to an open side meeting at POLAR 2018 in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, 21 June from 12:30-14:00 in 'A Dischma'. You can view the full POLAR 2018 Side Meetings schedule here:

In this meeting, we will briefly show some of the many new layers, features, and improvements in the recently-released Quantarctica version 3, before handing the floor to a series of Antarctic researchers at various career stages in diverse scientific disciplines who will demonstrate how they use Quantarctica for planning, fieldwork, analysis, map and figure design, and education. This meeting will also offer an opportunity to engage with the Quantarctica Project Team and other Quantarctica users to ask questions, give feedback, and brainstorm or develop new map ideas.
Quantarctica was developed by and for the Antarctic community, and this meeting is open to all current and - (we hope!) - future users.

Quantarctica enables anyone to analyze high-quality open-access scientific data, plan logistics, and create production-quality maps and figures - on any operating system, free of charge. Quantarctica version 3 was released in early 2018 and adds new features and over 150 new data layers spanning the breadth of Antarctic research and operations, from glaciology and geology to environmental management and social science.


Information to EGBAMM and Life Sciences

POLAR2018Polar wildlife – connecting ecology, health and disease issues in a changing world
Side meeting, Polar 2018, Davos, June 15th 8:00-17:00

Thierry Boulinier (CEFE CNRS-Université Montpellier, France), Susan Kutz (University of Calgary, Canada), Andres Barbosa (CSIC – Natural History Museum-CSIC Madrid, Spain), Meagan Dewar (AHEaD, Federation University, Australia)

Wildlife species are of critical ecological and socio-economic and importance in Polar Regions, yet in the current context of global change they are experiencing increasing health challenges and the persistence of many species is uncertain. A better understanding of wildlife health status, including the diversity of pathogens and ecology of infectious and non-infectious diseases (e.g. toxins, immunity, and stress), is critical in order to anticipate, manage, and mitigate wildlife health issues at the poles.

The aim of this workshop is to identify key scientific knowledge gaps in wildlife health and disease and to foster new research initiatives and collaborations at the interface between ecology and diseases in Polar Regions, (Arctic, Antarctic and sub-Antarctic). We will discuss the importance of including parasites and disease issues in biodiversity observatory networks in polar areas. The implications of some wildlife diseases for human populations in polar areas will also be addressed. Twenty years ago the first workshop about wildlife diseases in Antarctic provided several recommendations on research and monitoring needs. Main outputs of this workshop will include updating the recommendations from the 1998 Antarctic wildlife disease workshop, discussion of protocols for wildlife disease and health surveillance in both Arctic and Antarctic, and identification of major research and monitoring gaps for wildlife health in both regions.

Workshop outline:
The workshop is open to anybody with interest on the topic. It will include invited contributions and time for discussions. Some of the participants, notably some invited early career scientists, are supported by funding from the Terrestrial Working Group of IASC.
08:00- 08:15 Welcome
08:15-10:30 Monitoring wildlife diseases in polar areas: why, what and how?
10:30-11:00 The/coffee break
11:00-12:00 Wildlife Health and ecology - global issues and case studies
12:00-13:30 Break for lunch
13:30-16:00 Break-out groups and general discussion

1) The conservation of polar wildlife biodiversity for the health of the poles
2) Priority concerns and knowledge gaps with respect to polar wildlife health: threats to polar wildlife health and sustainability
3) Solutions: How do we address these concerns to ensure healthy and sustainable polar wildlife?

16:00-17:00 Conclusion-Perspectives

The meeting organized with support from IASC (Terrestrial Working Group) and SCAR-EGBAMM Working Group of Health Monitoring of Birds and Marine Mammals

SCAR Celebrates its 60th Anniversary at the XLI Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

On Wednesday 16th May, SCAR hosted a lunch function for the Heads of Delegation of the Antarctic Treaty Parties, Observers and Experts to celebrate its 60th Anniversary.

The lunch was entitled The Road Ahead for Antarctic Science. A View from 60 Years of Science Facilitation and was supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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SCAR President Steven Chown gave a short overview of the history of SCAR and particularly its major science facilitation and advice successes. He then focussed on the future, noting that two major scientific challenges face the Antarctic community as a whole:

Understanding the future of the West and East Antarctic Ice Sheets and what this means for sea level rise;
Investigating the ways in which marine and terrestrial systems of the Antarctic will respond to global and local challenges, and what actions should be taken to conserve the region’s ecosystems and species.
He noted that addressing these challenges is in the global interest.

Speaking for the United Kingdom and New Zealand, Ms Amy Laurenson, Head of the Delegation of New Zealand to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, recognised the immense contribution SCAR has made to the work of the Antarctic Treaty system. Ms Laurenson noted the global significance of the outcomes of Antarctic science and the increasing public interest in them. She underscored the important role of the Antarctic community in conveying Antarctic science to the broader global community, including in the context of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report. In closing, Ms Laurenson wished SCAR a happy 60th Anniversary and many fruitful years to come.

Professor Michael Hambrey to receive the 2018 SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research

Michael Hambrey photoThe 2018 SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research has been awarded to Professor Michael Hambrey, Emeritus Professor of Glaciology, Aberystwyth University, UK, for his distinctive insights into the field of glaciology and of particular note the application of our understanding of modern glacial processes to interpreting ancient glacial sequences. Michael Hambrey's work was acknowledged as often the first thorough analysis in a particular sector, but if not, it was invariably groundbreaking.

After receiving the news about his award, Michael commented "I am delighted and honoured to receive the 2018 SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research. I have been fortunate to investigate modern glaciers in many parts of the world, and be able to use the knowledge gained to interpret older glacial sequences in Antarctica and elsewhere. This work could not have been undertaken without the wonderful collaboration I have had from colleagues around the world, notably the Antarctic community, with whom it has been a pleasure to work. I thank them for their contribution, and the SCAR Executive Committee in making this award."

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.

Professor Hambrey's application, led by Professor Julian Dowdeswell, was considered by an independent medal committee and approved by the SCAR Executive Committee. The medal will be awarded at the XXXV SCAR Meeting, during the Polar2018 Conference Dinner in Davos on the 21st of June 2018. Michael Hambrey joins a distinguished group of past recipients of this Medal including Robert Dunbar (2016), Steven L. Chown (2014), John Priscu (2012), John Turner (2010), Angelika Brandt (2008), and Paul Mayewski (2006).

For more information on SCAR Medals, please see

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