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Call for applications: Early career representatives in Knowledge-Action Networks

Early career researchers and professional newcomers now have the opportunity to join Future Earth's Knowledge-Action Networks by applying to become a member of their development teams. The deadline is 2 November 2016.

Future Earth is opening up its Knowledge-Action Networks to early career researchers and early career professionals. Becoming part of Knowledge-Action Networks in their early stages will allow you to shape innovative research agendas over the coming years and connect with a global network of leading academics and professionals.

Future Earth explicitly welcomes applications from both practitioners and scientists, so from both university graduates and professionally trained people without a university degree. Eligible candidates should have started their careers or finished their master’s degree maximum ten years ago. It is also a necessary requirement to be a member of an early career network, group or organisation. All applicants need to have a strong link to sustainability.

Apply now by filling in this form until 2 November 2016 and become part of Future Earth’s innovative research projects for global sustainability!

More information on our website:

USPA Student Travel Grants Available

The U.S. Permafrost Association (USPA) invites applications from U.S. based students and post-graduate researchers for travel grants to attend the 2016 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meetings in San Francisco.

Eight grants will be awarded at a value of $500.00 each. Applicants must be first author on a permafrost-related research presentation at the AGU Fall Meetings. Preference will be given to applicants who possesses both USPA and Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) memberships.Two of the grants are reserved for engineering disciplines. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 16 October 2016

For further information and to download the application, go to:

Or, contact: 

Daniel Vecellio
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Dr. Allen Pope appointed new IASC Executive Secretary

iasc webFollowing a competitive hiring process with various highly qualified candidates, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is happy to announce that Dr. Allen Pope will be IASC´s new Executive Secretary as of 01. January 2017.

AllenPopeBefore coming to IASC, Dr. Allen Pope held positions as a research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (University of Colorado Boulder) and the Polar Science Center (University of Washington) where he researched remote sensing of glaciers. He also was a visiting scientist at Dartmouth College where he taught a course on Polar remote sensing. Allen holds a Ph.D. and a M.Phil. in Polar Studies from Cambridge University where he worked on multispectral remote sensing of Arctic glaciers and conducted glaciological fieldwork in Antarctica, Iceland, Svalbard, Sweden, Alaska, Canada, and Nepal. He has worked extensively with a range of international scientific organizations, including as a council member of the American Geophysical Union and president of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists. You can find out more about Allen and his research at He also enjoys sharing and discussing polar science with the public and tweets @PopePolar.

Results of external review of SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks)

SAONSAON (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks) was recently reviewed by an external committee, which included APECS member Justiina Dahl. The committee looked at SAON's accomplishments and made recommendations for future directions.

SAON was formally established in January of 2012, although the concept had been under development under the auspices of the Arctic Council as early as 2007. Its purpose is to support and strengthen the development of multinational engagement for sustained and coordinated pan-Arctic observing and data sharing systems that serve societal needs, particularly related to environmental, social, economic and cultural issues. SAON promotes the vision of well-defined observing networks that enable users to have access to free, open and high quality data that will realize pan-Arctic and global value-added services and provide societal benefits.

In 2016, the SAON board convened an external review committee to review the first five years of SAON's accomplishments and make recommendations for future directions. The review committee concluded that SAON is valued by the Arctic observing community, but has yet to reach its full potential. The committee offered recommendations in several critical areas. Both the executive summary and the full report are available online. Click here to access the executive summary, and click here to access the full report.


Invitation to Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders 2017 - Call for applications from young scientists

Invitation to Participate


for the Arctic challenge, Norway 18 - 24 January 2017

Future activities and operations in the Arctic call for a broad understanding of the opportunities and challenges to ensure sustainable development. Emerging Leaders calls for young professionals and Ph.D. students/post docs to meet with representatives from academia, business and the public sector through an inspiring and educational program.


Emerging Leaders will take place from 18th to 24th January 2017. 30 selected candidates from different countries will participate in a blend of technical, social and cultural events accompanied by mentors from business, politics and academia. The program starts in the city of Bodø, then continues onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express “Hurtigruten” and ends in Tromsø, “the gateway to the Arctic”. To explore the marine resources and potential in the Lofoten Islands, a stopover will be made in Svolvær. The participants will be challenged to engage in discussions and presentations during the program.

The Emerging Leader program is linked to the topic of Arctic Frontiers 2017 "White Space – Blue Future" and includes the following sessions:

  • Session 1 Politics and Security in the High North
  • Session 2 New Conditions for Blue Growth
  • Session 3 Technology Development and Arctic Business
  • Session 4 Workshop, preparing a presentation

Further information
Emerging Leaders enrolls approximately 30 participants, under the age of 35, both Norwegians and internationals, with a blend of Ph.D. students/post docs and young professionals from the public and business sectors. The program fee is NOK 37.500 VAT included per participant. Ph.D. students/post docs affiliated with Norwegian university colleges, universities and research institutes may apply for a grant from the Research Council of Norway. Ph.D. students/post docs at research institutions abroad who has a scientific focus relevant for Emerging Leaders 2017 could also be considered. The fee covers:

  • Accommodation (hotel accommodation for six nights) and transport (including Hurtigruten from Bodø to Stamsund)
  • Food and cultural activities (including RIB trip and Lofotr Viking Museum.)
  • Registration fee for the two-day policy section (23. – 24. January) at the Arctic Frontiers 2017 conference

For questions concerning Arctic Frontiers' Emerging Leaders program or how to apply for funding for young scientists made available by the Research Council of Norway, please contact project manager Laura Johanne Olsen (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: +47 90 75 12 75).

Please note that registration is open until November 1st.

Here you can find the program for Emerging Leaders 2016 and funding criteria. The program for Emerging Leaders will be published as soon as possible.

ArcticNet ASM2016: Call for Abstracts - Update and 3rd Announcement

The 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.

There are also several proposed dedicated Topical Sessions – please contact the convener if you wish to participate:

  • Kitikmeot Region Marine Science Program (Kristina Brown: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Hudson Bay Region (Lauren Candlish: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • GEOTRACES (Roger Francois : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Oil in the Arctic – Science and Policy Issues (Gary Stern / Casey Hubert: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Inuit Health Metrics That Matter (Sherilee Harper: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Glacier Changes (Luke Copland / Anna Crawford: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Sea Ice Physical and Biological Processes (C.J. Mundy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Participatory Research: State of the Field (Noemie Boulanger-Lapointe: 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 pleased to have 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 (transportation will be provided) and will feature a performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers.

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.

Travel Grants for Attending the Quantarctica User Workshop associated with the Nordic Branch of the IGS Meeting, 26-28 October, Tromsø, Norway

NPI logo engQuantarctica logo v3 nobgThe Norwegian Polar Institute is pleased to announce a limited opportunity for full travel funding (airfare + accommodation) to students and researchers attending the Nordic Branch of the IGS meeting in Tromsø, Norway, from 26-28 October 2016.

Funding is provided by the Quantarctica project ( and is contingent on active participation in the Quantarctica User Workshop on the morning of Wednesday, 26 October. Eligibility is not strictly limited to Antarctic researchers. However, we ask that only those who have a genuine interest in including Quantarctica/QGIS in their research toolbox apply.

Those interested should submit a short (1-2 paragraph) summary of their research background and statement of interest to the Quantarctica Project Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Any questions are also welcome.

Please note that due to cost concerns and the regional scope of the meeting, we limit submissions to Antarctic researchers based in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). However, researchers from other countries may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Quantarctica project strongly encourages applications from students and early-career researchers.

Extended Call for Sessions - Ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences: People and Place (ICASS IX)

iassa logo1The IASSA Council has prolonged the deadline for Session proposals to 7 October 2016.

The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) announces the 9th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS IX) to be held at the campus of Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden, 8-12 June 2017. ICASS is arranged every three years, bringing together people from all over the world to share ideas about social science and humanities research in the Arctic. ICASS VIII, held in May 2014, attracted 470 participants from 27 different countries.

Please submit your session proposals by 7 October 2016 to Gabriella Nordin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please include session title, name of organizer and complete contact information, and a brief description of the session. General ideas on sessions will also be gratefully accepted.

ICASS IX's theme is People & Place. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsibility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on the many different parts of the Arctic and the people that live there. The multiple Arctics have lately been addressed by many policy makers and researchers. The purpose is often to counteract the stereotypic understanding of the Arctic too often represented by icebergs and polar bears. A focus on people and place highlights the many variances across the region in terms of climate, political systems, demography, infrastructure, history, languages, legal systems, land and water resources etc. etc. We welcome sessions and papers on all facets of the North. And, as always, we also welcome sessions and papers on all other subjects of relevance to our members.

We encourage the participation of indigenous peoples, northern residents, decision-makers and politicians, as well as academics, so that ICASS IX provides a rich environment in which to advance discussions on sustainabilities in the North and on other Northern matters.

The Call for Papers will be distributed in Autumn 2016, with a preliminary list of sessions.

AGU Elections are Open

Take part in helping to shape AGU’s future in the 2016 AGU Election. Get to know this year’s candidates and vote through 27 Sept! 

This year there are quite a few cryospheric scientists up for election. In addition to the Cryosphere Focus Group (Lora Koenig & Ian Howat for president, Sinead Farrell & Byron Parizek for secretary), other polar scientists are up for election - including Robin Bell (running for President of AGU), TJ Young (for student candidate of the AGU Council), and Anna Hogg (for early career member of the AGU Council).

Every AGU member will have been sent their voting credentials individually. If you have not received san email, please contact AGU member services.

Every vote counts! Vote and let your voice be heard to choose your Earth and space science community leaders. Deadline is 27 September.

Allen Pope

IASC Photo Call: Calendar and Yearbook 2017

Every year around spring, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) publishes its yearbook. Around 1500 copies of the IASC bulletin are widely circulated by mail and distributed at the Arctic Science Summit Week. For graphics and photographs we depend solely on what our council members, related research institutes and scientists themselves send us. For the publication of the yearbook 2017 and other IASC publications such as the website, brochure and calendar, we are looking for new photographs. We welcome images depicting all areas of arctic science: ranging from scientists in the field, animals, landscapes, to everyday life on the work floor and much, much more.

Although we are not able to pay for the copyrights, we of course mention the photographers name and (if required) the institute he or she works for. The photographer always receives a copy of the print by regular mail. The image quality must be around 3500 x 2500 pixel.

With each photo we would appreciate:
• a short description about what we see and background information on the project/research;
• place;
• name of photographer / Institute;
• contact information.

You can send the photographs by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Should the files be very large, please send me a short note with your name and I will send you an invitation for a dropbox folder where you can upload the photographs.

We thank everyone who takes the effort to send in their photos. However, we usually receive more photographs than we can place and therefore have to make a selection based on geographical and thematic representation. We only notify the photographers who's contributions are selected for publication.

Unless, indicated otherwise, we will assume that we are free to use the photograph for any IASC involved publication. Non of the photographs in our database are used for commercial purposes. Should we receive a commercial request we will always refer the inquirer to the photographer.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact me (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For more information on our publications and work, you can visit our website at

Thank you and best wishes,
Ursula Heidbach
(IASC Secretariat)

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.

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