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USPA-PYRN ICOP Travel Grant Announcement!

The U.S. Permafrost Association will provide travel grants for U.S.-based students and post-graduate researchers (within six years of their terminal degree) to attend the 2016 International Conference on Permafrost in Potsdam, Germany. Successful applicants will receive $2,000. Travel grants will be awarded based on the merit of applications and their application to permafrost science and engineering. The applicant must be first author on a permafrost-related research presentation. Preference will be given to applicants who are current members of both USPA and the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN). Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Apply at by 24 April, 2016.

To view previous USPA travel grant award winners, see

To renew your membership, please visit

ECR events at EGU 2016

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There are a number of exciting events for early career scientists at EGU!

The EGU defines an Early Career Scientists (ECS) as an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or a scientist who has received his or her highest degree (BSc, MSc, or PhD) within the past seven years [excluding parental leave]

AOS 2016 Conference Statement


The Arctic Observing Summit 2016, which was held in Fairbanks in March, has just released their conference statement which identifies the need for a united circum-polar monitoring network. Specifically seven major recommendations were elucidated:

1. Develop international principles and protocols that establish ethical guidelines for research, for the involvement of Arctic Indigenous Knowledge holders, for the use of Indigenous Knowledge and the co production of knowledge. Develop mechanisms to enable collaborative approaches and building of trust among partners, such as researchers, Indigenous Peoples, private sector entities and others, to define observational needs, and to plan, prioritize, implement, and use sustained observations.

2. Propose to the highest levels of government, the business case for a comprehensive pan-Arctic observing system. This proposal should assess the costs and demonstrate the benefits for society at various levels, including an Implementation Plan that builds upon the present system and past planning, and that identifies needed resources including infrastructure, instrumentation, human capacity, the pathways to financing, and a strategy for sustained financing.

3. Create opportunities for stakeholder engagement as a critical component of an effective pan-Arctic observing system that includes strategies for improved communication, takes advantage of existing natural capital, creates avenues for research collaboration, identifies resources for capacity building and participation of local and Indigenous knowledge holders, and resolves jurisdictional, regulation and policy hindrances to active participation.

4. Coordinate the implementation of a pan-Arctic observing system with regional and global observing initiatives, and organize efforts in securing resources for its sustained operation through the leadership of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) initiative.

5. Advance a strategy for international funding, ideally with a single application and review process and contributions of resources from all partner countries, along with established national support mechanisms. Full implementation of a pan-Arctic Observing System requires coordination of funding efforts to support a globally connected and internationally accessible network.

6. Prioritize, on an ongoing basis, observations that should be started and maintained over the long-term by operational and other relevant agencies. Collaborative, sustained observations need to be implemented through a combined research-operational system that extends across all scales relevant to those it serves, making use of both long-term national/institutional funding and of project based competitive funding.

7. Work, through the IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee, to develop a broad, globally connected Arctic observing data and information system of systems that is based on open access data and standards, in addition to recognizing and addressing ethical use and proprietary rights of Indigenous Knowledge and that delivers value to Arctic and global communities.


Ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences: People and Place (ICASS IX) 8-12 June 2017 Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Call for Sessions
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, from 8-12 June 2017.

ICASS is held 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.

IASSA is now seeking proposals for sessions. Please submit them by 23 September 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 session, 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.

Polar Computing Hackathon submission deadline extended - April 15

Calling all polar scientists -

The EarthCube Polar High-Performance Distributed Computing Research Coordination Network (Polar HPDC RCN) is recruiting science proposals for a polar computing hackathon at XSEDE16 this July 17-21 in Miami. Polar science research questions from any domain(s) are welcome and experience in high performance computing is not required. The deadline for the *2-page* proposal submission has been extended to April 15, 2016. Winners will receive travel and expenses to attend the XSEDE ’16 conference and will have the opportunity to work with a team of computer scientists at no cost to make significant progress on their polar project over the course of a 2-day hackathon.

Please see the following link for submission information and help spread the word by forwarding along to others who may be interested.
More hackathon details can be found here:
The 2-page proposal template is here:

Thank you,
The Polar HPDC RCN team

IASC Bulletin 2016 now available

iasc webThe IASC Bulletin 2016 is now available online.

Each year the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) reports on its activities and highlights international Arctic science initiatives in its Bulletin. The 2016 Bulletin is now available for download on the IASC website. Those who prefer a printed version and plan to attend the ASSW 2016 in Fairbanks, we recommend to pick up a copy during the Summit. IASC partners, Council and Working Group members will receive their copies either by regular mail or at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) meetings in Fairbanks.

For a digital copy, please use the following link:

Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Offers Opportunity to Serve on Executive Committee

The Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) is an official network of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) that aims at investigating past, present and future changes in the Arctic marine ecosystem and their linkages to atmospheric, terrestrial and human components of the Arctic. ART was founded and remains steered by Early Career Scientists, with the support of an advisory board composed of leading Arctic scientists and previous ART Executive Committee members from different disciplines.

The ART network seeks new Executive Committee members in order to strengthen its interdisciplinarity, to develop the scientific vision of ART, and to implement new network activities. New ART EC members are expected to be in the beginning of their scientific career including late PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who are motivated by the scientific framework of ART and seek stimulating experience in network management and scientific leadership.
To apply, please complete the application form available here.

We are looking forward to your application!

Deadline: 1st April 2016.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Dr. Monika Kędra (ART co-chair)
Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
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Dr. Nathalie Morata (ART co-chair)
Akvaplan-niva, Norway
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Second international conference «Natural Resources and Integrated Development of Coastal Areas in the Arctic Zone»


The Federal Research Center for Integrated Studies of the Arctic – FRC ISArctic hereby announces the outset for registration to the Second international scientific conference «NATURAL RESOURCES and INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT of COASTAL AREAS in the ARCTIC ZONE» (Conference), which is to be held on 27–29 September, 2016 in Arkhangelsk, Russia.
The conference is arranged as a venue for collaboration and discussion between researchers, public authorities, businessman and stakeholders involved into implementation of tasks and objectives of the Russian Arctic policy. Conference is aimed at elaboration of research-based practical measures and instruments for realization of human, natural and transport-logistical potential of the Arctic zone, including development of the Northern Sea Route and implementation of models of integrated coastal areas management.
Conference organizers are: Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Government of Arkhangelsk region, Ural branch of the RAS (UB RAS), FRC ISArctic and International Arctic Science Committee.

The Conference agenda in 2016 will cover the following issues:
- Northern Sea Route and development of economic potential of coastal areas in the
- Technologies and methods of the Arctic research;
- Eco-systems and infrastructures under industrial development and climate change
- ethno-social and socio-cultural processes, indigenous population’ and international
cooperation in the Arctic;
- integrated management and governance in the Arctic.

The Conference will be followed by traditional Scientific school for young researchers for students, post-graduates and young researchers (up to 35 years old).

Registration is open until 31 May, 2016.

First Call letter.

Registration form.

Become a leader in the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN)

pyrn smallNow is YOUR opportunity to shape the future of the next generation of early career permafrost researchers!

The Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) seeks for a renewal of its current governing bodies - the Executive Committee (ExCom), Executive Council, and National Representatives. The terms for the new committee are for two years (2016-2018) and begin following the International Conference on Permafrost 2016 in June.

Apply by May 1, 2016!


PYRN is led by the Executive Committee (ExCom), supported by the Council, and several national representatives. The ExCom directs the activities of PYRN. It consists of 12 positions: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, newsletter editor, web manager, representative for the next permafrost conference following ICOP2016, and the PYRN executive council. You may apply for particular position; however, you are not required to state the office you are applying for.

The council is an advisory panel responsible for providing feedback from PYRN members to the ExCom. No formal positions exist, however council members may support the ExCom by participating in ExCom task groups.

A national representative can be any regular PYRN member representing their country. A nation can be represented by several people. All national representatives are automatically part of the Council.

For more information regarding these positions, you can read the PYRN Constitution and Bylaws.

Application Procedure

Please send your application by May 1, 2016, in the form of a motivation letter (max. 300 words) to the current PYRN president George Tanski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Your application should include the following points:

  • Motivation: Why are you interested in PYRN and being part of the ExCom, Council or National Representatives?
  • Responsibility: What is your major interest/responsibility (e.g. website, newsletter, social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), organizing workshops and meetings, outreach)?
  • Experience: Do you have any previous experience within PYRN or other networks?
  • Vision: Where do you see PYRN in the future and how would you like to contribute shaping the future of young permafrost researchers?

Selection Process and Announcement of new leadership

All applications will be received and reviewed by an application committee. Applicants will receive a notification acceptance by May 31, 2016. The new PYRN ExCom will be inaugurated during the PYRN general assembly on June 19, 2016, following the Young Researchers Workshop.

With best wishes,
Your current PYRN ExCom

Integrating Arctic Research - a Roadmap for the Future

icarp3 logoThe official outcomes of the Third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) were published online today. The report, entitled "Integrating Arctic Research – A Roadmap for the Future“ presents the key messages that emerged from the 2-year ICARP III process.

Initiated by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) with engagement from its partners, ICARP III provided a process for integrating priorities for forward-looking, collaborative, interdisciplinary Arctic research and observing, and for establishing an inventory of recent and current synthesis documents and major developments in Arctic research. The report identifies the most important Arctic research needs and provides a roadmap for research priorities and partnerships. The ICARP process points the way for scientists to take action, in cooperation with rights holders and stakeholders, to produce results that will have global impact. It concludes that the role of the Arctic in the global system, the prediction of future climate dynamics and ecosystem responses, and improved understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic environments and societies must be prioritized.

For more information please see the report and visit the ICARP III website:

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