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Call for Arctic Field Summer School 2018 Applications and Abstracts: Arctic Coastal Environments in Rapid Transition

Call for Applications and Abstracts: Arctic Field Summer School 2018
Arctic Coastal Environments in Rapid Transition

Dates: 29 May - 9 June 2018
Locations: Utqiaġvik, Alaska and Fairbanks, Alaska

Application and abstract submission deadline: 28 February 2018

Organizers invite applications for their field school, a part of the International Partnerships for Excellence in Education and Research (INTPART) project "Arctic Field Summer Schools: Norway-Canada-USA collaboration." This opportunity is open only for U.S.-based graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities and the international partners will advertise separately. This field school is tentatively planned for 29 May to 9 June 2018 and be primarily based in Utqiaġvik, Alaska (formerly Barrow).

During this second field school, students will participate in and learn about remote sensing and ground-based field observations in Utqiaġvik, Alaska. The overall theme of the school is the study of processes of the Arctic coastal environment at the intersection between the marine, terrestrial, atmospheric, and cryospheric environments using ground-based and remote sensing observations. The course will be primarily based in and near the Barrow Environmental Observatory (BEO) and will be conducted in close collaboration with Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) Science, where participating students will receive introductory lectures and collect in-situ and remote sensing data to be analyzed in collaboration with their instructors. Students will formulate a project jointly with instructors and work on their project for the duration of the field school. Participants will make an oral presentation and submit an individual or group report at the end of the school, and will be able to earn credits for participation based on an assessment of the work.

The class will be offered as a two-credit University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) summer course and students willing to earn credits need to enroll for the class in advance. Travel grants (amounts will be determined later) will be issued by the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) to help offset or fully cover travel costs to Utqiaġvik, Alaska, as well as local costs and accommodation.

Applicants must submit a one-page motivation letter that outlines how this course fits into his/her graduate study and career plans, a curriculum vitae, and a recommendation letter from his/her current supervisor.

Applications should be submitted via email to Tohru Saito at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, go to:
Arctic Field Summer School 2018 webpage

For questions, contact:
Vladimir Alexeev
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Tohru Saito
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Call for Webinar Registration: NSF Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation Program

nsf logoCall for Webinar Registration: Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation Program
National Science Foundation
23 February 2018
1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Registration deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 22 February 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites registration for a webinar titled Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation Program. This webinar will convene 23 February 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

This solicitation focuses upon the integration of the data and software elements of advanced cyberinfrastructure. By integrating two major and long-running NSF program solicitations, Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2), under a single umbrella called Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI), NSF seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in integrated data and software cyberinfrastructure.

The goal of the integrated CSSI program is to create a cyberinfrastructure (CI) ecosystem that spans all levels of the data and software stack and scales from individual or small groups of innovators to large community resources. The program addresses all aspects of cyberinfrastructure, from embedded sensor systems and instruments, to desktops and high-end data and computing systems, to major instruments and facilities. The program will continue to nurture the interdisciplinary processes required to support the entire data and software lifecycle, and will successfully integrate development and support with innovation and research. Furthermore, the program will result in the development of sustainable CI communities that transcend scientific and geographical boundaries. The program envisions partnerships among academia, government laboratories, and industry, including international entities, for the development and stewardship of a sustainable infrastructure that can enhance productivity and accelerate innovation in science and engineering. Integrated education activities will play a key role in developing and sustaining the cyberinfrastructure over time and in creating a workforce capable of fully realizing its potential to transform science and engineering.

For more information and to register for the webinar, go to:
Complete webinar announcement

To view the full solicitation, go to:
Related NSF solicitation

For questions, contact:
Amy L. Walton
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Phone: 703-292-4538

NSF Solicitation for Proposals: Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation

nsf logoNSF Solicitation for Proposals: Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation
Data Infrastructure Building Blocks and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation

Full proposal deadline: 5:00 p.m. submitter's local time, 18 April 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites proposals for a Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program that encompasses the long-running Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) and Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2) programs. This solicitation focuses upon the integration of the data and software elements of advanced cyberinfrastructure.

This particular CSSI solicitation requests only Elements and Framework Implementations classes of awards, which include:

  • Elements (Data Elements or Software Elements) that target small groups that will create and deploy robust capabilities for which there is a demonstrated need that will advance one or more significant areas of science and engineering; and
  • Framework Implementations (Data Frameworks or Software Frameworks) that target larger, interdisciplinary teams organized around the development and application of common infrastructure aimed at solving common research problems faced by NSF researchers in one or more areas of science and engineering, resulting in a sustainable community framework serving a diverse community or communities.

Up to 15 Element awards and 13 Framework Implementations awards are anticipated, subject to the availability of funds.

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges: Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the U.S. acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions;
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies, and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities; and
  • NSF-sponsored federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) may apply, provided that they are not including costs for which federal funds have already been awarded or are expected to be awarded.

For more information, including additional proposal requirements and guidelines, go to:
View full solicitation

For questions, contact:
Marc Stieglitz,
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Phone: 703-292-2461

UAF Arctic Alaska Vegetation Field Course - June 2018

Simage.pngummer 2018 Field Course: Arctic Alaska Vegetation - 14-30 June 2018
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Registration begins: 12 February 2018

For more information and to register, please go to: and see the Summer School flyer.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) announces a 17-day summer field course in Arctic Alaska Vegetation. Open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in Arctic biology and ecology, the 3-credit course will be held 14-30 June 2018.

The class includes 2 days of classroom instruction and local field trips in the Fairbanks area before a 13-day field excursion to Alaska's North Slope. The course wraps up with 2 days for student presentations and local field trips in Fairbanks at the end. The field excursion will have a strong emphasis on Arctic environments, local people, and field sampling. Students will learn about Arctic vegetation, soils, landforms, permafrost, geology, wildlife, and land-use. The class will travel along the latitudinal transect from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, which traverses boreal forest, alpine, and Arctic biomes. Students will undertake an independent research project of their choosing.

Eleven days will be spent camping at different locations along the route. We will also stay 2 nights at Toolik Field Station, a world-renowned Arctic research station. Guest instructors will discuss Arctic ecology, permafrost, life in Arctic communities, and environmental issues related to oilfield development and other aspects of Arctic social-ecological systems.

The cost of transportation and meals during the field excursion is included in the course fee, as well as lodging at Toolik Field Station and on UAF’s campus. (Students are responsible for meals during the 4-day campus portion of the course.) Students will need to bring all-weather clothing including winter jackets and rubber boots, and a warm sleeping bag. Expedition tents will be provided.

The course is limited to 12 undergraduate and/or graduate students. To register or for more information, go to A $500 non-refundable deposit is required by 15 April 2018. The balance of the course payment is due 15 May. International students must submit an International Student Summer Application and supporting documents by 15 March 2018 (see

Pre-requisites: 6 credits of fundamentals in biology or related science disciplines and permission of instructor.

Call for Applications: Research and Monitoring Projects at Rif Field Station, Iceland

Call for Applications - Research and Monitoring Projects
Rif Field Station, Melrakkaslétta and Raufarhöfn, Iceland

Application deadline: 2 April 2018

Rif Field Station invites applications for research and monitoring projects from scientists, university students, or groups interested in using the station's facilities for research and monitoring projects during 2018. The station is situated in the village of Raufarhöfn. Raufarhöfn is located in the northern-most part if Iceland in a low Arctic area called Melrakkaslétta peninsula.

The station's main objectives are to promote and enhance research and monitoring in Melrakkaslétta based on the area's unique natural environment; collect, track, and share information; and support the local community through education and guidance on environmental management.

This opportunity offers possibilities for research and monitoring within the field of natural science (e.g. vegetation, bird life, freshwater biology, coastal ecosystems, geology, and geomorphology) and human-nature interactions. Organizers offer accommodation and working facilities for handling of specimens and materials along with a small office space with internet access.

Well-developed student projects deemed relevant for the area and that meet the station's objectives, but are partially-funded or without funding, have the possibility of gaining free access to the station.

Rif Field Station is part of International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT) and has been chosen as one of three stations within the research network to start implementing and testing the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) of the Conservation of the Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF). The station is supported by six Icelandic research institutions and the Norðurþing municipality.

Applications should be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application information is available at: Applications webpage

For more information, go to:
Complete Call for Applications (PDF 860.21 KB)

For questions, contact:
Jónína Sigríður Þorláksdóttir
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Phone: +354-856-9500

Robert G. Raskin Scholarship in Earth Science Informatics

The Director of ESIP Lab, Annie Burgess, is pleased to announce the 2018 Raskin Scholarship for students or early-career scientists in Earth science informatics.

In March 2012, the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) lost long-time member, Rob Raskin. Rob was soft-spoken, easy-going, wise and an Earth science information partner extraordinaire. Rob was a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. In collaboration with Rob’s family, ESIP remembers Rob and his dedication to support the next generation of Earth science data and technology leaders through the Robert G. Raskin Scholarship.

Details in Brief:
Award: $5000/year + Travel to the 2018 ESIP Summer Meeting
Eligibility: Student, Graduate Student, Early Career (5-years post degree)
Application Deadline: April 2, 2018

For more details on eligibility and how to apply, please visit their website.

2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting: open discussion with NSF Arctic Sciences Programs

2018 Ocean Sciences MeetingProgram Directors from NSF’s Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences Section will provide an overview of recent and upcoming news of interest to the research community. Topics will include staffing changes in the Arctic Section, proposal pressure in 2017 versus 2016 without proposal deadlines, and upcoming opportunities at NSF of interest to Arctic researchers. NSF anticipates giving a brief presentation with the bulk of the time devoted to questions and discussion.

For more information visit:

Inspiring Girls Workshop: your chance to develop a field-based science program for girls

Inspiring Girls ExpeditionsGirls on Ice Switzerland is a tuition free program for teenage girls 15-17 years old and is one of the expeditions offered by Inspiring Girls Expeditions. We run wilderness science expeditions different from typical technical mountaineering courses or science "summer camps" in that we truly integrate the wilderness challenge with the intellectual challenge. Inspiring Girls Expeditions are taught by teams of professional scientists, artists, and mountain guides.

Girls on Ice Switzerland is hosting an instructor workshop for future expedition leaders. We also want to inspire new partner programs to expand Inspiring Girls Expeditions to other languages, countries and regions, so we can offer this experience to more girls. Erin Pettit, the founder and director of Inspiring Girls Expeditions, will be in Switzerland to lead this workshop.

We are looking for female scientists who are interested in teaching existing Inspiring Girls Expeditions, or who are interested in taking leadership roles in developing new programs based on the successful Inspiring Girls philosophy. For example:
- Girls on Ice: in your language/country
- Girls on Rivers / in Rain Forest / on Volcanoes / in Snow / ... : linking kayaking, mountaineering, hiking, skiing with geomorphology, ecology, chemistry, physics, geology or snow science.

Also - if you are an artist or guide who is interested in teaming up with a scientist to develop a program, we can provide help with connecting potential leadership teams.

Please visit for more information on the workshop.

The workshop takes place in Switzerland from 11th to 14th of June, 2018. Workshop and accommodation costs are covered by Girls on Ice Switzerland. Travel costs to and from the course location are the responsibility of the participants. If the number of participants is larger than we expected, we might charge a small fee for accommodations.

If you are interested in participating please send your full application via this form until 30th of March, 2018. Let us know why you want to participate and how you could contribute to Inspiring Girls Expeditions. The application should contain your interest in Inspiring Girls Expeditions or new project ideas (Wilderness and Intellectual/Scientific context, Educational philosophy) and your experience in the field of teaching and wilderness.

We will review applications as they come in and we will stop accepting applications when all spots are filled.

ACDC 2018 applications are now open

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Topic: Hemispheric Asymmetry in Climate

Venue: Finse Arctic Research Center, Hardangervidda National Park, Norway. 

Dates: 17th-28th September, 2018

Application deadline: 10 March 2018 - application form can be found here:

Target: Advanced PhD candidates and early career scientists.

Goal: To mix students and lecturers with empirical and dynamical training within climate science and focus on understanding the basic principles and dynamics relating to asymmetries in climate.

Price: All local expenses (such as accommodation, food and field work) on site are covered by the summer school, but participants have to cover their travel to Norway themselves.

Key topics to be included:
- hemispheric asymmetry in the mean climate
- asymmetry in deep water formation
- hemispheric phasing of Quaternary climate changes
- bipolar seesaw (leads and lags)
- spatial and temporal manifestations of rapid climate changes

Confirmed lecturers: David Battisti (University of Washington), Jake Gebbie (WHOI), Patrick Heimbach (UTexas/MIT), Kerim H. Nisancioglu (UiB/UiO), Øyvind Paasche (UiB), Tore Furevik (UiB), Iselin Medhaug (UiB/ETH Zurich).

Check for continuous updates on list of lecturers and program:


The Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses (ACDC) are yearly summer schools organized by the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (University of Bergen) in collaboration with the University of Washington, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Texas at Austin with support from the Centre for Internationalization of Higher Education (SiU) and the Research Council of Norway. Partners for this year’s summer school include Harvard University, McGill University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and IBS Centre for Climate Physics.

For contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Flyer

Best regards, on behalf of the ACDC team!

National Science Foundation Policy against harassment affirmed

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP), which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, has issued a policy statement that affirms that the program "is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment, free of any form of harassment."

The document notes that "harassment can take many forms" and provides definitions of behaviors that are deemed unacceptable, including "any unwelcome verbal or physical conduct" under the heading of "harassment." It also separately defines behaviors that constitute "sexual harassment."

The document is signed by senior OPP officials, as well as a senior representatives of the Program’s logistical support contractor and senior officers of military units that provide logistical support to the program.

The policy encourages members of the Antarctic community who may feel that others are violating the principles and standards laid out in the document to report the objectionable behavior "as soon as safely possible."

Read the document in its entirety here:

Young Researcher Innovation Award on Cryosphere Science and Mountain Areas

POSTER youngresearchThe Complutense University of Madrid, through its research group of PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY IN HIGH MOUNTAINS (GFAM), and Guadarrama Monitoring Network (GUMNET) in collaboration with the scientific journal Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica / Geographical Research Letters (, opens a call for the "Young Researcher Innovation Award in Cryosphere Science and Mountain Areas".

Young researchers in the process of presenting their PhD thesis or who have defended it not before January 1, 2014 are encouraged to participate.

Research topics should be encompassed in one of the two main fields:
a) Cryosphere Science (glaciology, permafrost, snow cover, frozen soils, glacial and periglacial geomorphology, biological processes in frozen areas, etc).
b) Research on Mountain Areas (meteorology, climatology, tectonics, geomorphology, volcanism, soils, biogeography, torrential dynamics, natural hazards, geoheritage, management issues, territorial planning, etc).

All the information (manuscript submission, contacts, awards, key dates etc) are available at:

You may also contact:Prof. David Palacios ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Travel Grant Opportunity (pending final NSF approval)

TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY (pending final NSF approval)
SCAR Open Science Conference
Davos, Switzerland; 19-23 June 2018

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) is held every two years and will be in Switzerland from 19-23 June 2018 ( The XXXVth SCAR OSC will be held in conjunction with POLAR2018, and bring together scientists from around the world with interests in both Antarctic and Arctic science. The OSC is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the most recent and important results of research in polar disciplines.

Travel Grant Opportunity: Applications for partial travel support (up to ~$1800; e.g., airfare, meeting registration fees, per diem, lodging or other documented travel expenses) are sought from students, post-doctoral researchers and other scientists at US institutions. Preference will be given to early career investigators (students and those within 5 years of completing PhD). Individuals from underrepresented groups in the sciences (i.e., women, persons with disabilities, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians) are encouraged to apply. Funding will be provided by the National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs (pending final approval).

Eligibility: 1) You must be employed by/enrolled in a US institution, funding cannot be provided to anyone at a non-US institution. 2) You must present a talk or poster on Antarctic research at the 2018 SCAR Open Science Conference. 3) Applicants may not have access to current NSF grants with travel funds already designated for attendance at the SCAR OSC.

Application: The application form is available at Reimbursement of funds will require submission of receipts after travel is completed. Air travel must be purchased through a US-flag carrier (no exceptions). Travel advances are not possible, and credit card statements are not valid as receipts.

Deadline for Applications: 1 March 2018

Questions: Contact Deneb Karentz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), University of San Francisco

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