Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

IPY logo final webThe 2007-2008 International Polar Year (IPY) was an interdisciplinary, worldwide scientific program focused on the Arctic and Antarctic. The IPY was the fourth in a series that began in the late nineteenth century, with three previous manifestations in 1882-83, 1932-33, and 1957-58. The IPY involved over 200 projects from over 60 nations, which focused on all areas of physical, biological, and social sciences. The IPY also provided an unprecedented opportunity to translate scientific knowledge into information relevant to policy. The success of the IPY was showcased at the IPY: From Knowledge to Action conference in April of 2012 in Montréal.

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What's next?

What is the future of Polar Research?  Can we build on the success of the IPY to continue to tackle Polar issues in a changing world?  Plans are in the works for a new International Polar Initiative (IPI) that will do just that.  Read on to see the IPI concept draft abstract and tentative timelines, and stay tuned for ways that you can get involved!


LessonsofIPY bookcoverInternational Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY) was an intense, coordinated field campaign of observations, research, and analysis. It was the largest, most comprehensive campaign ever  mounted to explore Earth's polar domains. Legacies and Lessons of the International Polar Year 2007-2008 summarizes how IPY engaged the public to communicate the relevance of polar research to the entire planet, strengthened connections with the Indigenous people of the Arctic, and established new observational networks. You can download the pdf or buy the book here.


PolarResource bookcoverThe Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education & Outreach - was created to ensure efforts catalysed by the International Polar Year (IPY) will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers into the next generation of young, international, polar researchers with a shared commitment to outreach and education.  Learn more, or purchase the book here.

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