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List of arctic events 2019

June 4 online WMO Arctic Regional Climate Center and Pan Arctic Regional Climate Outlook Forum

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Speaking: Renee Tatusko, NWS

Based on the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Regional Climate Center's (RCCs) concept and as a legacy of the 2007-2008 International Polar Year, the Arctic Regional Climate Center (ArcRCC) network has been established. The ArcRCC is a network of the Arctic national meteorological and ice services that is providing pan-Arctic seasonal temperature, precipitation, and sea ice products. The ArcRCC began a 2-year demonstration phase in May 2018. In support of the ArcRCC initiative, Pan-Arctic Regional Climate Outlook Forums (PARCOFs) occur every May (a face-to-face meeting) and October (virtually). These forums allow for the national meteorological and ice services to meet and prepare the seasonal products in consultation with different Arctic user groups. The PARCOFs produce seasonal summaries of the past season describing actual temperature, precipitation, and sea-ice details/trends; seasonal outlooks for the upcoming season for temperature, precipitation, and sea ice; and a Consensus Statement which reviews the trends in the historical monitoring data and explains the forecasts in a text format providing greater regional details, i.e., forecasted sea-ice freeze-up and break-up. This presentation will provide an overview of the ArcRCC and the latest information from the Third PARCOF held in Rovaniemi, Finland, May 8-9.


Registration
We strongly encourage pre-registration for webinars. The audio portion of the call is through a toll-free phone line and the slide presentation is streamed via computer.

See our webinar information page for instructions on participating through your home office or at a satellite viewing location with others in your community.

June 2-9 Finland, Norway, Russia Future Arctic Societies

The Calotte Academy is an annual traveling symposium and an international scientific forum in the North Calotte region of Europe. It is designed to promote interdisciplinary discourse as well as academic and policy-oriented dialogue between senior researchers, early career scientists and advanced graduate students and other northern stakeholders, such as policymakers, civil servants and community leaders and planners. It is a “school of dialogue” and it is participatory by nature: the principle is to share knowledge and experiences between scientists and communities.

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June 3-5 Rovaniemi Arctic Arts Summit 

Arctic Arts Summit 2019 - The Arctic as a Laboratory for sustainable art and cultural policy 3 - 5 June 2019, Rovaniemi, Finland

The Arctic region is changing rapidly. On the one hand, ecological, cultural, social and economical changes pose challenges for well-being and sustainable development and on the other hand, some of the changes also create new possibilities. In the Arctic Arts Summit 2019 the challenges and circumstances in the Arctic are seen as 'laboratory' in which sustainable art and cultural policy is developed in collaboration with all of the Arctic counties. Artists and representatives of art and cultural policy will discuss the theme and promote circumpolar collaboration. The event will be the second Arctic Art Summit: the first one was arranged in Harstad, Norway, in 2017. 

Artists and other actors of art and cultural sector and policy will attend from all of the countries that are members of the Arctic Council: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States. In addition, participants from countries that show interest towards the Arctic matters are invited: representatives of China, Japan and Scotland. International journalists are also invited.

The key aim of the Arctic Arts Summit 2019 is to support art and cultural sectors in the circumpolar collaboration. We need to recognize, develop and promote sustainable and responsible models of action, long term planning, infrastructure in the creative field and cooperation in education. The indigenous art and cultural policy as well as interdisciplinary research on the impact of the art and culture are essential themes of the summit. 

When planning your travel to Summit please notice the possibilities for visting other academic and cultural events too. The Cumulus conference “Around the Campfire - Resilience and Intelligence" on 27 May - 1 June 2019 invites you to discuss the themes of resilience and intelligence. Just after the Summit, The Silence Festival gathers the most interesting performances and artists from the fields of contemporary circus and music to Kaukonen village (6 June - 9 June). The Midnight Sun Film Festival is an annual five-day film festival in Sodankylä (12 June -16 June).

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June 10 - 14 Umeå Local Democracy Academy

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The academy is organised around interactive and participatory sessions. Participants are expected to contribute, read, write and actively engage in different sessions. All sessions should have a gender, sustainability and human rights perspective.

Do you want to share ideas and collaborate across disciplines? Provide research andinnovative policy recommendations answering to society ́s greatest challenges? Then apply to our Local Democracy Academy!

The Local Democracy Academy is a study program that
brings together an international group of leading scholars, post-doctoral scholars, junior researchers, doctoral students, local policy makers and government officials for an intensive week of mutual learning, critical thinking and joint exploration of new ideas and approaches to achieving the SustainableDevelopment Goals.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Senior and junior researchers, post-doctoral scholars and doctoral students interested in the role of cities and localgovernments in development can apply.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

  • Seminars that foment cross-disciplinarylocal-democracy discussions.
  • Workshops on the writing of innovative research proposals, cutting-edge papers, and effective policy briefs.
  • Group engagement on your own writings labs on researchmethods and policy development.

THE 2019 THEME IS

Global Challenges andLocal Governments:Toward Transformative Policy and Practice.

THEMATIC STREAMS

  • Social accountability and alternative forms of participation in local democracy
  • From climate crises to climate action: roles for local governments
  • Global Migration: Rebel cities and communities in search of inclusion
  • Children and youth influence inlocal decision making
  • Urban creativity and inclusive cities
  • Local governments in post-conflict countries: conflicts and possibilities

Application period: March 1-30 2019.
For more information and online application form visit www.icld.se/LDA

Cost: Participation is free of charge.

The academy is sponsored by the grant providedby Sida to The Swedish International Centre forLocal Democracy (ICLD). Organized incollaboration with Umeå University and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

June 19-20 Paris Changing Arctic - Impact of new technologies and traditional know-how

 The Arctic is a major priority of scientific collaboration between France and Norway. Building on the success of the 2016 Franco-Nordic seminar in Tromsø, the Institut français de Norvège and the Research Council of Norway in cooperation with the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) invite you to participate to the new event taking place on June 19th and 20th in Paris entitled:
 

Contribution of traditional ecological knowledge and modern technologies in a Changing Arctic


     The Arctic region is especially exposed to climate change, undergoing fast-paced transformations. Its natural resources attract all kinds of industries, from fisheries to oil drilling, while local communities are going through important socio-economic changes. These rapid modifications have led to significant degradations of the local biodiversity, which in turn affect different sectors of the economy, like reindeer herding or fishing.

     This seminar aims to tackle local population’s adaptation to these evolutions in the Arctic’s industry and biodiversity, in a climate change context. How can modern technology, social and biological science work collaboratively with local and indigenous ecological knowledge? We will focus on the contribution of traditional ecological knowledge and modern technologies, as well as the complex interactions between them.

      The seminar will last a day and a half, with a full day of presentations and debates, followed by half a day of collaborative work in groups. Please find more the programme and register on the Seminar Website.

     Some funds can be provided to support mobility of participants travelling from Norway. Please contact us at science@france.no.

     Feel free to forward this invitation to your network.

     Best regards, Jean-Michel Portefaix
 

Attaché pour la science et la technologie / Vitenskappattaché
Pôle Scientifique et universitaire de l'Institut Français de Norvège/Avdeling for høyer utdanning og vitenskap

T +47 23 20 30 22   M +47 92 65 90 16

Email jmportefaix@france.no
science@france.no

 

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June 26-29 Alaska Study of Food and Society & Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society

This is the joint annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society.

The University of Alaska Anchorage, in collaboration with Alaska Pacific University, is pleased to host the 2019 Joint Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS).

Alaska is a changing landscape of modern diversity, evident in indigenous cultures that have called this circumpolar region home for thousands of years, frequent urban turnover, and rapidly growing immigrant populations that contributed to the most diverse census tract in the nation (Farrell 2015). Alaska Native cultures’ presence and contribution in the state is a highly valued and particularly important component of the food system. The special relationship between the land and people is evident across rural, urban, and peri-urban settings. As in many other settings with high levels of diversity, Anchorage tackles its food and climatic constraints and opportunities in a complex web of relationships that spans from land management, health and environmental impacts of food production, to diverse cultural practices within the rationalizing context of globalization.

The conference theme, Finding Home in the “Wilderness,” invites attendees to critically engage with and problematize the idea of wilderness. We acknowledge the concept of wilderness as a contentious one, influenced by Western notions of separation, dominance, and later, preservation. The conference taking place in the Circumpolar North, and specifically in the diverse, multiethnic urban setting of Anchorage, reminds visitors that wilderness is not something to be sought after on a hiking excursion. Rather, it is a factor that may influence our food practices, such as the harvest of wild foods; economic and climatic constraints on production; and issues around access, storage, utilization, and distribution. Additionally, philosophical conceptualizations of nature exist in a specific power hierarchy, where rational and neoliberal systemic approaches push against traditional and ecological ways of knowing that problematize the distinction between “wilderness” and “civilization.” 

We invite attendees to consider our conference’s unique location through metaphors such as frozen foods and wilderness in the context of worldwide food systems issues: the relationship between tradition, innovation and technology, gridlocked food policy discussions, ecological concerns, and reflections on our identities and belonging--especially as complicated by migration. The challenge of getting food on the table is a universal one that requires innovative solutions at the local, national, regional and global levels. Finding nourishment in this wilderness is no easy task, but we search nevertheless.

A Native-serving institution, UAA has over 17,000 students and offers over 100 programs. With its focus on diversity, international and intercultural initiatives, UAA is a central institution in Alaska. UAA is connected to 250 miles of trails with woods, mountain vistas, and ocean views, yet is also located in an urban center, Anchorage, a.k.a. Alaska’s largest village. This conference is hosted in partnership with Alaska Pacific University, an Anchorage-based liberal arts university with a mission to provide a world-class, hands-on, culturally responsive educational experience in collaboration with their students, communities, and Tribal partners. Campuses are located on the traditional homelands of the Dena'ina and Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, and Eyak peoples.


The Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) was founded in 1985, with the goals of promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society. It has continued that mission by holding annual meetings; the first was in 1987 and since 1992, the meetings have been held jointly with AFHVS.

The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS) is a professional organization which provides an international forum to engage in the cross-disciplinary study of food, agriculture, and health, as well as an opportunity for examining the values that underlie various visions of food and agricultural systems. From a base of philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists, AFHVS has grown to include scientists, scholars, and practitioners in areas ranging from agricultural production and social science to nutrition policy and the humanities. AFHVS encourages participation by the growing community of researchers and professionals exploring alternative visions of the food system from numerous perspectives and approaches, including local and regional food systems; alternative food movements; agricultural and food policies, agricultural sustainability, food justice, issues of local and global food security, and food sovereignty.

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June 27-29 Yakutsk Indigenous Languages and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

In the frames of the upcoming International Year of Indigenous Languages declared by the United Nations the Institute of Humanitarian Research and Problems of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Russian Academy of Sciences, International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North of Sakha Republic will hold an International Scientific-Practical Conference “Languages of Indigenous Peoples of the North as an Indicator to Sustainable Development in the Arctic” June 27-29, 2019 in Yakutsk, Russia.

This International Scientific-Practical Conference is aimed to unite the efforts of researchers, civil society, practitioners, indigenous communities, and indigenous language speakers to discuss the issues and possibilities of sustainable development of indigenous peoples living in the North and Arctic. The discussion will include the issues related to learning, development and preservation of indigenous languages and cultures in the frames of the diverse approaches of folklore, literature, anthropologic, ethnographic, historic, politic, social, cultural, legislative and economic practices.

While living in the coldest part of our Planet, Indigenous peoples of the North have developed human environments with unique tangible and intangible cultures based on the exceptional ecological and humanistic relationships between humans and environment.   Circumpolar civilization is a true treasury of cultures very little known to the international society. Research and representation of the structure of the Northern model presented in the languages, historic and cultural conditions of the formation of circumpolar civilization, and contemporary specifics of the existence in the globalized world will contribute to the maintenance of the cultural heritage and the languages of Indigenous peoples, as well as influence the development of the contemporary cultural processes.

Conference themes cover diverse areas of socio-economic development of Indigenous peoples of the North and Arctic:

Written languages of Russia: contemporary state and functionality questions;
Yakut language: contemporary state and new dimensions in the research;
Languages of Indigenous Peoples of the North and Arctic: issues of interaction and language typology;
Traditional epistemologies and indigenous languages;
Indigenous languages in the epoch of globalization: tendencies and perspectives of development, successful and effective practices of indigenous communities in language revitalization and maintenance;
Literature and folklore as sources of safeguarding and enrichment of indigenous languages;
Ethnic history of indigenous peoples of the North and Arctic: past, present and future;
Current issues related to traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples as the bases of their sustainable development;
The role of contemporary technologies and mass media in revitalization and development of Indigenous languages.
The program of the conference includes Symposium, exhibitions and presentations of new publications and projects. As part of the Conference the participants are invited to take part in the traditional Yakut celebration “Ysyakh” (the day of meeting summer).

It is expected to publish an electronic peer reviewed collection of papers as one of the results of the Conference upon the selection of the articles made by the organizing committee. Criteria for the article format will be defined in a second information letter.

This conference invites philologists, historians, anthropologists, ethnographers, cultural scientists, philosophers, sociologists, policy scientists, economists, teachers, language speakers and leaders of the indigenous organizations, and graduate students.

Conference working languages: Russian, English.

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July 17-18 Washington/online 8th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations

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The 8th biennial Ice-Diminishing Arctic Symposium, co-hosted by the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, the Wilson Center's Polar Institute, the U.S. National Ice Center, the Patuxent Partnership, and St. Mary's College of Maryland will be held on July 17 and 18, 2019 at the Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater.

This two-day event will feature experts speaking on Arctic marine operations, ocean and environmental issues, science, policy, law, and governance. Participants will learn about the impacts of an ice-diminishing Arctic Ocean on marine transportation, resource development, scientific research, federal, state, local, and international operations, and policy implications in the rapidly evolving Arctic. The symposium will be webcast and recorded, and a reception will be held at the conclusion of the first day.

Participants are invited to present posters on science, technology, operations, or other related subjects. For more information, please check here or contact LTJG Bryan Brasher.

July 29 - Aug 2 Pennsylvania Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management

As a central part of its educational and research mission, SCRiM hosts an annual summer school to foster opportunities for collaboration and to provide a solid foundation in the broad, multidisciplinary knowledge, tools, and methods of the diverse fields participating in the network.

A key focus of the workshop is developing a common vocabulary to help foster enhanced cross-disciplinary communication, enabling the possibility for future research and decision support collaborations. Participants will also gain hands-on experience with key methods and tools including robust decisionmaking, use of simple models, and analysis of relevant datasets.

This program is targeted at postdocs, advanced graduate students, and early-career professionals in the decisionmaking and policy communities who are working on issues related to climate risk.

The dates of the 7th Annual Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management are July 29 - August 2. In most cases, lodging, meals, registration, and travel costs will be fully covered for participants (see further details at the bottom of this page). International applicants are welcomed.

This year’s Summer School is co-supported by the NOAA Mid-Atlantic RISA (MARISA)

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August 18-22 Québec 18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering + 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference 

The 18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering and the 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference will be held at the Québec City Convention Centre, in Canada, from August 18th to 22nd, 2019. Sustainable infrastructure development and permafrost science, in a climate change context, will be the focus of the discussions of this international conference.

The conference will include a wide variety of topics under the theme: “Sustainable infrastructure development in a changing cold environment”. Earth sciences, Seasonally and perennially frozen soils, Transportation infrastructure, structures, buildings and materials and Water ice engineering will be the main topics for our conference. 

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August 18-23 Winnipeg Sea Ice Symposium

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IGS co-hosts a sea ice symposium every 5 years. The Centre for Earth Observation Science (University of Manitoba) is excited to be hosting the first IGS event to be held in Canada. The symposium will include oral and poster sessions, and will provide a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment to facilitate face-to-face interactions and networking. Additional activities will include an opening reception, a banquet dinner and a mid-symposium afternoon excursion. 

2019 Theme
 
Sea Ice At The Interface: Sea Ice plays a critically important yet highly dynamic role in global climate, polar marine ecosystems, globalization, and Indigenous cultures. Ongoing dramatic changes to the sea icescape and freshwater-marine coupling, particularly involving ice sheets, glaciers, ice shelves, sea ice loss and continental runoff, have major implications for climate within and beyond the polar regions, environmental and ecological integrity, and regional and global socioeconomic development.

This symposium presents a timely opportunity to show recent advances in our knowledge and technological capabilities in sea ice related research. In addition, the symposium will encourage holistic discussions amongst scientists, stakeholders and policy makers regarding the most recent changes, long-term trends and variability in the sea-ice environment in both hemispheres, and how best to engage and communicate with the general public.

August 19-22 Ontario UArctic Rectors' Forum

Trent University will be hosting the 2019 UArctic Rectors' Forum on its Symon's Campus, Peterborough, Ontario Canada. The theme of the Forum will be "Made in the Arctic", and will take place August 19-22, 2019. 

See the Program, Travel, Registration and Accommodation sections for more information.
For years, there have been concerns by researchers, communities, and Arctic leaders about what the next few years would look like if the youth of northern communities continued to be poorly educated and unemployed. There is a great fear that Arctic youth will be left behind the remainder of their generation and will become plagued with poor educational outcomes, identity struggles and diminished self-worth. Recently, the mantle of voicing these concerns has been taken up by the youth themselves.

This new generation of Arctic leaders, along with the older generation, have become increasingly passionate about the education needs of Arctic communities, and the need to graduate more students on an academic level on par with the remainder of the world. However, these groups have expressed concerns about this as well. There is a great fear that a restructuring of the northern community’s education systems could damage the culture, traditions and indigenous languages. In order to empower, without communities fearing the erosion of their identity, a flexible culturally relevant, and adaptive education policy must be put in place.

The theme of Trent University’s 2019 Rectors Forum will be "Made in the Arctic". It will provide a venue for invested researchers, academics, students and institutions to discuss a suitable way to establish an education policy that will empower northern youth, without being detrimental to the indigenous languages and cultures of the communities. The questions that will be addressed are:

  1. A Pan-Arctic Youth Engagement Session hosted in October 20, 2016 posed the question, "Why should there be a conflict between tradition and modernization? We shouldn’t have to compromise between the two. There is an interest to continue to thrive and strengthen our relationships with our language and culture." UArctic has developed a number of educational programs, exchanges, and opportunities to support regional post-secondary education. How can these programs be improved and made more compatible with local community development needs?
  2. In training the next generation of Arctic scientists, and in supporting the ongoing development of scientific practice in the North, the role of Arctic communities and communities of Arctic learners will become increasingly important. What are wise practices and benefits of integrating Indigenous knowledge, local and regional perspectives, science, and national policy development?
  3. How do we, as educators and researchers, build stronger collaboration among Arctic communities and ourselves in order to engage in true and meaningful partnerships leading to resilience, sustainability, and social and economic well-being of all Arctic peoples?
    The UArctic Rectors’ Forum provides an opportunity for the leadership of its member institutions to come together and engage ideas on the theme of Northern Education. However, in order to facilitate a truly robust dialogue of this theme, the Forum must include voices from the next generation of Arctic Leaders.

September 3-4 Bodø Maritime Emergency Responce in the Arctic - policies, capacities and competence

The 8th MARPART Conference will be held September 3-4, 2019, at Nord University Campus, Bodø, Norway.
The 8th MARPART conference will highlight policy development within maritime preparedness and response in the Arctic and discuss capacity and competence issues related to large scale SAR and oil spill recovery operations in the maritime Arctic. The conference is part of the MARPART projects.

The conference will among others focus on:

Arctic agreements and institutions on emergency response  
Mass evacuation and SAR operations at sea in the High North
The management of complex operations in icy waters – MIRG
and oil spill response
Emergency management and competence for key personnel
Training and exercise for the Arctic environment
As part of the Conference, an emergency management exercise Exercise “Icefjord” will be arranged at NORDLAB – the NORD University emergency management laboratory.

The conference is organized by NORDLAB and the High North Center at the Nord University Business School and Marpart-consortium partners.

The conference will also include participants from the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Safety and Security.

Registration deadline is August 15, 2019.

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September 4 Luleå Swedish Polar Research Secretariat inauguration

1 april the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat relocated to Luleå. We celebrate this with an inauguration!

More information can be found in the invitation below (in Swedish). Please register by 30 May to melina.granberg@polar.se

Prel. program
10.30
Director Katarina Gårdfeldt

10.45
Presentations

12.30
Officiell inauguration and buffé

September 4-6 Washington Arctic future 2050

Responding to rapid environmental change in the Arctic requires the combined efforts of Arctic scientists from many disciplines, diverse Indigenous knowledge holders, and policy makers from all levels of government. Arctic Futures 2050—convened by the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)—will be an international conference designed to enhance collaboration between those groups. Policy makers (from local to national and international governments) need timely access to clearly communicated knowledge of the Arctic environment, and researchers need a clear understanding of the information needs of policy makers. Arctic Futures 2050 will explore the opportunities and challenges for deeper dialogue between scientists, Indigenous knowledge holders, and those making and influencing policy. Our goal is to facilitate such dialogue and avenues to sustained collaboration. To that end, this conference asks:

  • What do we know, and what do we need to know about the Arctic, and why does it matter?
  • What challenges confront policy makers in the rapidly changing Arctic?
  • What basic research is needed to inform responses to Arctic change?
  • What applied research is needed to inform responses to change?
  • What tools can facilitate informing policy making with science and Indigenous knowledge?
  • What opportunities exist for partnerships between policy makers and scientists?

Invitees will include Arctic scientists; Indigenous knowledge holders; policy makers; natural resource managers; and military, industrial, and other operators in the Arctic.

In advance of the meeting, we will invite participants to review scenarios for the future state of the Arctic that incorporate environmental, socio-economic, and political factors (www.searcharcticscience.org/arctic-2050/scenarios-workshop) as well as graphical representations of how we believe science informs policy and how it might better inform policy.

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September 11-13 Loughborough UK Arctic Science Conference

The 2019 UK Arctic Science Conference will be hosted by Loughborough University with financial and administrative support from the NERC Arctic Office. This three day conference brings together UK Arctic scientists from all natural and social science disciplines to present and discuss recent findings.

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September 23-26 Fairbanks Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems Interest Group Meeting

Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems Interest Group Meeting, September 23-26, 2019 (Fairbanks, Alaska USA). The Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is accepting submissions from potential speakers through May 1. Focus areas include policy/ regulations, research and education training, commercial aspects of UAS. More information will be available here.

September 23-25 Charlottesville Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic

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The University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, VA, is hosting a conference and workshop entitled "Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic" from Sept. 23-25, 2019, sponsored by the National Science Foundation Navigating the New Arctic program, with additional support from UVA's Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, and Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation. The UVA Environmental Resilience Institute's Arctic CoLab is organizing the event, with assistance from the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS).

A multi-day symposium
The University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, VA is hosting a conference and workshop entitled “Bridging Science, Art, and Community in the New Arctic” from Sept. 23-25, 2019, sponsored by the NSF Navigating the New Arctic program, with additional support from UVA’s Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, and Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation. The UVA Environmental Resilience Institute’s Arctic CoLab is organizing the event, with assistance from the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS).

The first day (Monday, September 23rd) of the event will feature a symposium with invited speakers on arctic environmental sciences, social sciences, art, and architecture followed by an evening arctic-themed musical performance. The following two days of the event will be half-day workshops on four interdisciplinary themes (encompassing ecosystem science, art, built-environment, design, social sciences), with participation from established practitioners, student researchers, and Arctic Youth Ambassadors. The evening of Day 2 (Tuesday, September 24th) will feature an art exhibition at an on-grounds gallery. Additional art will be exhibited throughout the symposium and workshop, at and nearby the meeting venue. A poster session will occur on the third evening (Wednesday, September 25th), with posters available for viewing throughout the event.

Registration is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks will be provided during conference events. Travel, lodging, and meals are at attendees expense.

September 24-28 Yakutsk Northern Sustainable Development Forum 

The Northern Sustainable Development Forum – a permanent international expert platform, will be held September 24-28, 2019 under the auspices of the Northern Forum.
Sustainable development is a major challenge of our age. In 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, the concept of global development named “sustainable development”, derived from the Brundtland Report, was officially acknowledged; it can be classified as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations”. In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and which implementation should involve not only governments but also transnational companies, charity foundations, community, NGOs and academia worldwide. Essentially, sustainable development implies equilibrium between the economic, environmental and social fields of human activity.

Over its history of almost 30 years, the Northern Forum has implemented numerous projects working for the socio-economic development of the regions and organized hundreds of events. The organization’s General Assembly is held biannually, where the general issues of the regions and business partners’ collaboration are addressed in addition to the organizational ones. Lately, the practice of holding the Northern Forum Governors’ Summit to identify the priority areas of cooperation for the short-term has been introduced. 10 working groups have been set up to launch project activities in the areas of cooperation.

The goal of the Northern Sustainable Development Forum is to bring together the most prominent experts of the circumpolar and Asian countries for future project activities. Yakutia can become a bridge joining the Arctic and Asia. The participants of the Forum will represent various fields of expertise: academia, officialdom, community service and business.

If you wish to arrange an event frameworked by the Forum (a session, a panel discussion, a round table, a lecture, your organization’s event), apply at www.nsdf.ru by June 30, 19. Registration details are also available at www.nsdf.ru. The early bird registration deadline in June 1, 2019.

Contacts:

Secretariat: secretariat@nsdf.ru
Registration and Accreditation Service: accreditation@nsdf.ru
Translating and Interpreting Service: translation@nsdf.ru
Web: www.nsdf.ru
https://www.facebook.com/nsdf.ru

October 1- 4 Rome Arctic Awareness Week

The Arctic Awareness Week consists of the international symposium “Arctic Connections: A trust-building Arctic cooperation on Energy, Security and Blue Economy” (October 1) and the youth event "ZeroHackathon: Oceans and Polar Connections" (October 2-4).

The international symposium “Arctic Connections: A trust-building Arctic cooperation on Energy, Security and Blue Economy” (October 1) brings together Arctic Council States and Observers to discuss pressing issues relating to sustainable development through Arctic infrastructure and communication, national interests and energy opportunities. The blue economy will also be part of the Conference, as a “blue thinking” approach that looks at eco-sustainability and renewable resources as an ocean of possibilities for the benefit of social and economic growth.

The aim of the conference is to create synergies between the human population and environmental reactions, with a specific focus on the Arctic region. In addition to scientific cooperation, the Observer States, like Italy, can play a key role in raising awareness beyond the Arctic Circle and drawing attention to the importance Arctic climate change, and how it can affect areas outside of the Arctic. Climate change can be faced only through a sustainable development approach that includes practical aspects such as energy, security and blue economy. The symposium is jointly organized by Italian Society for International Organization SIOI and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Italy, in collaboration with the Nord University High North Center for Business and Governance.

For more information, visit www.sioi.org. 

"ZeroHackathon: Oceans and Polar Connections" (October 2-4) is an event aimed at youth participation. Youth are invited to develop innovative, high-impact ideas and projects to promote international cooperation, raising awareness on the most pressing issues related to oceans and poles, strengthening resilience of multi-scale changes, addressing the rapidly changing climate and the consequences of pollution, improving a safe and secure use of marine protected areas and the Arctic and Antarctic resources.

For more information, visit the official website of #ZeroHackathon at www.romunsioi.org/zerohackathon-2019.

The Arctic Awareness Week (Rome, October 1-4) is organized in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Italy, the United States Embassy to Italy, and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

October 2-7 Nuuk NUNAMED Conference

The Danish Greenlandic Society for Circumpolar Health (Grønlandmedicinsk Selskab), Peqqissaasut Kattuffiat (Grønlands Sygeplejeorganisation), Grønlands Lægekredsforening og Greenland Center for Health Research has the pleasure to invite you to the 10th NUNAMED – a Conference on Medicine and Health in Greenland, October 5 – 7, 2019, in Nuuk.

Since 1991 the NUNAMED conferences have been arranged aproximately every third year in Nuuk with 200-250 participants, mainly from Greenland and Denmark. In 2003 NUNAMED was arranged as part of the ICCH12 congress with participants from all of the Arctic area and and from the Scandinavian countries. Since 2003 the number of participants from countries other than Greenland and Denmark has increased. an increasing number of participants have come from other countries Please see the history page (in Danish) for an overview of the history of the NUNAMED conferences.

The purposes of the NUNAMED conferences are:

  • To present current research results related to health in Greenland.
  • To debate current research questions related to health in Greenland across the health disciplines.
  • To improve collaboration on health research in Greenland between the health disciplines and between health districts.

We hope that the number of participants at NUNA MED 2019 will be as high or higher than at earlier NUNAMED conferences. There is still a need for strengthening of health research in Greenland to improve treatment, prevention and health promotion.

In attachment to NUNAMED 2019 research courses on PhD and Master levels will be held October 2 – 4, 2019. Further information will follow.

For junior researchers living in Denmark a presentation competition will be held April 2019. The best presentation will be awarded with participation in NUNAMED 2019.

Abstract submission deadline is August 15, 2019.

Read more on the following page.

October 3-4 Umeå EU Arctic Forum

High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Karmenu Vella, and the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström will host the event.

The EU Arctic Forum will bring together key Arctic players and stakeholders to assess recent developments in the region and to discuss the new challenges ahead.

The EU Arctic Forum will include several keynote addresses and two high-level panel sessions on the morning of 3 October. Foreign ministers from EU member states as well as the Arctic Council will be invited to participate.

Arctic Stakeholder panel sessions will take place in the afternoon of 3 October. The Annual Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue with interactive panel discussions will be held on 4 October.

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October 3-6 Montreal 21st Inuit Studies Conference

The Inuit Studies Conference (ISC) is a multidisciplinary and international conference that brings together university researchers and students, as well as professionals, directors, teachers, decision-makers, etc. from Inuit organizations, institutions, and governments. It is the largest academic conference in the world about Inuit peoples and territories. The conference also includes cultural and artistic activities of interest to the general public.

The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is pleased to welcome the 21st Inuit Studies Conference to Montreal, from October 3rd to October 6th, 2019. The conference will be held in and around the Complexe des sciences Pierre-Dansereau at UQAM, located near the Place-des-Arts Métro station.

Paper notification have now been sent out. If you were part of a proposed thematic session, round table, panel, workshop, etc., the organizer who submitted the proposal will have information about registration, travel, and accommodations.

October 10-13 Reykjavik 2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 60 countries. It is attended by heads of states and governments, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others from the growing international community of partners and participants interested in the future of the Arctic. Registration now open.

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October 13-18 Selfoss Iceland Large-scale Volcanism in the Arctic: The Role of the Mantle and Tectonics.

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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference will focus on the diversity of Arctic magmatism and tectonics from the Paleozoic to present-day. The conveners are Owen Anfinson, Bernard Coakley, Carmen Gaina, and Grace Shephard. The website (link above) is open for abstract submission (deadline is 19 June) and open for meeting registration (until September 4).

About the Meeting
The AGU Chapman Conference on “Large-scale Volcanism in the Arctic: The Role of the Mantle and Tectonics” will focus on the diversity of Arctic magmatism and tectonics from the Paleozoic to present-day. The program will focus on five themes including:

  • Theme I: pre-breakup and rifting;
  • Theme II: seafloor spreading;
  • Theme III: mantle-derived heterogeneity (including plumes and large-igneous provinces);
  • Theme IV: subduction related volcanism, and
  • Theme V: HALIP and environmental effects.

A 2-2.5 day post-conference field trip to selected sites around southern Iceland will also be linked to the program. The conference will aim to address major hypotheses about magmatism (and in particular volcanism) in the Arctic including: Can persistent Arctic mantle heterogeneity explain the complexity of the Arctic’s tectonic and volcanic evolution? How can volcanic events be used to test alternative tectonic models for the region? Can a single, unifying definition of the High Arctic Large Igneous Province (HALIP) be adequately constrained? The conference offers a unique opportunity to link the surface and deeper evolution of the region. Particular effort will be placed on refining our understanding of the Cretaceous-Paleocene High Arctic Large Igneous Province. The purpose of this meeting will be to gather specialists in Arctic magmatism and tectonics, together with marine geophysicists and seismologists with knowledge of the lithosphere and upper mantle structure and evolution from the Arctic or elsewhere. We invite abstracts that will cover a range of Arctic-specific magmatic and tectonic processes as well as research from other, analogous magmatic regions of the world. Students and early career presentations will feature prominently in the program.

Why now? – with a wealth of new data having been acquired, the Arctic community is now in a position to integrate, evaluate and develop a cross-community tectonic and magmatic model. The AGU Chapman conference is a timely forum that will bring together regional and discipline specific experts and encourage the next generation of Arctic scientists through knowledge transfer and multidisciplinary collaboration.
 
 
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October 17-18 Ohio Women in Antarctica: Celebrating 50 years of Exploration

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

Where: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Join us for a symposium that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first all-women research team in Antarctica.

Led by Dr. Lois Jones, this team of four women from The Ohio State University made polar history when they went to Antarctica in 1969. The symposium will look at women’s past, present, and future in science, research, discovery, and leadership.

Early Byrd Registration - $50.00
May 1 - June 30, 2019
Regular Registration - $65.00
July 1 - October 4, 2019
Banquet Fee - $50.00
May 1 - October 4, 2019

There are 2 registration options:
Option #1: Two Day Symposium (Total $50.00)
Option #2: Two Day Symposium and Banquet (Total $100.00)
until June 30, 2019

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October 23-25 Psyov Problems and Perspectives of Social Responsibility in Natural Resources - Exploration, Exploitation and Management

The UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Resources and Social Responsibility (ASRSR) hosts a seminar to bring together scholars who work on the TN topics from diverse angles.The seminar will be held at the Pskov State University, Russia, October 23-25, 2019.

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October 25-27 Anchorage International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research conference

Following the Arctic IoNS workshop, ADAC will host the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research (ICE-PPR) conference October 25-27, also in Anchorage. This invitation-only conference, taking place for the first time in Alaska, will address the needs of the U.S. Navy and other maritime operators in both polar regions and seek solutions via current/emerging technologies and new research. According to ONR, ICE-PPR conferences are part of ONR’s answer to the challenge of the U.S. Navy Arctic Roadmap 2014-2030, which directs the service to “expand cooperative partnerships with Arctic nations and Arctic states, and international, interagency, and private sector stakeholders that enhance Arctic security.” Participation in the conference is expected by partners from the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.

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30 October Tórshavn, Faroe Islands NPA Annual Event 2019 - Tourism in remote areas: harnessing tourism potentials for local development

Join us for the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme Annual Conference in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
The 2019 Annual event will be held in the Faroe Islands, in the town of Tórshavn, on 30th October 2019.

The theme is “Tourism in remote areas: harnessing tourism potentials for local development”. Tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. It is a dynamic and resilient industry which has a multiplier effect in the regional socio-economic development. One job in the core tourism industry of accommodation creates about 1,5 additional jobs in the tourism-related economy, particularly for women and young people. It enhances the role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the tourism value chain and helps preserve and - with an eye on sustainability - it enhances cultural and natural heritage. 

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November 6 Hanover Understanding and Responding to Global Health Security Risks from Microbial Threats in the Arctic

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Understanding and Responding to Global Health Security Risks from Microbial Threats in the Arctic, November 6-7, 2019 (Hanover, Germany). The workshop will be planned as a collaboration between the U.S. National Academies Polar Research Board, Board on Life Sciences, and the Board on Global Health as well as the InterAcademy Partnership and the European Academies Science Advisory Council. 

A rapidly warming climate is leading to widespread thawing of permafrost and ice across Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. Among the many concerns this raises are growing questions about bacteria and viruses that could possibly emerge from these thawing environments, raising infectious microbial risks for animal and human populations. This interest grew in 2016, when Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula saw an outbreak of anthrax that infected dozens of people and killed more than 2300 reindeer, which some speculated may have resulted from anthrax spores released from a thawing reindeer carcass.  Also in recent years there have been numerous instances where researchers have recovered from permafrost soil samples various fragments of DNA/RNA from diseases such as smallpox, bubonic plague, and the 1918 influenza virus.  This raises concerns, given that many currently or previously populated high-latitude regions contain buried remains of humans and animals that died from such diseases.  Studies have shown that bacteria and viruses frozen in the environment can remain viable for thousands and even millions of years; and this raises questions about whether permafrost may harbor microbes that are human pathogens, and for which modern immune systems have no protection. Given the very limited studies to date, it is difficult to characterize the magnitude and nature of these potential risks; yet understanding and preparing for “low-probability, high-consequence” events is one of the hallmarks of a robust public health protection strategy.

Workshop Plans.  This workshop will bring together an international, interdisciplinary group of experts to explore what is known, and what critical knowledge gaps remain, regarding existing and possible future risks of harmful infectious agents emerging from thawing Arctic environments. Discussions will encompass topics such as:

  • known risks such as anthrax, and other unknown human and animal microbial health risks that could conceivably be harbored in ice and permafrost;
  • key research needs and critical tools for improving observations and surveillance, to advance our understanding of these risks, and to develop effective early warning systems;
  • relevant lessons learned from efforts to address emerging/re-emerging microbial threats elsewhere in the world;
  • opportunities to facilitate interagency and international cooperation on such efforts, and to build upon existing programs and platforms for cooperation.

The workshop may also consider broader “One Health“ perspectives on the changing Arctic environment and infectious disease dynamics; and questions about whether research on particular pathogens raises new biosafety/biosecurity concerns.  We hope to convene active researchers from numerous disciplines, public health officials, and representatives from key Arctic-region indigenous communities (such as reindeer herders).

November 12 Umeå Polarforum

Polarforum is a meeting place for all those engaged in research concerning, or in, the polar regions, the Swedish mountain region and other Northern regions. The aim is to create transdisciplinary interfaces between researchers, the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat and other actors through work groups and networking. Government officials and others are welcome as observers.

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November 12-13 Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference

The next Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference will take place 12 ̶ 13 Nov 2019
Theme of the Conference is 'Climate Change and the Future Generations'
Registration will open in the beginning of June 2019. Homepage

The Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference, fourth in a series, focuses on climate change in the Arctic, especially from the point of view of young people. The conference, which will take place on 12-13 November 2019, wants the voices of the future generations to be heard.

– We no longer need to prove that Arctic climate change is a fact. Instead, we need to talk about what it really means for the future. For this reason, young people have an important role in the conference, says Markku Heikkilä, Head of Science Communications of the Arctic Centre, who coordinates the event preparations.

The first conference day will feature expert speeches and panel discussions, and the second day will focus more on scientific presentations. The side events of the conference may also raise other themes.

The main organizers of the conference are the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland and the City of Rovaniemi. During the event, Arctic Centre will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit has been organized in Rovaniemi every two years since 2013 and is the only regular international Arctic conference in Finland. The 2019 conference will bring continuity to Finland's Arctic activities after the end of Finland’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

Conference registration will open in May 2019.

For more information:

www.rovaniemiarcticspirit.fi
Twitter @TheArcticSpirit
Facebook @rovaniemiarcticspirit
#ArcticSpirit

Subscribe to the conference newsletter: https://www.rovaniemiarcticspirit.fi/EN/Contact-us/mail-list

Markku Heikkilä, Head of Science Communications
Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland
+358 40 484 4300, markku.heikkila(at)ulapland.fi

November 18-22 Helsinki Polar Data Forum III

Following conversations at the Polar Data Planning Summit in Boulder, and the Polar Data and Systems and Architecture Workshop in Geneva in 2018, we are pleased to announce that the Third Polar Data Forum will be hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki during the week of November 18th, 2019. The meeting will be co-organized with regional partners including the INTAROS project in conjunction with the EU Arctic Cluster, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, and other European organizations. The Forum will be co-convened by the IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee, Southern Ocean Observing System, Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management, the World Data System and other organizations engaged in polar data management.

Steering and organizing committees are currently being formed and will be confirmed and announced over the coming weeks. If you are interested in participating, please reply directly to us. A website with detailed information is being developed and we will notify you through this list and other channels when the site is published.

As discussed in previous meetings, this iteration of the Polar Data Forum will combine a two to two and a half day conference style meeting in support of information exchange, with the remainder of the week using a "hackathon" approach that will build on the development work done in Boulder, Geneva and other meetings.

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December 2-5 Nuuk Greenland Science Week -Polar Research Day

The Arctic research conference, Polar Research Day, will be held in Nuuk on December 4 2019. Up until now, it has been a conference arranged in Denmark, but from 2019, the conference has found a permanent home in Greenland among the Greenlandic research community and public.

Alongside the one-day conference, several additional science events are planned and organized, so that the conference, a public outreach day, themed workshops, seminars and networking activities make up what we call Greenland Science Week. 

This presents a unique possibility to meet and network with a broad range of researchers, business community, government employees and society in an Arctic context, and we hope to see participants from all disciplines in discussions of Arctic science in relation to Greenland. The program is still under development as are the themes for the various workshops and seminars being planned. This website is the official gateway to the Greenland Science Week and Polar Research Day conference, and will be updated continuously.

Preliminary overall program for Greenland Science Week:

  • Monday December 2 Workshops/Seminars/Networking activities
  • Tuesday December 3 Workshops/Seminars/Networking activities
  • Wednesday December 4 Polar Research Day Conference
  • Thursday December 5 Public Outreach Day and networking activities

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December 2-5 Halifax ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting

ASM2019 - Halifax, NS
Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax, Canada

An Invitation to Arctic and Northern Researchers, Indigenous peoples, Stakeholders, and all levels of Community and Government Decision-makers

Canada’s North is experiencing unprecedented change in its sea and terrestrial ice, permafrost and ecosystems under the triple pressures of climate change, industrialization and modernization. The impacts of these pressures can be seen on food and energy security, shipping, sovereignty, northern community health and well-being, and sustainable development and resource exploitation. All these issues have brought the North to the forefront of national and international agendas.

Building on the success of its previous Annual Scientific Meetings and International Arctic Change Conferences, the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence announces the 15th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held at the Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax, Canada from December 2 - 5, 2019.

Arctic researchers, Inuit/First Nations/Métis and Northern Community representatives, government and non-government organizations, students, and industry stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

As the largest Arctic & Northern research gathering held in Canada, the ArcticNet ASM is the ideal venue for:

  • access to the best possible research from all fields of Arctic and Northern science,
  • participation in discussions around the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and modernization in the North, and,
  • maintaining and developing collaborations among all those with interest in the Arctic and its peoples.
    Please join us in Halifax and help make the 2019 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting a success!

We are accepting session proposals for the ASM2019 until Wednesday May 15, 2019.

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December 12 Umeå Umeå Arctic Forum

Kom och lyssna på fyra paneldebatter med inbjudna gäster från regionen, länsstyrelsen, kommuner, universitet och andra intresseorganisationer aktiva i det arktiska området.

 

List of arctic events 2020

March 2-6 Tokyo International Symposium on Arctic Research

It’s our great pleasure to announce that The Sixth International Symposium on Arctic Research will be held at Hitotsubashi Hall in Tokyo from March 2 to 6, 2020. It will be launched under the Japan Consortium of Arctic Environmental Research (JCAR) with the auspices of several institutions in Japan.

The rapid warming in the Arctic has been revealed. However, the precision of forecasting the future of climate and environmental change is still insufficient for utilization in sustainable development in the Arctic, while interests for resource utilization and economic activities are growing and progressing rapidly. The ISAR is aimed at presenting and discussing the scientific research results together with the Arctic researchers from all over the world, extracting and sharing issues to solve, and exploring the future of the Arctic. In ISAR-6, we are planning to discuss how Arctic research has been progressing in the past ten years, and what we should do in the next ten years for sustainable development.

ISAR-6 will consist of general and special sessions. The general sessions will address the following topics: atmosphere; ocean and sea ice; rivers, lakes, permafrost and snow cover; ice sheets, glaciers, and ice cores; terrestrial ecosystems; marine ecosystems; geospace; laws, politics and economy; language, culture and health; engineering for sustainable development. The special sessions will be solicited on cross-cutting themes, till May 6, 2019.

Proposal for Special Session should be submitted using the form to ISAR-6 secretariat: no later than May 6, 2019.

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March 27 -April 2 Akureyri Arctic Science Summit Week

April 21-23 Reykjavík International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region

Iceland holds the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council from May 2019 to May 2021. Iceland will during its chairmanship put emphasis on discussing and promoting ways and means to reduce the impact of plastics on the Arctic marine ecosystem. This emphasis will be reflected in the work of the Arctic Council, but Iceland intends also to stage an international symposium on the matter in Reykjavík in April 2020. The tentative title of the symposium is: “The threat of plastic to Arctic and Sub-Arctic marine ecosystems.“

The Government of Iceland has already received confirmation from The Nordic Council of Ministers and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to become co-sponsors of the event, which we hope will provide a most relevant update on plastic in the region and its impact on the marine environment. Iceland is interested in extending the collaboration and sponsorship of the symposium and is considering adding 2-3 further sponsors for the event.

The planned symposium will build a foundation of science and produce information and advice for decision makers. The symposium aims for exchange of views and to inform about the threat of plastic to ocean life and possible reactions. The symposium will evaluate present status of plastic pollution in Arctic and Sub-Arctic waters and discuss the extent and nature of the plastic pollution. The origin of plastic litter and how it is transported to or in Arctic and Sub-Arctic waters and how breakdown processes are operating in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic. Furthermore the symposium should focus on how different groups and sizes of plastic are affecting organisms in Arctic and Sub-Arctic. Finally it should discuss possible mitigation methods and how they can be implemented.

The conveners for the symposium have been appointed. They are Hrönn Jörundsdottir, MATIS, Reykjavik and Thomas Maes, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft.

Work has started to select and appoint a high-level scientific committee to assist in drawing up the program and the list of speakers for the conference.

Read more on the following page.

June 15-20 Arkhangelsk ICASS X International Congress of Arctic Social Science

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September 21-24 Reykjavík International Symposium on Ice, Snow and Water in a Warming World

As a result of global atmospheric warming, all components of Earth ́s cryosphere are now changing at a dramatic pace. More than a quar-ter of the planet ́s land surface receives snow precipitation each year and declining snow cov-er in many parts of the world is causing concern for the future of wintertime recreation activities. Water stored as snow and ice makes a critical contribution to the world’s available freshwater supply and is essential to the sustenance of natural ecosystems, agriculture and human societies. Mass loss continues from glaciers and ice fields in all mountainous regions of the world and from Arctic and sub-Arctic ice caps. The two large ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are major contributors to rising sea-level and are now beginning to show signs of irreversible mass loss. The areal extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice cover continues to decline and the resulting albedo changes are now believed to affect winter weather patterns in North America and Eurasia. Increasing attention is being given to hazards due to thinning of lake and river ice coverand permafrost degradation, including slope failure, which calls for increased in situ moni-toring and the development of new remote sensing techniques.This symposium will bring together scientists, stakeholders and policy makers for a discussion on the latest results from studies of the entire cryosphere, which plays an im-portant role in the hydrological cycle and the Earth System and is one of the most useful indicators of climate change. The symposium will allow ample time for panel discussions on scientific results, new technologies, research gaps and future perspectives in the light of the Paris Agreement, which calls for limiting global warming to 1.5–2°C.TOPICSWe seek papers and presentations on timely topics related to all components of the cryo-sphere and its changes due to global warming. Contributions related to adaptation and miti-gation strategies in view of the UN ́s 2030 sustainable development goals and on the coor-dination of studies of snow and ice and associated hydrological changes on Earth through the Global Cryosphere Watch or other bodies are also welcome.

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October 6–8 Reykjavík UArctic Congress

The UArctic Congress 2020 will be held in conjunction with the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík from October 6–8, with shared events on October 8, and the Arctic Circle continuing until October 11.

The UArctic Congress assembles UArctic meetings and a science conference into a single gathering. The UArctic Congress 2020 is organized jointly by UArctic’s Icelandic higher education members: University of Akureyri, Bifröst University, University Centre of the Westfjords, University of Iceland, Reykjavík University, Iceland University of the Arts, Hólar University College, and Agricultural University of Iceland.

The UArctic Congress 2020 is part of Iceland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, and highlights its themes and priorities:

  • Arctic Marine Environment
  • Climate and Green Energy Solutions
  • People in the Arctic

The UArctic Congress 2020 will feature science and meeting sections, including:

  • Sessions led by UArctic’s Thematic Networks and following the themes of the Icelandic chairmanship
  • Acclaimed keynote speakers and scientific experts
  • Key UArctic leadership, governance and program meetings
  • Side meetings and parallel events
  • An exciting cultural and social program

The UArctic Congress brings together institutional leaders, indigenous representatives, academics, scientists and students from around the Circumpolar North and beyond. It is an excellent platform for all UArctic members to engage with each other and promote cooperation in circumpolar science and higher education. Together with partners, policy makers and other actors, the UArctic Congress strives to take the Arctic agenda forward by creating and strengthening collaborations that produce new findings and solutions for the future of the Arctic.

October 8-11 Reykjavík Arctic Circle

List of arctic events 2021

March 19-26 Lisbon Arctic Science Summit Week