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Events in 2014

February 2014

4th DUE Permafrost User Workshop

11 - 13 February 2014, ESA ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

User workshops are an important tool for the interaction between the scientific user's community and the remote sensing experts. This ESA-CliC-GTNP-/IPA-DUE Permafrost workshop

Abstract deadline is 6 December 2013. Deadline for registration is 15 January 2014.

For more information, please visit the workshop website.

March 2014

International Symposium on Sea Ice in a Changing Climate

10 – 14 March 2014, Hobart, Australia

Although sea ice – which covers a vast though seasonally-variable area of the global ocean – is one of the fastest-moving responders to climate change (and variability) on Earth, understanding the response is far from simple. For one thing, overall sea ice response in the Arctic appears to be quite different from that in the Southern Ocean – although there are regional similarities. Sea ice is not only a sensitive indicator of climate change (and variability); it also plays a key though poorly-understood role in modulating such change through, for example, complex feedback mechanisms. This symposium represents a timely opportunity to showcase recent advances in our knowledge of the global sea-ice environment, and to encourage holistic discussion of recent change and long-term trends and their effects (physical, ecological and biogeochemical).

Abstract submission is open, and the deadline has been extended to Friday 20 September 2013.

For more information, including the First and Second Circulars, please visit the Symposium website.

13th International Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Ice (PCI 2014)

17 - 20 March 2014, Dartmouth College, NH, USA

This conference will cover various topics related to physical and chemical properties of ice in condensed matter physics, surface science, chemistry, geophysics, space science, biology, and materials science. Sessions will be organized so as to promote interdisciplinary discussion of the physics and chemistry of ice.

For more information, please visit the Conference website.

April 2014

Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2014

7 - 12 April 2014, Helsinki, Finland

ASSW 2014 will include the 2nd Arctic Observing Summit (AOS). For more information, please visit the ASSW website.

Second Circular

10th Annual Polar Technology Conference

15 - 17 April 2014, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

The primary purpose of this conference is to bring together Polar Scientists and Technology Developers in a forum to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions that have been successful in polar environments. This exchange of knowledge helps to address issues of design, implementation, and deployment for systems that are to achieve their research goals in the Polar Regions.

Past participants have come from the private sector, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Presentations generally cover system requirements for proposed research along with descriptions of systems and approaches that have been proven in polar deployments. Typical hardware and software topics have included weather stations, robotics, power systems, telemetry, and remote communications. The scale of systems ranges from the autonomous data collection towers to large scale research stations. Polar venues represented include under, on, and above the ice, tundra, or sea.

We are pleased to have support from the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs as an endorsement of the concept of bringing together providers and consumers of these technologies in hopes of benefiting from that synergy.

For more information and to submit an abstract or to register, please visit the Conference website.

1st Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan Retreat

20 - 23 April 2014, Queenstown, New Zealand

This is a closed meeting with attendance by invitation only.

The basis for discussions at the Retreat are the questions submitted by the community during the earlier consultation process (the full database of questions, organised by theme, can be viewed and downloaded from the Retreat Questions section).

Scan Retreat attendees are representatives of their communities and are tasked with providing a broad perspective on their areas of expertise at the Retreat. Everyone is encouraged to contact attendees and make their opinions known, enabling the broadest possible participation in the Horizon Scan process.

For more information, please visit the Horizon Scan section.

May 2014


12 - 21 May 2014, Brasilia, Brazil

For more information, please visit the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat website.

Joint model-data workshop for the Late Pleistocene evolution of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets

22 - 24 May 2014, Grenoble, France

An IACS sponsored international workshop. For more information, please visit the IACS website.

International Symposium on Contribution of Glaciers and Ice Sheets to Sea Level Change

26 - 30 May 2014, Chamonix, France

An International Glaciological Society (IGS) Symposium. Glaciers, ice-caps and ice-sheets experiencing a warming climate are expected to present an increasing contribution to sea level rise. Linkages with the other components of the climate system, especially the atmosphere and ocean, are fundamental aspects of the complexity of ice mass response to changing climate. Observations at the interfaces between atmosphere/cryosphere and ocean/cryosphere have considerably increased our understanding of the complex coupling prevailing between the systems, though strong uncertainties remain. At the same time, ice flow models have greatly improved over the last few years, but essential processes such as basal hydrology or calving remain strongly parameterized. Strong initiatives to couple ice flow models to ocean and/or atmosphere models have emerged, but the process of integrating remains challenging. This symposium seeks to address these problems by bringing together experts in cryosphere, climate and oceanography, from both the observation and modelling sides.

Abstract submission is open until 31 January 2014. Registration opens soon.

For more information, please visit the Symposium website.

20th International Symposium on Polar Sciences

27 - 28 May 2014, Korea Polar Research Institute, Incheon, Korea

The Symposium will celebrate its 20th anniversary, at the same time as KOPRI celebrates its 10th anniversary as an independent institute. The theme of the Symposium is appropriately entitled " Our Collective Journey to Connect the Past and Future from the Antarctic". The overview and preliminary programme will be available from 20 January 2014 on the Symposium website.

Abstract submission opens on 20 January until 7 March 2014.

First Circular

Second Circular

June 2014

4th European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP4)

18 - 21 June 2014, √Čvora, Portugal

EUCOP4 is the Regional Conference of the International Permafrost Association in 2014 and will host the Council Meetings of the association. High scientific profile oral and poster sessions are expected.

Pre-Register now to receive EUCOP4 updates and help us in the planning.

For more information, please visit the Conference website.

28th International Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP)

22 - 25 June 2014, Cologne, Germany

For more information, please contact Adrian Jenkins ( or visit the FRISP website.

Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) Open Science Conference

23 - 27 June 2014, Bergen, Norway

The Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) project is an interdisciplinary global environmental change research initiative that is focused on understanding the sensitivity of marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems to global change and predicting ocean responses to global change and the effects on the Earth System and human society.

The IMBER Open Science Conference will provide a synthesis of a range of topics related to marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem research and the human dimension of global marine change. The title of the conference is "Future Oceans – Research for marine sustainability: multiple stressors, drivers, challenges and solutions" and its goals will be:

Sessions of direct relevance to the Antarctic science community include:

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Wednesday 5 February 2014. Contributions are welcome from all marine and oceanographic communities!

For more information, please visit the Conference website.

August 2014

22nd IAHR International Symposium on Ice

11 – 15 August 2014, Singapore

Sponsored by the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), the aim of this Symposium is the development of international collaboration, exchange of experience between scientists of different countries in research of ice processes, and determination of the most significant tasks for investigations.

The deadline for papers on all aspects of science or engineering on river, lake or sea ice is 1 December 2013.

For more information, please visit the Symposium website.

Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial Observing System (ANTOS) Workshop

22 August 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

The Antarctic Near-Shore and Terrestrial Observing System (ANTOS) will survey the impact of change on Antarctic life. The aim of the workshop is to develop an implementation framework for ANTOS and will be held immediately prior to the start of the XXXIII SCAR meetings.

To register, please email Dana Bergstrom ( by 2 June 2014.

For more information, please see the ANTOS Workshop leaflet.

XXXIII SCAR Meetings and Open Science Conference

22 August - 3 September 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

A draft list of sessions for the 2014 SCAR Open Science Conference is available. The Second Circular is now available.

Abstract submission extended to 28 February 2014.
Registration is open - Earlybird reduced fee ends on 5 May 2014.

Please print the Conference Poster and display it in your institute.

For more information, please visit the Conference website or email

First Circular

Second Circular


27 - 29 August 2014, Christchurch, New Zealand

For more details, please visit the COMNAP website.

September 2014

SCAR Delegates' Meeting

1 - 3 September 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

This is a closed meeting with attendance by invitation only.

10th International Congress on Extremophiles

7 - 11 September 2014, St Petersburg, Russia

Extremophiles are microorganisms inhabiting extreme environments, such as hot springs with the water temperature close to and above boiling point, hypersaline lagoons, soda lakes, permafrost soils and the deep subsurface biosphere. The interest in these microorganisms is explained by their outstanding diversity, unique adaptation mechanisms, and their possible application in different fields of industry and medicine.

For more information, please visit the Congress website.

5th International Bio-logging Symposium (BLS5)

22 - 26 September 2014, Strasbourg, France

BLS5 aims to attract a wide range of researchers who use animal-attached electronic devices to study aquatic, terrestrial and aerial species, and their habitats. The term 'bio-logging' is interpreted broadly, encompassing not only logger-based technologies but also cutting-edge telemetry applications, as well as innovative systems using passive tags. Bio-logging has brought many advances to the understanding of marine ecosystems and the biology of top predators and is used widely in the Antarctic.

Registration is open. For more information, please visit the Symposium website.

Events in 2015

Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2015

23 - 30 April 2015, Toyama, Japan

IASC's 25th anniversary will be celebrated during ASSW2015, which will also include the 3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) and the 4th International Symposium on the Arctic Research (ISAR-4). For more information, please visit the ASSW website.

First Circular

26th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly

22 June - 2 July 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

For more information, please visit the IUGG GA website.

ISAES XII - 12th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences

13 - 17 July 2015, Goa, India

The International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES) is a SCAR-initiative aimed at showcasing Antarctic geoscience research, taking stock of the accomplishments of the International community and providing guidance for future studies.

To be on the mailing list, please send an email with your name, institute affiliation and country to <>.

For more information, see the Symposium Flyer.

International Symposium on Contemporary Ice-Sheet Dynamics: ocean interaction, meltwater and non-linear effects

24 – 29 August 2015, Cambridge, UK

Events in 2016, and beyond


11th International Conference on Permafrost - ICOP 2016

20 - 26 June 2016, Potsdam Germany

XXXIV SCAR and Open Science Conference

To be held in Malaysia.