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15.06 - 27.06.2018
Davos, Switzerland
Promenade 114, 7260 Davos, Switzerland

This will be a joint conference with IASC (International Arctic Science Committee), hosted by the Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research in Davos, Switzerland. The Conference will include SCAR, IASC and other business and satellite meetings, an Open Science Conference and the SCAR Delegates' Meeting.

Preliminary Programme

  • 15-18 June: SCAR and IASC/ASSW Business & Satellite Meetings
  • 19-23 June: SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference "Where the Poles meet"
  • 25-27 June: SCAR Delegates' Meeting


Call for Sessions

The organizers of POLAR2018 are now accepting session proposals for the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference “Where the Poles meet“, which will be held on 19 - 23 June 2018.

A template to submit session proposals, including a brief session description, the contact information of the session conveners and other details, is available here. This page uses google forms; if the use of google forms is blocked by your institute, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a word document. We are looking for sessions that cover a broad range of topics across the spectrum of Polar and high altitude research, such as, but not limited to, climate, glaciology, social and human sciences, ice sheets, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, biology, astronomy, geology, economic aspects, sustainable development, technology and education. There will be oral and poster sessions, as well as e-poster sessions with a mini-oral.  The organizing committee strongly encourages session topics that encapsulate research conducted in both the Arctic and Antarctic. 

We also encourage including early-career scientists as conveners and encourage diversity regarding conveners’ nationalities, gender, and where possible, indigenous peoples.  The tasks of the conveners include:

  • Soliciting submissions for their session;
  • reviewing the abstracts submitted for the session;
  • working with the International Scientific Organizing Committee to arrange the program of their session, including oral and poster presentations, and
  • chairing the session.  

Depending on the session proposals received, the International Scientific Organizing Committee might have to merge similar session where necessary and appropriate.

Dates to remember:

Session proposal submission deadline: 30 November 2016
Notification of lead conveners: 31 March 2017
Further deadlines can be found under Programme on the Conference website.
Any questions should be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The co-chairs of the International Scientific Organizing Committee:
Martin Schneebeli
Karin Lochte
Huigen Yang