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1 Polar 2018 rgbThe deadline for submission of abstracts to the POLAR2018 meeting has been extended until 6pm CET on November 12th 2017.

 This will be the only deadline extension, abstracts can be submitted at

POLAR2018 is a joint meeting of SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and will be hosted by WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos, Switzerland.

The goal of POLAR2018 is to bring together excellent research from both poles, as well as from high altitude areas, focusing on the similar challenges those regions face. The program features 65 different sessions, structured into 12 categories. In addition to the parallel sessions, central elements of the Open Science Conference (OSC) will be keynote presentations, mini-symposia, extended poster sessions, and exhibitions. The annual COMNAP symposium will be held during the OSC, as well as a plenary lecture from the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit as an opening to the biennial summit immediately after the OSC. A range of excursions and trips will allow participants to make the most of coming to the Swiss Alps and enjoy science, nature, culture, and sports. 

Program overview
15 - 18 June 2018 SCAR and IASC/ASSW Business & Satellite Meetings
19 - 23 June 2018 SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, including the COMNAP Plenary Symposium
24 - 26 June 2018 SCAR Delegates Meeting & 2018 Arctic Observing Summit
Invitation to submit an abstract to the Open Science Conference 
The Scientific Committee for POLAR2018 invites the submission of abstracts to be considered for oral or poster presentations. The session program ( provides guidance on the thematic areas covered at POLAR2018. Authors wishing to submit an abstract are required to pay a submission fee of CHF 30 for each abstract. You can submit as many abstracts as you like, but only two with a preference for oral presentation. Early career and other authors who wish to apply for a submission fee waiver grant can follow the link on the abstract submission page. 
POLAR2018 will be held in the Swiss mountain town of Davos, which can easily be reached by train from Zurich Airport. Davos, Europe's highest city, is situated in the Eastern part of the Swiss Alps at 1560 meters above sea level. It offers an advanced congress infrastructure and a wide range of accommodation for all budgets (examples on . The stunning alpine environment will ensure your visit is an enjoyable experience. 

To submit your abstract, please go to 
Important deadlines 
1 September 2017        Abstract submission opens 
1 November 2017         Early-bird registration opens 
12 November 2017       Final deadline abstract submission
31 December 2017       Side meeting requests close 
31 January 2018          Acceptance notification with oral/poster information 
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Davos in June 2018!