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Events

Future Events

» Arctic Congress Bodø 2024

29 May - 3 June 2024

Nord University will host the Arctic Congress 2024 Bodø, bringing UArctic, IASSA and High North Dialogue together as partners, May 29-June 3, 2024 in Bodø, Norway.

Call for Session Proposals is now open until June 15, 2023

UArctic partners with the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS 2024) and the High North Dialogue 2024 as part of this joint event, with a common Congress program, as well as each organization’s individual Assembly and business meetings.

This will be a showcase of Arctic cooperation, and will reduce travel expenses and time for many participants who would participate both UArctic Congress and ICASS or High North Dialogue. In 2024 Bodø City is European Cultural Capital, which will provide an excellent frame for the UArctic/ICASS/HND events.

More information is available on the website.

» 2024 European Polar Science Week conference

3 - 6 September 2024

Save the date! 2024 European Polar Science Week conference will take place from 3 to 6 September 2024 in Copenhagen.

More information will be soon available on the website.

Past Events

» Arctic Science Summit Week 2024

21 – 29 March 2024

The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2024, including the Arctic Observing Summit, will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland. ASSW 2024 will take place from 21 – 29 March 2024

The United Kingdom has been an IASC member country since 1991, and this will be the second time that the UK will host the ASSW, with the first one being in 2000, in Cambridge.  

The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) was initiated by IASC in 1999 to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between various scientific organizations involved in Arctic research and to economize on travel and time. Over the years, the summit evolved into the most important annual gathering of the Arctic research organizations. The summit is organized by an International Coordination Group and any organization engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research may participate.

More information is available on the website.

» EU-PolarNet Session at ASSW2024

24 March 2024

European Research Community Priorities for Polar Research: EU-PolarNet’s  contribution to the ICARP IV process

EU-PolarNet 2 is a consortium of 25 partners representing EU member states and associated partners, with the aim of establishing and sustaining an inclusive platform for the co-development and advancement of European Polar research actions and to give evidence-based advice to policymaking processes. To achieve this goal, EU-PolarNet 2 has six specific objectives with measurable outcomes assigned to the respective work packages that will address them.

One of these objectives was to identify priorities and key societally relevant Polar research themes. This task builds on the Integrated European Polar Research Programme (EPRP), the output of the previous project and national research strategies. For this purpose, a Polar Expert Group (PEG) was established, which together with representatives of other stakeholders took part in a retreat (Venice, San Servolo, June 2023). The retreat specified and customised the research themes and formulated future research actions.

The research prioritisation action was implemented through a three-step process:

(1) Relevant background documents, service projects, stakeholder meetings, surveys from within the EU Polar Cluster and a consultation from a specially constituted Polar Expert Group (PEG), contributed to creating a starting information base;

(2) A deep and extensive analysis based on an objective text data mining methodology reduced the very large list of topics into research needs and associated key questions;

(3) During the thematic retreat, a group of experts, using the results from step 2, consolidated and ranked the relevant topics. A short and exhaustive description of each selected topic was made based on a defined template. 

The aim of this session is:

  1. to present details of the three-step process methodology that was developed and implemented for the prioritisation process.
  2. present the outcomes achieved during the prioritisation exercise.
  3. Stimulate a fruitful bottom-up discussion with the wider international science community to collect further comments.

The session will also be useful in creating the first connections between the metrics of EU-PolarNet 2 (research needs and key questions) with those of ICARP IV (7 topic areas of interest). Thus, securing the results of the EU-PolarNet 2 prioritisation exercise as an important contribution to the ICARP IV process.

Agenda

10:30 -10:40

Introduction to the session (Carlo Barbante, EU-PolarNet2 WP3 Leader)

10:40 – 10:50

EU-PolarNet2 general introduction (Nicole Biebow, EU-PolarNet2 Project Coordinator)

10:50 – 11:10

Research Prioritization methodology & expert retreat (Chiara Venier, EU-PolarNet2 WP3 team member)

11:10 – 11:30

Retreat outcome: list of Priority Topics (Warren Cairns, EU-PolarNet2 WP3 team member)

11:30 – 11:45

Connecting two metrics: EU-PolarNet2 and ICARP IV priorities (Gerlis Fugmann, IASC Executive Secretary)

11:45 – 12:30

Guided discussion (questions will be collected from the audience – present and remote – to drive the discussion phase) (Session Chair, Carlo Barbante)

More information is available on the website.

 

» AGU Fall Meeting 2023

11-15 December 2023

Each year, AGU’s Fall Meeting convenes >25,000 attendees from 100+ countries to share research and connect with friends and colleagues. Scientists, educators, policymakers, journalists and communicators attend AGU23 to better understand our planet and environment, opening pathways to discovery, opening greater awareness to address climate change, opening greater collaborations to lead to solutions and opening the fields and professions of science to a whole new age of justice equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. We hope you’ll join us in this incredible gathering of collaboration and action.

More information is available on the website.

» Copernicus Data at the Service of the EU Arctic Policy

06 December 2023

The event “Copernicus Data at the Service of the EU Arctic Policy” organised by Mercator Ocean will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 7 December. It will represent a unique opportunity to learn about the current and future potential of Earth Observation technology in supporting the key priorities of the EU Arctic Policy.  

More information is available on the website.

» Climate Coffee - Slowdown of Antarctic Bottom Water export driven by climatic wind and sea-ice changes

06 December 2023

Climate Coffee is a series of short (circa 40 min: 20 min talk + 20 min Q&A), relaxed meetings for scientists to share ideas, discuss methods and communicate new results. They are open to speakers of all levels of seniority, we especially encourage early-career scientists to become a speaker. The Coffees are an exciting opportunity for scientists to build a network and disseminate recent results, peer-to-peer. We invite researchers from across the climate science community to join us for this series of regular online knowledge exchange events.

More information is available on the website.

» The Arctic Crossroads: Climate, Culture & Diplomacy in the High North

29 November 2023

Norway is currently chair of the Arctic Council. On 30 November, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Hague will organise an Arctic Panel in collaboration with the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy programme at Leiden University.

More information is available on the website.

» 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

29 November - 11 December 2023

The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC will convene from 30 November to 12 December 2023. It will take place in the United Arab Emirates.

More information is available on the website.

» Arctic Forum 2023: Our Place, Our Future

28 November 2023

This year, the theme for Arctic Forum is “Our Place, Our Future”, and it will be based on the exhibition “Down North” at Bildmuseet. The exhibition will work as a space for a walk-and-talk dialogue, where participants will be guided through the exhibition, while discussing topics arisen from the surrounding art.

More information is available on the website.

» Arctic Futures Symposium 2023

27 November 2023

The Arctic Futures Symposium is an annual conference that brings together Arctic stakeholders in Europe’s capital to discuss issues of importance to them.

More information is available on the website.

» EC-ESA Joint Earth System Science Initiative

22 - 24 November 2023

The EC-ESA Joint Earth System Science Initiative is a workshop organised by ESA and the DG-RTD of EC which invites scientists, research institutions, policy makers, innovators, industry, ESA activities and Horizon Europe projects to participate and contribute to advance science for a green and sustainable society.

More information is available on the website.

» EU Polar Cluster booth at Arctic Circle Assembly 2023

18 October 2023

The EU Polar Cluster will have a stand at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2023 for 3 full days. Come and learn more about the Cluster’s goals, ambitions and activities, the individual Cluster members, and the EU’s activities in the Arctic.

More information is available on the website.

» EU-PolarNet 2 General Assembly & Retreat

2 - 4 October 2022

The EU-PolarNet 2 General Assembly & Retreat will take place in Rokua, Finland between 2nd and 4th of October 2023.

» EuroGEO workshop

6 - 8 September 2023

The EuroGEO workshop will connect European and global actors in the field of open-source Earth Observation applications in policy, business, research, and for society. Through scientific presentations, discussion, and demonstrative workshops, it will aim to establish tangible collaborations to improve geospatial research and application products in open-source.

The 2023 edition will take place in Bolzano,  Italy from 6 to 8 September 2023.

The EuroGEO workshop is organised by the European Commission, Eurac Research and the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

More information will be soon available on the website.

» Policy Briefing: Recent changes in the Antarctic and their impacts on Europe

3 May 2023

This event is organised by the Horizon2020-funded EU Polar Cluster projects SO-CHIC, EU-PolarNet 2 with TiPACCS, and PROTECT. The event takes place in the context of increasing pressure on the processes regulating ocean circulation, increased melting of Antarctic sea ice and ice shelves, and increasing scientific awareness of the importance of the region to Europe. Our goal is to present relevant insights to European policy makers on the importance of the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic to Europe, for example, via potential input to sea level rise. We aim to highlight the accompanying implications for European policy and Antarctic research.

Link to register interest: https://form.jotform.com/230954592044054

» Webinar: Permafrost Research: current activity and future needs

21 March 2023

The permafrost webinar will provide an overview of EU Arctic permafrost research activities, current fields of study and future research needs in a policy relevant context. Our three presenters will include perspectives from multiple disciplines. Paul Overduin (Alfred Wegener Institute) will focus on the physical research activities from FP7 to Horizon 2020 and talk about the hot research topics in the near future. Susanna Gartler (University of Vienna) will talk about the relevance of permafrost to those living in the north, community engagement and the relevance-link between environmental change and people. Gustaf Hugelius (Stockholm University) will outline permafrost relevance in the climate change context.

Speakers:
1. Paul Overduin
2. Susanna Gartler
3. Gustaf Hugelius

» Link to webinar recording

» Arctic Science Summit Week

17 - 24 February 2023

The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is organized annually by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organizations involved in Arctic research. In 2023 the event will be held in Vienna, Austria from 17 – 24 February 2023.

» EU Arctic Forum and Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue

8 - 9 February 2023

The EU Arctic Forum and Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue will bring together key Arctic players and stakeholders to assess recent developments in the Arctic and discuss challenges and opportunities ahead, in particular those affecting local and indigenous communities. The aim of the event is to illustrate the EU’s engagement in and for the Arctic, and assess progress made since the adoption in October 2021 of the updated EU Joint Communication on the Arctic.

For more information including the programme of the conference, please visit the website: www.euarcticforum23.eu

If you have any questions regarding the registration, please contact us at contact@euarcticforum23.eu  

» POSTPONED! Webinar: Governing and protecting the Antarctic and Southern Ocean

15 December 2022

This EU-PolarNet 2 webinar, hosted by the European Polar Board, gives an overview of Antarctic Governance and various actors involved – the Antarctic Treaty and its related agreements including the Madrid Protocol; other international agencies and organisations that provide advice and support the work of the ATS; other conventions that are relevant for the Southern Ocean.

Unfortunately, we have to postpone the webinar at short notice. We will announce the new date as soon as possible.

» AGU Booth

12 - 16 December 2022

The EU Polar Cluster will have a booth at the AGU Fall Meeting 12-16 December at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. More information and registration here: https://www.agu.org/Fall-Meeting

» EuroGEO Workshop 2022 - EU-PolarNet 2 & the EPB co-chairing a session

07 - 09 December 2022

EU-PolarNet 2 and the EPB will join the EuroGEO workshop, co-chairing a session “EU polar observations – challenges ahead in terms of technology and governance”.

The EuroGEO  workshop combines the contributions of European members of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a partnership of more than 100 national governments, over 100 participating organisations and the European Commission. GEO envisions a future where decisions and measures for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations. 

This edition will be held in Athens, Greece from 7 to 9 December 2022.

» EU Polar Cluster Booth at Arctic Circle Assembly

15 October 2022

Check out our booth at the Arctic Circle Assembly 13-16 October at the Harpa Conert Hall & Conference Centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. Registration is open until 11 October: https://www.arcticcircle.org/2022-registration

» 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly

13 - 16 October 2022

The 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly will be held in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavík, on 13-15 October. Registration will open in early June. Governments, universities, companies, research institutions, organizations, associations and other partners are invited to submit proposals for Sessions to the Arctic Circle Secretariat.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» EU-PolarNet 2 General Assembly & Retreat

13 - 15 September 2022

The EU-PolarNet 2 General Assembly & Retreat will take place in Sofia between 13rd and 15th of September 2022.

» Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Final Summit

29 August

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01 September 2022

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Final Summit is the flagship activity of the WWRP Polar Prediction Project, with the aim of enabling a significant improvement in environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions and beyond.

In 2022, the event will take place at the Centre Mont-Royal, Montréal, Québec, Canada between August 29th and 1st September to review progress, share key findings and success stories, and discuss and shape the legacy of the Polar Prediction Project.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» 10th SCAR Open Science Conference

01 - 10 August 2022

The SCAR Open Science Conference brings together researchers to engage with one another, exchanging the latest scientific findings in the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean while those outside of the field of research come to find out about what SCAR does in and for the Antarctic.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» SMM2022: 24th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals

01 - 05 August 2022

The Society for Marine Mammalogy holds biennial international meetings with the goal of enhancing collaboration, sharing ideas, and improving the quality of research on marine mammals within the scientific community.

SMM2022 will include both an in-person and virtual conference experience for attendees and will span 5 days, each day including a plenary session with distinguished keynote speakers. Concurrent sessions will be accessible to virtual attendees via pre-recorded content, and access to an online forum for Q&A with presenters and other attendees. Workshops on crucial topics in marine mammal science and conservation will also be held prior to the main conference.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» UN Ocean Conference

27 June

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01 July 2022

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal,  seeks to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» Research Cooperation from Pole to Pole

12 June

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12 June 2022

Following a successful first workshop on Polar Research Cooperation at the All-Atlantic Ministerial and Stakeholder Conference in 2021, Azores, Portugal, this second workshop on Polar Research Cooperation aims to inform about the research priorities for the Southern Ocean and Antarctica and to discuss how we can cooperate better in the future. This workshop is organised by EU-PolarNet 2 and the EPB, and in scope of the Joint Pilot Action AA-MARINET Polar activity.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» EU Polar Cluster meeting

21 - 22 June 2022

The EU Polar CLuster Meeting will take place in Brussels on the 21st and 22nd of June 2022.

» XLIV Antarctic Treaty Consultive Meeting

23 May

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06 June 2022

The Antarctic Treaty Consultive Meeting is the opportunity for the representatives of the participating nations in the Antarctic Treaty meet and discuss topics related to Antarctica and further developments on the coldest continent on our planet.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» 2022 Living Planet Symposium

23 - 27 May 2022

The Living Planet symposium focuses on how Earth observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies and actors are changing the traditional Earth observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions.

In 2022, the event organised by the European Spage Agency will take place at the World Conference Center Bonn, Germany on 23 – 27 May 2022. 

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» Arctic Frontiers 2022

08 - 11 May 2022

The Arctic Frontiers 2022 Pathways Conference reflects on the choices the Arctic is facing when addressing pressing global challenges.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» High North Dialogue 2022

06 - 07 April 2022

High North Dialogue is an annual conference bringing together major stakeholders concerned with Arctic development. The purpose of the event is to encourage and facilitate dialogue between stakeholders to promote sustainable development in the Arctic, as well as information sharing and discussion of best practices.

In 2022, the event will take place at the Stormen Library, Bodø, Norway and Online on 6-7 April 2022.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» Arctic Science Summit Week 2022

26 March

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01 April 2022

The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is organized annually by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organizations involved in Arctic research.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» EU Arctic Forum and Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue

10 November -

11 November 2021

The European Commission and the European External Action Service will organise a high-level EU Arctic Forum and the Annual Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue on 10 and 11 November 2021 in Brussels.

Visit the event page to find out the details.

» COP26 EU Pavilion - “Polar warming, global warning”

3 November 2021

The “Polar Warming, Global Warning” session, under the topic “Biodiversity, nature-based solutions, oceans” will occur as a side event of the COP26 on the 3rd November 2021.

Organised by Cluster Members EU-PolarNet 2, SO-CHIC, PROTECT, TiPACCs and the EPB, and representatives from the Alfred Wegener Institute, British Antarctic Survey, the Université libre de Bruxelles, and the University of Grenoble, this session will have as moderator Nicole Biebow, from Alfred Wegener Institute and EU-PolarNet 2 coordinator, and a set of invited speakers.

“Polar Warming, Global Warning” speakers

Consult the COP26 Side Events Programme and visit the registration page to find out the details.

A recording of the side event is available online on the EU Climate Action Youtube Channel and the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JKaoyiISHM

» 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)

31 October -

12 November 2021

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. Visit the event page to find out the details.

» Arctic Circle Assembly

14 - 17 October 2021

The Assembly is held every October at Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. Visit the event page to find out the details.

» Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum IV

20 - 24 September 2021

This event will be dedicated to the 2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop for the UN Ocean Decade and the 4th edition of the Polar Data Forum. Visit the event page to find out the details, and REGISTER HERE.

» International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS X)

15 - 19 June 2021

International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS X) will take place from 15th to 19th June 2021 in Arkhangelsk, Russia. Visit the event page to find out the details.

» Forty-third Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

14 - 24 June 2021

The Forty-third Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting will take place from 14th to 24th June 2021 in Paris, France. Visit the event page to find out the details.

» COMNAP Annual General Meeting (AGM) XXXIII

12 - 14 June 2021

The COMNAP AGM XXXIII (2021) will be held as an online virtual meeting with the business (plenary) portion of that meeting to be held on the same dates 12–14 July 2021. Visit the event website to find out the details.

»All-Atlantic2021 – All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean

03 - 04 June 2021

The All-Atlantic2021 – All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean: Ministerial High-Level & Stakeholders Conference will take place under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in close cooperation with the European Commission, aiming to strengthen Research & Innovation cooperation across and along the Atlantic Ocean, from “pole to pole”. Visit the event website to find out the details.

» COP 15 Biodiversity

17 - 30 May 2021

» UArctic Congress

15 - 18 May 2021

The UArctic Congress, originally planned for October 2020, will now take place May 15-18, 2021, in Reykjavik, Iceland in conjunction with the Arctic Council Ministerial meeting (May 19-20). Visit the UArctic website to find out the details.

» 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial

08 - 09 May 2021

The 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) will be held in Tokyo, Japan, on the 8th and 9th of May 2021 and will be co-hosted by Iceland.Visit the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial website to find out the details.

» Arctic Science Week 2021

19 - 26 March 2021

The Arctic Science Summit Week 2021, will take place as an online event from 19 to 26 March 2021. The Conference is organized by FCT, Ciência Viva, AIR Center, the Portuguese Arctic Community and by IASC and partners. Visit the conference website to find out the registration details and daily agendas.

» SAO Plenary Meeting

16 - 18 March 2021

The SAO Plenary Meeting, will take place as an online event from 16 to 18 March 2021. Visit the link to find out the event details.

» European Polar Science Week

26 - 27 October 2020

EU-PolarNet 2 will organise its virtual kick-off meeting together with the EU Polar Cluster Annual Meeting 2020 on 26-27th October 2020, both within the upcoming 2020 European Polar Science Week. In Eu-PolarNet, we made a gap analysis on the technical and operational requirements of the European Polar Research Programme for satellite applications. Visit the conference website to find out the registration details and daily agendas.