Conferences and workshops

November 2017

Bonn 2017 UN Climate Change Conference - COP23

Date: 6th - 17th November 2017
Location: Bonn, Germany

EU-PolarNet is co-organiser of three polar side events at the COP23:

Polar insights for climate action: Arctic science contributions to implementing the Paris Agreement

Organized by the EU Arctic Cluster

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15th November, 11:45 - 13:00
Location: EU Pavilion, Room Brussels, COP23 Bonn Zone (accreditation needed), Bonn, Germany

Warming at almost twice the global average rate, the Arctic is a key region for understanding wider climate change impacts. Mitigation and adaptation strategies in the Arctic are thus an integral part of the EU’s wider efforts to combat climate change and to implement the Paris Agreement. This session will provide up-to-date and policy-relevant information on Arctic change and its global implications, including thawing permafrost, the contribution of melting glaciers and ice sheets on the global sea level, the influence of the Arctic on the global oceans, and changing weather patterns. Participants will also gain insight on the expected impact of the EU’s investment in current research projects.


  • Prof Jonathan Bamber (Moderator), President of the European Geosciences Union (UK);
  • Dr Andrea Tilche, Head of Unit Climate Action and Earth Observation, DG RTD EC (Belgium);
  • Dr Jeremy Wilkinson, British Antarctic Survey (UK);
  • Dr Sebastian H. Mernild, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center;
  • Dr Margareta Johannsson, Lund University (Sweden);
  • Dr Dirk Notz, MPI Hamburg (Germany)



January 2018

Arctic Frontiers

Date: 21st - 26th January 2018
Location: Tromsø, Norway

Arctic Sea Ice Prediction Stakeholders Workshop

Date: 22nd January 2018, 15:00-18:30
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø, Norway

EU-PolarNet is co-organising a workshop, which invites all interested producers and users of Arctic sea ice forecasts to join an exciting and interactive side event designed to showcase the latest generation of forecast products, to share experiences from the user community, to dialogue with a cross section of stakeholders, and to influence the development of new products and services.

For more information visit the Arctic Frontiers website.

June 2018

Polar 2018

Date: 15th - 26th June 2018
Location:  Davos, Switzerland

Side Event: EU-PolarNet - European Key Research Priorities for Both Poles

Date: 19th June 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Location: Room Sanada II, Davos, Switzerland

EU-PolarNet, a Horizon2020 funded Coordination and Support Action, is tasked with the objective to – for the first time ever – develop an Integrated European Polar Research Programme that is co-designed with relevant polar stakeholders and international partners. This session will present one important step towards this overall project goal: A set of polar white papers, which are the result of a five-day EU-PolarNet workshop that took place end of September 2017. The workshop brought together 50 internationally renowned polar experts, ranging from senior and early career researchers, representatives from indigenous peoples, industry, policy and NGOs. Jointly this transdisciplinary group identified areas of high societal relevance, where future research can contribute to economic, social and environmental benefits for a wide range of stakeholders. The output is a set of white papers, which are providing a state of the art for a range of polar issues, prioritize specific challenges and outline possible approaches in addressing these. Policy makers and funding agencies, including the European Commission, belong to the main receivers of these white papers.

For more information about the conference visit the Polar2018 website.

September 2018

UArctic Congress 2018

Date: 3rd - 7th September 2018
Location: Oulu and Helsinki, Finland

Held in Finland, the UArctic Congress 2018 will bring together key UArctic meetings and a science conference into one single gathering, including business meetings of the Council of UArctic, Rectors’ Forum, Student Forum, and Thematic Networks & UArctic Institutes Leadership Team.

The Congress is an integral part of the Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, and open to the public. The event will highlight the themes and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

To find out more have a look at the UArctic Congress 2018 save the date flyer.