Conferences and workshops

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

Increasing uncertainty about future sea ice conditions presents a distinct challenge to industry, policymakers, and planners responsible for economic, safety, and risk mitigation decisions. The ability to accurately forecast the extent and duration of Arctic sea ice on different timescales provides significant implications for the operation of wide ranging Arctic maritime activities.

Current Status

The Arctic sea ice prediction community has advanced rapidly in the past decade with many new sea ice forecast products and services that are targeted for different user groups. However, it is still unclear how well end users are able to utilize these products and services into their planning. There is a need for better engagement with a broad range of Arctic stakeholders and a need to tailor new products and services to end user-specific requirements.

Workshop Goals

This workshop will bring together sea ice stakeholders and forecasters to: 

  1. Assess the value of forecasts by the user community. 
  2. Determine if and how ice forecasts are currently being used in decision making. 
  3. Communicate the relevant metrics needed by various stakeholders.
  4. Identify where improvements in sea ice forecasts would help stakeholders make decisions.
  5. Communicate the limits and opportunities of current forecasting systems.


  • Sea ice forecasting researchers
  • Industry representatives (shipping, resource extraction, fishing, etc.)
  • Ship operators
  • Polar tourism representatives
  • National / regional policy makers
  • Local planners


A stakeholder-targeted guidance document or roadmap, where sea ice forecasters can draw on the expertise of users (e.g. policy makers, planners, community leaders) to better understand how different stakeholder groups factor sea ice forecast information into their decision-making processes. The outcomes will result in an article intended for publication in a journal such as Eos  (Earth & Space Science News).

Please register for the event on the CliC - Climate and Cryosphere 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.