Conferences and workshops

September 2016

EU-PolarNet Townhall Event

Date: 27th September 2016
Time: 08:30 - 17:45
Location: Brussels, Belgium

EU-PolarNet will host a major Townhall Event in Brussels, themed "Towards the 1.5°C climate goal - Contributions of Polar Research". The objective is to stimulate a dialogue between national policy makers, polar scientists, industries, local communities and civil society to explore how future polar research can contribute to the “1.5°C target” agreed at the Paris COP meeting last year.

Keynote addresses and high-level expert panels will set the scene for thought-provoking discussions focussed on what European society needs from polar research and what Europe’s priorities for polar research should be. 

Keynote speakers:

  • João Aguiar Machado, Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Paolo Ruti, Chief World Weather Research Division, World Meteorological Organisation
  • Thomas Stocker, Co-Chair of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment Report 2008-2015

Morning Panel
: "The 1,5°C climate target - What does the European society need from polar research?"

Chair: Björn Dahlbäck, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

  • Valérie Masson-Delmotte, IPCC WG1
  • Jannie Staffansson, Saami Council
  • Tero Vauraste, Arctia Shipping
  • Tom Armstrong, Madison River Group
  • Peter Gibbs, BBC
  • Peter Sköld, IASSA

Afternoon Panel: "European priorities for polar research"

Chair: Tom Armstrong, Madison River Group

  • Attilio Gambardella, European Commission, DG RTD
  • Marcus Carson, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Christine Valentin, World Ocean Council
  • Maaike Vancauvenberghe, European Polar Board
  • Carlo Barbante, National Research Council Italy, EU-PolarNet
  • Jane Francis, British Antarctic Survey

Please note the event is by invitation only, however, if you are interested in attending the event, please write an email to You can also attend the event virtually by watching our live stream and posting questions and comments on Twitter.

Have a look at the entire agenda.


October 2016

Arctic Circle 2016 - Breakout Session

Date: 7th October 2016
Time: 16:45 – 18:15
Location:  Reykjavik, Iceland

EU-PolarNet and ICE-ARC organise a breakout session on "The Future of Arctic Shipping Under IPCC Climate Scenarios". With the Polar Code coming into effect in 2017, this session will address the environmental, social and economic impacts of increased shipping in Arctic waters in relation to different IPCC scenarios and propose necessary actions for developing sustainable Arctic shipping.


  • Andrea Tilche, Head of the Climate Action and Earth Observation Unit, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission: Sustainable development in the Arctic -the new Arctic Policy.
  • Kathrin Riemann-Campe, Post-doctoral Scientist, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Alfred Wegener Institute: IPCC AR5: Projections of Arctic Sea ice Change.
  • Johan Gille, Senior Consultant, ECORYS: Current business restrictions and future opportunities for Arctic shipping.
  • Kathy Law, Director of Research, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS), 16 Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux: Current and future impacts of pollution from Arctic shipping.
  • Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks: The IMO Polar Code and Future Arctic Marine Operations.
  • Jeremy Wilkinson, Sea Ice Physicist, British Antarctic Survey: Conclusions and recommendations for necessary actions from an ICE-ARC perspective
  • Björn Dahlbäck, Director General, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat: Conclusions and recommendations for necessary actions from an EU-PolarNet perspective

Entire Programme for the Arctic Circle.

More information about the Arctic Circle.

February 2017

Arctic Change and Its Influence on Mid-Latitude Climate and Weather

Date: 1st - 3rd February 2017
Location:  Washington, DC, USA

The Arctic has warmed more than twice as fast as the global average, experienced rapid loss of sea ice, and collapse of warm season snow cover.  These profound changes to the Arctic system have coincided with a period of ostensibly more frequent events of extreme weather across the mid-latitudes, including extreme heat and rainfall events and recent severe winters. 

The deadline to apply and submit an abstract is 31st August 2016. Learn more here

The workshop is co-sponsored by US CLIVAR, the NSF Arctic Natural Sciences Program, and the WWRP Polar Prediction Project.

May 2017

Opportunities and Challenges in the Polar Regions

Date: 22nd - 25th May 2017
Location:  Cambridge, UK

Opportunities and Challenges in the Polar Regions is a short 3 day international course designed to give an intensive and expert insight into the polar regions and the challenges they face.

The polar regions are altering very rapidly as a result of climate change and human development. People working in a wide range of business sectors need to understand what is happening, and decide how they and their organisations can best adapt and operate in these cold and remote environments. This course will give the information and answers professionals need, and provide new perspectives and insights into what is happening today in the Arctic and Antartica.

This unique course has been developed and organised by the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

The cost to attend the course is £2,995 per person, with an early registration discount fee of £2,250 per person for bookings made before 1 December 2016.

For more information about the course and its objectives please visit course's website.

Early Birds and Deadlines

Opportunities and Challenges in the Polar Regions

Date: 22nd - 25th May 2017
Location: Cambridge, UK
Early Bird registration is up until 1st December 2016.