Conferences and workshops

November 2016

COP22: Arctic change and its implications for global risk

Date: 18th November 2016
Location:  Marrakesh, Morocco

Together with the EU funded project ICE-ARC EU-PolarNet is organising a side event at this year's World Climate Conference in Marrakesh on "Arctic change and its implications for global risk". The Arctic is experiencing dramatic environmental, economic, and societal changes that not only have implications for the high latitudes, but which are likely to lead to profound global consequences and risks. But how much do we really know about the impact of Arctic change? Building upon the EU's investment in Arctic science our session will provide up-to-date information on the effects and risks associated with Arctic change globally, with a special focus on implications for the lower latitudes. To do this we cover four interconnected themes, these are:

  1. Climate change in the Arctic
  2. Arctic connections with the rest of the world
  3. Global economic risk and the Arctic
  4. Societal and security impacts of Arctic change

WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit

Date: 30th November - 2nd December 2016
Location:  Rotterdam, Netherlands

EU-PolarNet is hosting a breakout session at this year's WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit. Themed "Polar Science/Industry Collaboration for Sustainable Development" the session will be an important contributor to the EU-PolarNet dialogue with stakeholders. Within this session, the polar researchers and industry representatives are able to discuss possibilities of an intensified and mutually beneficial cooperation in research and infrastructure usage for a sustainable development of the Polar areas.

The session will start off with hort introductory talks and continue with a longer panel discussion, chaired by Nicole Biebow, EU-PolarNet. The following thematic areas will be covered by researchers:

  • Sea ice change and forecast – Jeremy Wilkinson, BAS
  • Collaboration: the social science perspective'– Annette Scheepstra, RUG
  • Polar Code and Polar infrastructures – Juanjo Dañobeitia, CSIC
  • Knowledge and innovative tools to promote safe, environmentally sound operations in the Arctic – Sveinung Loset, SAMCoT


 More information about the summit can be found on the event's website.

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.