Conferences and workshops

May 2016

Adaptation Futures

Date: 10th - 13th May 2016
Location:  Rotterdam, Netherlands

Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). In 2016 the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands co-host the fourth edition. Adaptation Futures 2016 is where scholars, practitioners, policymakers and business people from all around the world go to connect, learn and inspire. It highlights adaptation practices and solutions for people, governments and businesses. The programme addresses all sectors and all parts of the world.

Theme 7. The Arctic: Connecting Arctic researchers and industry: a dialogue for societal benefit

Date: Wednesday, 11th May 2016
Location:  Van Walsum Room

How can an open, productive and respectful dialogue between stakeholders from industry and scientists be established for increasing mutual understanding and identifying new ways of working for ensuring economic and societal benefits? After presentations from EU-PolarNet, Shell and Basecamp Oulanka, a small Arctic company, we will have an open discussion focused on the societal and economic impacts of Arctic change and its effects on the sustainable development of the region. Aim is to improve mutually beneficial engagement and interaction between EU-PolarNet participants and stakeholders from industry, the international research community, as well as the wider society, including young people.

Organised by: Annette Scheepstra, Arctic Centre, University of Groningen (the Netherlands)

Partners: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (Germany); European Polar Board (the Netherlands)

Chair: Annette Scheepstra, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Rapporteur: Kirsi Latola, University of Oulu, Finland


  • The role of EU-PolarNet in better addressing societal needs in polar research – Nicole Biebow, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
  • The impact of climate change on the economic development in the Arctic – Dimtry Yumashev, Ice-Arc project, the Netherlands
  • An interplay between the climate change and eco tourism– Keijo Salenius, Basecamp Oulanka, Finland

Further information about Adaptation Futures 2016 on the event's website.


June 2016

XI. International Conference on Permafrost

Date: 20th - 24th June 2016
Location:  Potsdam, Germany

Please visit the ICOP website for more information.


August 2016

SCAR Open Science Conference

Date: 20th - 30th August 2016
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This year's SCAR Open Science conference will focus on Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the world.

EU-PolarNet Town Hall

Date: Wednesday, 24th August, 19:00-21:00

EU-PolarNet – Connecting Science with Society

This Town Hall meeting aims to interact with and inform our Antarctic stakeholders about the project and discuss with them how they can contribute to the project.

Contact: Renuka Badhe ( - EPB / EUPolarNet, NL


September 2016

UArctic Congress 2016

Date: 12th - 16th September 2016
Location:  Saint Petersburg State University, Russia

The inaugural UArctic Congress 2016 will feature Science and Meeting sections, including:

  • Acclaimed keynote speakers and scientific experts presenting their latest research.
  • Parallel sessions on an array of Arctic science, policy, and education topics.
  • Formal meetings for representatives of the Council of UArctic and UArctic Rectors’ Forum.
  • Side-meetings to foster contacts and enhance networking.
  • Opportunities for promoting and marketing your organization and activities.
  • A UArctic Student Forum with workshops.
  • A Cultural and Social program like no other.

Call for session proposals is open until 31st October 2015. Please visit the UArctic website for more information.

ICES ASC 2016: Stakeholder Workshop on Research Needs on Arctic Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services

Date: 19th - 23rd September 2016
Location: Riga, Latvia

The second AMAP/EU-PolarNet stakeholder workshop will be part of a full-day event, which will begin with a morning scientific session entitled ‘AMAP/EU-PolarNet/ICES Session on Arctic Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities’, which is Theme Session P of the ICES Annual Science Conference. Based on the scientific presentations in this session, the AMAP/EU-PolarNet Stakeholder Workshop on "Research Needs on Arctic Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services" will be held in the afternoon, with participants representing not only scientists and the research community but also various other stakeholders with interests associated with Arctic marine ecosystem services, including fisheries, shipping, and tourism. The program for this workshop will be prepared after the full roster of presentations in the scientific session have been determined.

A description of the AMAP/EU-PolarNet/ICES Session on Arctic Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities is available at: and can be downloaded here.

Call for papers for the scientific session

The call for papers for this and the other sessions at the conference can be found at:

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30th April 2016.


Past events

April 2016

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016

Date: 17th - 22nd April 2016
Location:  Vienna, Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2016 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

Session CR1.7/OS1.26: Arctic ocean and cryosphere in rapid transition

The Arctic is currently undergoing unprecedented climate and environmental change, at a pace that exceeds the global average by far. The persistent mismatch between observed and projected patterns of change makes planning and mitigation activities in the Arctic challenging. Therefore, knowledge of the present and past status of the Arctic Ocean and its adjacent coasts is urgently needed to make robust projections of future conditions throughout the Arctic region.

The Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART, network aims at better understanding and projecting rapid changes in the Arctic. ART fosters multi-disciplinary and international research in the Arctic with a focus on integrating spatial and temporal scales in the marine realm and to adjacent Arctic systems.


Please visit the EGU2016 website for more information.


March 2016

International Partnerships in Ice Core Science – Second Open Science Conference

Date: 7th – 11th March 2016
Location: Hobart, Australia

International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) is the principal planning group for international ice core science. Established in 2005, IPICS now includes scientists from 23 nations.The IPICS 2016 Second Open Science Conference conference in Hobart, Australia, follows the vibrant First IPICS OSC in Giens, France, in 2012, which attracted 230 scientists.The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and the Australian Antarctic Division are very pleased to host the Second IPICS OSC and look forward to the opportunities to share the latest science and build the IPICS community.

More information about the conference are available on the IPICS website.

ASSW 2016 / EU-PolarNet General Assembly

Dates: 12th - 18th March 2016
Location: Fairbanks, USA

AMAP/EU-PolarNet Stakeholder Workshop on Arctic Health and
Wellness Research Needs

Date: Saturday, 12th March 2016
Time: 9am - 5pm
:  Duckering Building, Room 252

The workshop will convene Arctic researchers, health professionals, representatives of Arctic communities and Indigenous peoples groups, and other interested organizations and persons to discuss research needs to study effects (both physical and mental) arising from the combined impacts of stressors such as climate change, food and water insecurity, changes in availability of traditional wildlife species, increased activities such as tourism and resource exploitation, etc., on the health and wellbeing of Arctic residents. The workshop will also consider research needs in relation to technological equipment that can assist health professionals working in remote Arctic areas.

For a full workshop description and agenda, please download the flyer.

EU-PolarNet General Assembly

Date: Sunday, 13th March 2016
Time: 1.30pm - 5pm open part
Location: Bunnell Building, Schaible Auditorium

The EU-Polarnet General Assembly will take place the full day, with a closed morning session and an open afternoon session.


13:30 - 13:45   Introduction to EU-PolarNet by N. Biebow, AWI

13:45 - 14:15   D2.1: Progress on prioritised objectives in polar research, Deliverable 2.1 by R. Azzolini, CNR

14:15 - 14:45   D3.2: European Polar Infrastructure Catalogue by Y. Frenot, IPEV

Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:45   D4.5: A Stakeholder Map by A. Scheepstra, RUG

15:45 - 17:00   Public Discussion on deliverables and future EU-PolarNet tasks and expectations e.g. How to involve the stakeholders (Chair: K. Latola)

More information about the Arctic Science Summit Week 2016 can be found on the ASSW 2016 website.


February 2016

Arctic ECRA workshop

Date: 25th (13:00) – 26th Feb 2016 (16:00)
Location: Brussels, Rue du Trône 98 (Helmholtz Association)
More information:

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss some of the latest scientific progress, review Arctic Ecra’s strategic paper, and provide feedback to EU-PolarNet regarding its initial list of research priorities.

If there is something you would like to present at that workshop, please contact:

Ocean Sciences Meeting

Date: 21st - 26th February 2016
Location: New Orleans, USA

Session: "Macroecological Approaches to the Arctic Ocean System: Changes and Implications on Biogeochemical Cycles"

Macroecology advocates the collection of large amounts of some “easily” measured data at large spatial scales in order to examine relations between organisms and their environment. Focus is given to pattern, scale, regionality and seasonality. In the Arctic Ocean, the most striking physical changes are associated with diminishing sea ice extent and thickness, resulting in a loss of an important interface between the ocean and the atmosphere.  Understanding the response of biogeochemical cycles and the marine ecosystems to these changes requires the integration of physical, biological and chemical oceanographic studies across a range of temporal and spatial scales.

Primary Chair:  Ilka Peeken, Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany

Chairs:  Patricia Matrai, Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences, United States; Eddy Carmack, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Canada and Maria Vernet, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, United States


January 2016

Arctic Frontiers 2016

AMAP Side Event: Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic

Date: 27th January 2016, 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Room 1,425, UiT the Arctic University, Tromsø, Norway

The side-event Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic was arranged at UiT The Arctic University of Norway during Arctic Frontiers 2016. The event was organised by EU-PolarNet partner AMAP (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program), an Arctic Council Working Group.

This side event convened the Arctic business community, local and regional planners in a dialogue on adaptation actions in the extended Barents region.

To enable more informed, timely and responsive decision making in a rapidly changing Arctic, the Arctic Council initiated the flagship project Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA). In this project, experts explore the future life, politics, resources and environmental challenges of three Arctic regions. The aim is to broaden the understanding and knowledge base on key issues relevant to people living in the Arctic, businesses and Arctic ecosystems, as well as identifying critical knowledge gaps and ways forward in bridging the science-policy interface.

This side event presented Barents-specific findings from the project, including a spectrum of possible futures based on driving forces and key questions. Our focus was on engaging businesses, decision-makers and planners in discussions on challenges that may shape future industrial and societal developments, and how managing change can support long-term adaptive capacity. Moderated discussions based on the introductory talks addressed a set of questions, e.g.:

  • How do we plan for the future? Is our knowledge base good enough?
  • What are most challenging in terms of adaptation in the Arctic for activities such as oil and gas, mining, shipping and infrastructure, fisheries, tourism, aquaculture and agriculture?
  • What are the implications for businesses and planners with respect to developing adaptation strategies, tools and options?
  • What strategies exist and what processes are needed for supporting future adaptation action? 

Please visit the Arctic Frontiers website for more information.


December 2015

AGU Fall Meeting

Date: 14th until 18th December 2015
Location: San Francisco, USA

The AGU Fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space sciences community for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research. The technical program includes presentations on new and cutting-edge science, much of which has not yet been published, meaning you’ll return to work with knowledge you can’t get anywhere else.

EU-PolarNet Townhall Meeting was held on Monday 14 December, 18:15-19:15.

COP21 Paris Side Events

‘Climate Change in the Arctic – Local, Regional and Global Impacts’

Date: 5th December 2015, 14.30 – 16.00
Location: Room Brussels (European Union Pavilion, Hall 2B in the Blue Zone of Le Bourget - accreditation needed)

Joint Side Event hosted by ICE-ARC, EU-POLARNET and the EUROPEAN POLAR BOARD

This 90-minute Briefing Session provided high-level decision-makers and other interested parties with a holistic overview of Arctic change and its multi-sector impacts (climatic, societal, and economic) at local, regional and global levels. A flow of up-to-date information from leaders in their field was given followed by an open discussion. This Side Event provided an excellent opportunity to discuss with the experts, advanced knowledge that is needed for effective and evidence-based decision-making.


  • Peter Horvath, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission (BELGIUM)
  • Sir David King, FCO Special Representative for Climate Change (UK) – The Physical Basis of Arctic Change
  • Professor Jean-Claude Gascard, Senior Scientist, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FRANCE) – Scenarios for Arctic change and Global Consequences
  • Anthony Hobley, Chief Executive, The Carbon Tracker (UK) – Economic Impact of Arctic change; regional and global contexts
  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Former Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and this year’s winner of the Right Livelihood Award (CANADA) – Societal Consequences of Arctic change; regional and global contexts
  • Thorben Hoffmeister, Executive Officer Geopolitics, Bundeswehr Geoinformation Center (ZGeoBw) – Geopolitical and Security Consequences of Arctic Change


November 2015

2015 Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting

Date: 17th until 19th November 2015
Location: Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle, USA

The Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting is focused on the science. The meeting goals are to:

  • Present and discuss scientific findings and advances resulting from Arctic observing projects;
  • Discuss operational and technological achievements of observing science projects and efforts funded through U.S. local, state, and federal agencies, and private and non-profit organizations;
  • Explore how well new observational achievements meet major science goals;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration to develop high impact scientific synthesis products and papers; and
  • Strengthen the goals, identity, and activities of an integrated Arctic Observing System.

More information are available on the ARCUS website.


October 2015

Polar Data Forum II

Date: 27th until 29th October 2015
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Task 3.3 of EU-PolarNet attended to discuss leaders cooperation with ADC (SAON Committee) and SC-ADM (Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management)

Arctic Circle

Date: 16th until 18th October 2015
EUPolarNet and EPB session: 17th October, 5pm - 6:30pm
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

EU-PolarNet and the European Polar Board hosted a session at the Arctic Circle 2015: "What Can Arctic Stakeholders and Researchers Learn from Each Other?"


  • Andrea Tilche (Head of Climate Action and Earth Observation Unit, European Commission): EC statement on its role in Arctic research for society.
  • Nicole Biebow (Head of International CooperationUnit, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Alfred Wegener Institute); Project Manager, EU-PolarNet): EU-PolarNet aimsand planned activities.

  • Adam Stepien (PhD Candidate, EU European Arctic Information Centre and Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland): Challenging, rewarding, disappointing and risky -consultations for assessments and policy-making: EUAIC experience.

  • Wiesław Ziaja (Vice President, Polish Polar Consortium): Polish Polar Consortium Aims and Activities


  • Karin Lochte, Director, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Alfred Wegener Institute.
  • Jeremy Wilkinson, Coordinator of ICE-ARC, British Antarctic Survey
  • Yves Frenot, Director of the French Polar Institute, IPEV
  • Kirsi Latola, Director, UArctic Thematic Networks
  • Volker Rachold, Executive Secretary, International Arctic Science Committee


Learn more about the Arctic Circle.


September 2015

2nd Tri-lateral Symposium on Arctic and Marine Research Infrastructure

Date: 24th until 25th September 2015
Location: Halifax, Canada

The symposium will bring together approximately 60 participants from the United States, Europe and Canada for two days of discussion and debate on how to address the most pressing issues that were identified at the first tri-lateral Arctic and Marine Research Infrastructure Symposium, held in Rome in 2013. These issues include; finding ways to improve international scientific planning, mapping research priorities to infrastructure requirements, sharing information on a wide range of research activities, capabilities and outcomes, and exploring possibilities for building international research data management and sharing facilities.


August 2015

COMNAP Antarctic Roadmap Challenges

Date: 23rd until 25th August 2015
Location: Tromsø, Norway

Any COMNAP member national Antarctic program delegate that is registered for the COMNAP AGM may attend the workshop along with ARC-SC members. Nicole Biebow (AWI) was invited to present EU-PolarNet.


July 2015

YOPP (Year of Polar Prediction) Summit

Date: 13th until 15th July 2015
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Statement of support by EU-PolarNet,
ESA-EC cooperation

Our Common Future Under Climate Change

Date: 7th until 10th July 2015
Location: Paris, France

Two EU-PolarNet sessions were held:

  • 7th July – Session 1112: The Arctic Climate System
    Denis-Didier Rousseau (CNRS) and Julienne Stroeve (University of Colorado)

  • 8th July – Session 3327: Adapting to Arctic Climate Change
    Kirsi Latola (University of Oulu), Key Note: Nicole Biebow (Alfred Wegener Institute)


June 2015

Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting 2015

When: 30th May 2015 - 10th June 2015
Where: Sofia, Bulgaria

An Information Paper was prepared for presentation at the ATCM meeting in Sofia.

What next for EU Arctic policy?

Date: 1-2 June 2015
Venue: Silken Hotel Berlaymont, Brussels (Belgium)

A stakeholder consultation conference with the aim to gather views and recommendations of Arctic stakeholders, such as private sector representatives, scientists, academics, NGOs, Arctic States, EU Member States and indigenous peoples on the further development of EU Arctic Policy. The event will consist of 3 thematic sessions to explore the EU's role in environment, climate change action and knowledge; socio-economic development; and international cooperation. Ample time during each session will be reserved for participants to actively share their recommendations.

Watch the webstream.


April 2015

Arctic Science Summit Week 2015

Date: 23rd-30th April 2015
Where: Toyama, Japan

In future years, the Plenary Meetings of EU-PolarNet will be held at the annual Arctic Science Summit Week meetings. This is also where the European Polar Board meet each year, and EPB are closely affiliated with EU-PolarNet. 

Several project members will be in attendance, and we will be available to discuss the project and are starting the process of dissemination and collaboration.


March 2015

1st General Assembly of EU-PolarNet Plenary Meeting

Date: 9th-11th March 2015
Where: Bremerhaven, Germany

The First General Assembly of EU-PolarNet was held in Bremerhaven, Germany, and was hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, the co-orindators of the project. 

The meeting was the first time all project partners in the consortium had gathered together. It provided an opportunity both to meet new collaborators, and to discuss and decide on strategy for achieving EU-PolarNet's ambitious goals, during work package discussion sessions.