Conferences and workshops

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 @SCAR OSC

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.

EU-PolarNet Townhall Event

Date: 27th September 2016
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. 

Please note the event is by invitation only - if you are interested in attending the event, please write an email to

Have a look at the preliminary agenda.

October 2016

Arctic Circle 2016

Date: 7th - 9th October 2016
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.

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

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

Date: 1st - 3rd February 2017
Location: Washington, DC, US
The deadline to apply and submit an abstract is 31st August 2016.

Opportunities and Challenges in the Polar Regions

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