Conferences and workshops

May 2017

Ukrainian Antarctic International Conference

Date: 16th - 18th May 2017
Location: Kiev, Ukraine

The VIII International Antarctic Conference is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s accession to the Antarctic Treaty (September 17, 1992).

Conference Sections:

  • Earth Sciences (Geologic-geophysical research, Geoecology and other related disciplines);
  • Life Sciences (Biological, Medical-Physiological research and other related disciplines);
  • Physical Sciences (Hydrometeorology, Oceanography, Geospace and other related disciplines);
  • New Technologies and Equipment (Automated Control Systems, Geoinformation Technologies and Telecommunication Systems).

Conference languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English.

To participate in the Conference you need to fill in and submit the Application form to the electronic address of the Organizing Committee  until March 1, 2017.

Requirements for abtract submission.

June 2017

Ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences: People and Place

Date: 8th - 12th June 2017
Location: Umeå, Sweden

ICASS is held every three years, bringing together people from all over the world to share ideas about social science research in the Arctic. ICASS VIII, held in Prince George, Canada in May 2014, attracted 470 participants from 27 different countries.

ICASS IX's theme is People and Place. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsibility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on the many different parts of the Arctic and the people that live there. The multiple Arctics have lately been addressed by many policy makers and researchers. The purpose is often to counteract the stereotypic understanding of the Arctic too often represented by icebergs and polar bears. A focus on people and place highlights the many variances across the region in terms of climate, political systems, demography, infrastructure, history, languages, health, legal systems, land and water resources etc.

Our sessions:

17.1 Stakeholder engagement: moving from quantity to more quality

: 8th June 2017, 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Session Room 12

Arctic research projects have increasingly adopted stakeholder dialogue and engagement processes. The EU for instance is drafting a new polar research agenda together with relevant stakeholders and all new research projects funded by the EU need to engage with stakeholders (EU-PolarNet). But little is known about how successful all these research projects are in this engagement process and what methods are being used. In this session we not only present potential frameworks of stakeholder engagement but we also look for ways of scientific assessment of such engagement activities:

  • How can we achieve that not only the quantity of stakeholder engagement is increasing, but above all the quality.
  • What research has been done and or should be done ABOUT the stakeholder engagement?
  • What can we learn from related engagement processes like social licence to operate, social impact assessments, community based participatory research and inclusion of Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Indigenous Methodologies? And which research gaps can we define?
  • How can consultation be done as a (meaningful) process throughout a project life span rather than e.g., a single pre-study consulting event (which might be understood by the stakeholder as token rather than sustainable inclusion of their views and needs)?

17.07 Incorporation of Social Science and Humanities in large EU projects

Date: 10th June 2017, 13:30 - 15:00
Location: Session Room 13

In the last decades social sciences have substantially increased their voice and visibility in Polar research (particularly in the Arctic) that is, also historically, dominated by natural sciences. However, insights form social sciences over the last two decades or so have led to a better understanding of rapid societal changes also in the context of physical processes such as climate change etc. Interdisciplinary (collaboration of social sciences, humanities and natural sciences) and transdisciplinary research (collaboration with stakeholders) becomes therefore also more and more a requirement in programs of national and international research funding agencies.

This is also the case for the EU commission funded EU-PolarNet initiative.The EU-PolarNet consortium is set to develop an integrated EU Polar research programme by identifying short and long-term scientific needs. It also seeks to optimise and co-ordinate the use of Polar infrastructure for multi-platform science missions whilst fostering trans-disciplinary collaboration on Polar research. An important focal point for this, and in future EU projects, is the inclusion of Social Science and Humanities in Polar research projects -also in those in the natural sciences. During this session we want to discuss the way we can best achieve this and the topics to be included. We also wantto see which lessons we can learn from other projects, or research group.


More information about ICASS IX.

3rd International Symposium on Krill

Date: 12th - 16th June 2017
Location: St Andrews, Scotland

Further information:

Breaking records: How high temperatures in the Arctic affect European society - Policy briefing

Date: 22nd June 2017
Location: EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations, Brussels

From this year on, EU-PolarNet will host annual policy briefings in Brussels. The first briefing is co-organised with the European Polar Board. It is coming up on 22nd June 2017 and runs under the theme "Breaking records: How high temperatures in the Arctic affect European society". The lunchtime event is set out to give EU and national policy makers an overview of the state-of-the-art research on abnormal temperatures in the Arctic and their consequences for Europe. For this sea ice expert Dirk Notz from the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany, will give a keynote address on how Europe is affected by a warming Arctic. A subsequent panel discussion will build on the current scientific knowledge to reflect upon mitigation and adaptation options, which can reduce the vulnerability of both the European society and economy. The panellists are: Volker Rachold (Head of the German Arctic Office), Kirsi Latola (University of the Arctic Thematic Networks Director), Frej Sorento Dichmann (Senior Advisor Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation) and Nikolaj Bock (European Environment Agency).

Click here to see the full agenda.

The policy briefing is by invitation only, registration is required. If you are interested in attending the policy briefing, please get in touch with Kristina Bär (

July 2017

XIIth SCAR Biology Symposium

Date: 10th - 14th July 2016
Location: Leuven, Belgium

The main theme is "Scale Matters".  From the small molecular scale, through population and large ecosystem scale, biological processes and diversity span all these levels.  Understanding these processes, as well past and present patterns of biodiversity, are essential for understanding possible threats to Antarctic biology and their impact.  With this Symposium we want to focus on understanding biological distribution and trends, as well as adaptation and processes both in the marine and terrestrial realm, including the human biology.  Special attention will be paid to multidisciplinary research and how combining insight from different fields can help our understanding of biology in this unique region.  An important aspect of this symposium will focus on the societal impact of Antarctic biological sciences and how this can be communicated, not only to the general public, but also to policy makers.

Side event by the European Polar Board

"Why do Penguins Matter?" - 11th July, 17:00-18:30

Penguin populations throughout Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are threatened by a variety of pressures, driven or heightened by ongoing changes to climate, environment and the ecosystem, and anthropogenic activity. But why should we care?

Penguins are an essential component of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic ecosystem, but their value extends well beyond the southern polar region. Penguins are important and valuable to science, culture, economics and policy worldwide.

Penguins are a key component of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean system.  Beyond ecology and biodiversity, penguins have unique value for of science and society in the broadest possible sense. A range of speakers will outline the importance of penguins to their field of expertise, and discuss relevant threats, challenges and opportunities, which science, policy and society can address together.

The role of scientists, particularly biologists, in understanding penguins and related issues, will be at the forefront of discussions.

Aim of the session: Knowledge exchange between different stakeholders in the polar domain, using penguins as a symbol to foster discussion and debate


More information on the symposium's website.

Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences

Date: 5th - 7th July 2017
Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Antarctica rarely makes it onto the map of the humanities and social sciences. While artists have produced responses to the continent for centuries, non-scientific researchers have been reluctant to venture intellectually into the far southern latitudes. The continent's lack of an indigenous or permanent human population, together with a popular Antarctic exceptionalism which frames the continent as immune to the political, social and economic forces that affect the rest of the globe, has made it seem off-limits to analysis outside of a scientific framework.

Increasingly, however, public attention is being drawn to Antarctica, as the surface of its ice plays host to tourists, proliferating stations, heroic re-enactments, and national manoeuvring; its icy depths reveal the environmental history of our planet; and its ocean currents ominously undermine the glaciers around its edges. While scientific efforts are crucial, understanding the Antarctic region - past, present and future - requires contributions across the disciplinary spectrum. This conference aims to bring together humanities, creative arts and social sciences researchers interested in the Antarctic, fostering a community of scholars who can act in concert with natural scientists to address the issues that face the Antarctic region.

More information on the conference website.

August 2017

Conversations from the North Conference

Date: 27th - 29th August 2017
Location: University of Aberdeen, UK

The University of Aberdeen is convening a major international conference on the theme: Conversations from the North: Scholars of many disciplines and inhabitants of many places in dialogue with one another, with animals and plants, and with the land.
The conference is being held in association with the 11th Rectors’ Forum of the University of the Arctic, and will take place in Aberdeen from August 27th to 29th 2017.
The goal of the conference is to celebrate the University’s emergence as a world-leading centre for interdisciplinary research on the circumpolar North.
The conference will be fully interdisciplinary, with themes including:

  • the Anthropocene in the Arctic
  • movements and encounters of northern peoples in the long term
  • health, demography and culture change in the North
  • land, sovereignty and indigenous rights
  • political regimes and international relations in the circumpolar North. 

A call for abstracts, for both oral and poster presentations, is now open, with a submission deadline of February 14th 2017. Full instructions for submission, along with details of the conference theme, programme and registration, are available at  



September 2017

Serving Society with better Weather and Climate Information

Date: 4th to 8th September 2017
Location: Dublin, Ireland

A key challenge for the meteorological and climatological communities is how best to harness the wealth of data now available - both observational and modelled - to generate and communicate effectively relevant, tailored and timely information ensuring the highest quality support to users' decision-making. Realising the value of meteorological and climate information to government, industry and all sectors of society is the focus of this conference.

More information about the conference can be found on the European Meteorological Society's website.