Call for Abstracts: Community & Citizen Science in the Far North

Call for Abstracts: Community & Citizen Science in the Far North

Community and Citizen Science in the Far North is a free, virtual conference scheduled for 5–7 Oct. 2021. This virtual conference, integrated with social media, will focus on sharing, networking, and discussing the various aspects of conducting community and citizen science research in the Arctic. Abstracts are due on Monday 16 August 2021 at 5:00 PM Alaska Daylight Time. We encourage community members, students, and educators to submit an abstract. Share your experiences with community and citizen science research in the Arctic. There are no registration or abstract fees. Conference registration opens on August 16, 2021.

Join for an Upcoming PolarConnect Live Event from Svalbard

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Register today for the PolarConnect event with PolarTREC teacher Mark Goldner! The live event takes place on Monday, 26 July 2021 at 11:30AM AKDT [12:30PM PDT, 1:30PM MDT, 2:30PM CDT, 3:30PM EDT]. Learn all about what is happening with a retreating glacier in Svalbard, Norway! This event will focus on the National Geographic supported expedition with the team working with Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette. Teacher Mark Goldner will share what they are learning about the changing glacier and fjord. Learn more about the science at their expedition page.

Webinar Recordings Available: Tales from the MOSAiC Expedition


The International Commission of Polar Meteorology (ICPM) announces the recordings of two recent webinars. The first webinar was presented by Dr. Amlie Kirchgaessner from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) discussing MOSAiC: What is it all about? and My Experiences from the Setup Phase of MOSAiC (Leg 1a). The second webinar was presented by Dr. John Cassano from the National Snow and Ice Date Center (NSIDC) discussing Meteorological Conditions during the MOSAiC Expedition: Normal or unusual? and A Scientist's Experience on the MOSAiC Expedition.

PolarTREC Alumnus Returns to the Field After 10 Years

Mark drives back to the glacier

Teacher Mark Goldner is returning to the field with researcher Dr. Julie Brigham-Grette 10 years after his first PolarTREC expedition in 2011. The research, this time funded through National Geographic, will return to the Svalbard Archipelago and continue to look at ice-ocean interactions and processes at the faces of tidewater glaciers. The team will be mapping bathymetry of the ice margin area to compare with earlier surveys, and recording oceanographic data (including temperature, salinity, and turbidity of the water column) to track the inflow of North Atlantic water at the ice face.

Help Shape the Future of Polar Education - Become a PEI Council Member

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Do You Want to Make an Impact in Polar Science Education and Communication?

Get active in Polar Educators International (PEI) and the PEI leadership!

Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 PEI Council

Polar Educators International is an essential network of educators and researchers aiming to provide a deeper understanding of current polar sciences to a global audience. The one-year Council term begins 1 June 2021. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Help shape PEI and the future of polar science education!

PEI Council members benefit from monthly interaction with polar educators and researchers from around the world.

  • Help organize engagement activities
  • Develop your understanding of the Polar Regions
  • Play a key role at the biennial conference in Iceland 2022
  • Assist in the development of the new Polar Resource Book

Read more about PEI on their website. To find out more about what the PEI Council does, see the FAQ here.

Applications are due 10 May 2021

Educator Liza Backman Heading to Toolik Field Station, Alaska

Educator Liza Backman Heading to Toolik Field Station, Alaska. Photo by Melissa Lau.

Teacher Liza Backman from Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy in Brooklyn, New York, will be traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska in mid-May to prepare for field work before heading to Toolik Field Station, north of the Brooks Range. She’ll be joining researchers Dr. Steve Oberbauer and Dr. Jeremy May as part of the Phenology and Vegetation in the Warming Arctic 2021 expedition. The team will study environmental variability and increased temperature on tundra plant phenology, growth, species composition and ecosystem function. Follow Liza's expedition to the Arctic by learning more about the expedition and following her journals!

Celebrate International Polar Week 2021 with APECS!

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Twice a year, the Association of Early Career Scientists (APECS) celebrates International Polar Week during the equinox, when day- and night-time are equal all around the world. During this week, they share a series of activities through APECS international and its national committees to raise awareness of the polar and alpine areas - their indigenous people, wildlife, facts, stories, scientists, and landscapes, as well as the risks they currently face, especially due to climatic changes.

This year, they are hosting a number of activities including:

  • Photo, Poetry, and Essay Competition
  • Indigenous Art
  • Polar Times - March Polar Week Special Episode
  • Webinar: When Indigenous meets western

We hope you have the chance to celebrate this special week by taking part in some of the festivities!

Arctic Science Summit Week: Session on Sustaining Collaborative Arctic Research Teams

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ARCUS would like to invite Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2021 participants to join our sessions on 25 March on “Experiences in Sustaining Collaborative Arctic Research Teams.” There will be two sessions on 25 March (11:30–13:30 GMT and 15:30–17:30 GMT). Each session will include oral presentations and lightning talks from poster presenters followed by an interactive discussion to share successes, failures and challenges faced when building and sustaining collaborative research teams. Additional resources shared by participants will also be made available on the ARCUS website after the meeting.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions Application Period is Now Open!

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The Inspiring Girls* Expedition program seeks 16 and 17-year-old girls for tuition-free mini-research expeditions to study at the elbows of glaciologists, oceanographers, artists, and other professionals. Girls on Ice is the original expedition where girls study glaciers, volcanoes, and the alpine environment. We also now have Girls in Icy Fjords, Girls on Rock, Girls on Water, Girls in the Forest.

Applications must be started by January 22, 2021. Please visit the website for details on eligibility and selection criteria. Inspiring Girl expeditions are tuition-free, wilderness science expeditions that offer a powerful opportunity for young women from all social and economic backgrounds to build their creativity, curiosity, courage, and confidence; students' grades are not considered in their selection process.

Please share this with teachers or teenagers you know!

Funded by NSF, NASA, Alaska CASC, and donations from generous people like you!

*Inspiring Girls maintains an inclusive, gender-expansive acceptance policy. See our website for more information.