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IPY Report: August 2008


1. IPO in August
2. September 24th: People Day
3. Oslo Science Conference, June 2010: Call For Session Ideas
4. AGU
5. Arctic Field Season

Report no. 16, August 2008
From: IPY International Programme Office
To: IPY Project Coordinators
cc: IPY Community Google Groups

1. IPO in August

Please note that the IPO will not be working at full potential during the month of August as Nicola, Dave, and Rhian are away from the office at different times. Please be patient if the response time is slow, and call our mobile phone numbers if an immediate response is required.

2. September 24th: People Day

The next Polar Day, on September 24th, will focus on People. There are many ways for researchers in the social sciences and humanities to get involved,- eg.  by participating in a global online student discussion, being featured in radio events, giving local talks and engaging local media, or writing about your activities for To get involved, please contact Kristi Skebo () who is coordinating the Day.

3. Oslo Science Conference, June 2010: Call For Session Ideas

The next large IPY Conference will occur in Oslo, June 8-12th, 2010.  Please consider shaping this conference by proposing a session idea ... this could be in the form of traditional presentations, workshops, interactive discussions, visual displays, or other creative ideas to bring out the best of IPY. Deadline for session proposals is 24th October, 2008. For more information, visit the website at or contact Kristen Ulstein ().

4. 2008 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (15th - 19th December)

a. IPY Union and Cryosphere sessions at the 2008 AGU Fall Meeting:

The Union session will be invited presentations only and we will only have limited places but we would welcome applications from IPY projects to present at the Union session - invitees list will need to be finalised August 14. Please contact Cynan Ellis Evans ( ) directly if you are interested.

The Cryosphere session(s) will be open to all and abstracts need to be submitted online to AGU before 2359UTC on September 10th. 

b. Education, Outreach and Communication (EOC) session at AGU Fall Meeting, 2008:

Have you been integrating IPY research with public outreach or education? If so, please consider submitting an abstract to the AGU session,
ED03: IPY: Science and Outreach In Polar Partnership

Note: AGU allows presenters to be first author on oral sessions in both science and education categories so you are allowed to submit an abstract to this, and also to your relevant science session.

The International Polar Year 2007-8 continues to lead the integration of outreach, education and communication into research projects. Scientists and educators within the polar community have been working together to develop and share effective methods of communicating the important role of Polar Regions in the global system. This session is an opportunity to celebrate and profile successful partnerships between IPY science and outreach, explore best-practices, and set recommendations for future collaborations.

We welcome abstracts from all areas of polar science and outreach, especially those that used IPY as an opportunity to explore new collaborations, techniques, audiences, and technology. We are interested in approaches used for international to local activities, evaluation of these, and how these might be applied to a different context.

The submission deadline is 10 September 2008, 2359 UTC. To submit an abstract, please visit

Session details and convener contact information can be found at:

5. Arctic Field Season

Many thanks to all who have been contributing their stories from Arctic land, ice, and ocean to We wish you all successful seasons and always enjoy sharing your updates. For those about to start your season, please consider sharing your adventures with us. For more information on contributing to the website, please contact Stefan Geens ().

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