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IPY Report: December 2009


1. Oslo Science Conference, 8-12 June 2010
2. IPO at AGU Fall Meeting
3. IPY EOC update
4. APECS Update
5. IPO during December 2009

Report no. 32, December 2009
From: IPY International Programme Office
To: IPY Project Coordinators
cc: IPY Community Google Groups

1. Oslo Science Conference, 8-12 June 2010

The programme has come out, the web site now accepts abstracts, we have a venue, a time, and a challenge - to make the Oslo Science Conference one of the most interdisciplinary and international events in science, where we celebrate, with all partners, the remarkable achievements of this IPY, where we share, explore and exchange the richness of IPY data, and where we chart the future of polar research and meet and encourage the people who will shape it. Polar science of all flavors, young scientists in abundance, teachers and journalists intermixed, films, food, fun, free access to the city of Oslo - plan to join us in June 2010. For fresh information you can share with your research and education networks, see: Abstract submission deadlines for science and teachers’ conferences are January 20, 2010.

2. IPO at AGU Fall Meeting

We have an AGU Union IPY poster session (U11C - Monday morning) on Education and Outreach - come see a few glimpses of the array of IPY activities and how they point the way toward environmental literacy. We have an IPY-focused science session, posters (C43C) on Thursday afternoon and presentations (C53B) on Friday afternoon. In the days, hours and sessions between those opening and closing IPY events you will find an overwhelming abundance of polar science. For some assistance, or for a respite, visit us at the IPY exhibit (booth 309) - we will have access to the Oslo 2010 registration systems, some working examples of the Polar Information Commons process, final (?) copies of the IPY chart, and free copies of the popular two-sided Arctic-Antarctic maps. AGU will also show the Tara video, beautiful ice, atmosphere and ocean footage from the remarkable drift across the Arctic during IPY, on Sunday evening and again on Tuesday evening.

3. IPY EOC update

* Polar Resource Book- Content review and final editing touches are almost completed. We thank all of those who contributed to the scientific and education review of the PRB content; your efforts have helped us turn made this into a richer resource. Design work is scheduled for the month of December and the final product is due to the publishers early in the new year. A huge thank you to all the book editors who have kept this process moving at a remarkable pace. We cannot wait for the release of the book in Oslo!
* Polar Weeks- please watch the IPO website for updates on March Polar Week developments. A new link will be added to the cover page this week. If you have any projects or events you would like to plan for March please contact Melissa Deets at
* IPO Blogs- remember if you have an IPY story to tell please share it with IPO and we will post it on our blog.

4. APECS Update

APECS has been busy again in November! View a full report of activities from Feb-Oct 2009 at:

Learn about the Priorities for the APECS Organization for 2009-2010 at:…

The IPY International Early Career Researcher Symposium will be held 4-8 December in Victoria, BC, Canada. Check out the great line up of mentors and participants at:

Upcoming APECS Mentor Panels and other meetings:
* 27 Nov - UK Polar Network Day
* 3 Dec - Luncheon Dialog at the Antarctic Treaty Summit
* 15 Dec - AGU Mentor Panel
* 1-4 Feb - Jokkmokk Winter Conference
* 2 Feb - Mentor Panel at VICC, Valdivia, Chile

Planning for Early Career Scientists activities at the IPY Oslo Conference is also underway. To learn more about the early career activities, including travel support provided by IASC, visit
Be sure to also check out the new videos posted - or share yours!

We also have a lot of great discussions happening in the Polar Literature Discussion:

As always, we encourage anyone with an open position to post it on the APECS website at

If you have any other great opportunities to share with the members, just send an email to

5. IPO during December 2009

This month we send enormous and affectionate thanks to two great IPO partners: Karen Edwards in Edmonton, Canada, and Odd Rogne in Oslo, Norway. Odd has provided advice and assistance, formal and informal but always generous, to the IPO for nearly four years! One can recognize his helpful roles in the SAON (Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks) and HAIS (Heads of Arctic and Antarctic IPY Secretariats) processes. He will retire (for the final time, I hear) from the Research Council of Norway but continue to consult for the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and for the Oslo 2010 conference. Karen has carried the IPO EOC load for the past 6 months, after carrying many loads within the Canadian IPY Secretariat for nearly 4 years. Polar weeks, polar books, polar EOC committee - all of these would have come to a stop without Karen’s skillful and enthusiastic efforts. Now Karen will resume progress on her PhD programme, having carried the IPO EOC team since June. Thanks, Karen! Dave and Melissa will support IPO activities at AGU through the week of 14 to 18 December. We ask your patience as the IPO maintains very limited activity level for the remainder of December.

We expect Dave, Melissa and Nicola to resume high-level duties and rapid-responses in early January 2010. 

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