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IPY Report: January 2008


1. St Petersburg SCAR/IASC Meeting, July 2008
2. Other impending conference deadlines
3. IPY Science Day: Changing Earth, March 12th 2007
4. APECS update
5. Videos on

Report no. 9, January 2008
From: IPY International Programme Office
To: IPY Project Coordinators
cc: IPY Community Google Groups

1. Joint SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, 8-11 July 2008

Arctic and Antarctic Perspectives in the International Polar Year
St Petersburg, Russia

Information about this conference can be found at:

Abstract submission is February 15th. Every session is open to submissions about both scientific research and education/outreach activities relevant to the science theme.

Please notify Early Career Researchers:
- IASC is offering travel grants for Early Career arctic researchers. Deadline is January 15th. Details on conference webpage.
- There will be a one day workshop for Early Career Researchers on July 7th. Register at before February 29th, 2008.

Connect with an international network of early career researchers.  The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the UK Polar Network (UKPN) are organizing a 1-day professional-development workshop for July 7, 2008, the day before the SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference.  We have great speakers and mentors on several topics: effective communication skills in proposals and presentations, improving your teaching skills, how to find your perfect polar job, international and interdisciplinary collaborations, and a few others.  To apply for a place at the workshop visit us online and submit a short biography/ CV before February 29th 2008. This free workshop is open to all early career polar researchers in any discipline so please advertise widely.  For more information please contact Liz Thomas (APECS Career Development Coordinator) at  The application deadline is the 29th February 2008.

2. Other impending conference deadlines:

EGU General Assembly 2008 - Many polar and cryosphere sessions; Abstracts due 14 January 2008.

Ninth International Conference on Permafrost (29 June - 3 July 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska) - Extended Poster Abstracts due 15 March 2008; Pre-Registration ends 31 March 2008.

33rd International Geological Conference (6 to 14 August 2008, Oslo) - Abstract and Field Trip Registration ends 29 February 2008.

Sixth International Conference of Arctic Social Sciences (22 to 26 August, Nuuk, Greenland) - Paper proposals due 15 February 2008.

3. IPY Science Day: Changing Earth, March 12th 2007

Many thanks to all who participated in the December Ice Sheet Day. The next IPY Science Day, on March 12th, will focus on the Changing Earth, on time scales from decades to centuries to millenia.  If you would like to have your IPY Project profiled, share resources, participate in web or video conferences, or be available for media during that week, please email Rhian (

4. Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

The January newsletter for APECS will be available on Friday, Jan 10th at

In Brief:

APECS works to set up the membership profile of the APECS website to facilitate the development of collaborations and sharing of resources.  The website now includes a geographic job posting feature that includes a map to help applications find job openings by location.  If you have a job to post or an opportunity to share, please email

Fifty (50) young researchers from 14 countries met from the 29 November to 2 December 2007 in the Otto Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Sciences at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, St. Petersburg, to learn the latest methods used in permafrost research and engineering and to discuss future plans to address climate change issues in permafrost areas.  This workshop was an official International Polar Year (IPY) event organized jointly by the Otto-Schmidt Laboratory for Polar and Marine Sciences in St. Petersburg, the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) and APECS.

If you would like to become more involved in any of the APECS international or regional working groups, please visit or contact the APECS Director, Jenny Baeseman:

5. Videos on now is developing capacity to show videos that have been uploaded to You Tube. If you have material that you would like featured on these pages, please send the You Tube link to Rhian ( A developmental page, with videos from a recent IPY Joint Committee meeting, can be seen at: /index.php?/ipy/videos (also navigable from the ‘browse by’ menu).

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