International Polar Year, or IPY (2007-2009) is by far the most exciting international scientific and educational opportunity of this century. For the next two years, all eyes will be focused on the physical, social and human dimensions of our planet's polar regions. Watch this blog for news related to Canadian outreach and education efforts related to IPY. Of particular interest to educators! Note: This blog is created independently of any official IPY organization

Friday, October 12, 2007

IPY Training, Communications and Outreach funding announced

International Polar Year (IPY) 2007 - 2008 is the largest ever international program of coordinated, interdisciplinary science and research focussed on the Arctic and Antarctic. The initiative, which began on March 1, 2007, involves research that will explore new scientific frontiers, improve our ability to detect change and deepen our understanding of polar processes and their global linkages. IPY involves as many as 60 countries, including Canada, and tens of thousands of scientists and research personnel from around the world. IPY is a unique opportunity to leave a lasting legacy of benefits for Northern, Aboriginal communities and all Canadians. Today, the Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year has issued a Call for Proposals for Training, Communications and Outreach projects in conjunction with International Polar Year. Innovative and creative proposals are being sought to help raise awareness about the Canadian Arctic, promote IPY and polar science and research, and provide training and skills development for Northerners, amongst other objectives. The Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year places important emphasis on engaging children and youth and wishes to encourage partnerships and collaborations in all aspects of its program. This Call for Proposals is intended to support activities and initiatives across the country, particularly in the North. Details regarding the Call for Proposals will be posted shortly on our website at The Call closes on January 15, 2008. Your assistance with helping to forward this email to as many interested applicants as possible would be greatly appreciated.

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