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

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Education, Communication and Outreach – Linking Research to Public Policy and Environmental Awareness

Dear colleagues and researchers,
Education, Communication and Outreach – Linking Research to Public Policy and Environmental Awareness Session Announcement and Call for Abstracts – Oral and poster presentations Arctic Changes 2008 Quebec City, QC - Canada 9-12 December 2008 Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, September 26 2008. Abstract submission guidelines are available HERE . As you may already know, ArcticNet ( and its national and international partners are welcoming the international Arctic research community to Quebec City for the International Arctic Change 2008 Conference. Coinciding with the pinnacle of the International Polar Year and the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, Arctic Change 2008 welcomes researchers, students, policy makers and stakeholders from all fields of Arctic research and all countries to address the global challenges and opportunities brought by climate change in the circum-Arctic. With 36 topical sessions and over 500 participants expected to attend, Arctic Change 2008 will be the largest trans-sectoral international Arctic research conference ever held in Canada. The conference will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre from 9-12 December 2008. One of the sessions being offered this year is Education, Communication and Outreach – Linking Research to Public Policy and Environmental Awareness Session Description: This session will feature a wide continuum of programs and initiatives that have successfully integrated education, communication and outreach into scientific research. We invite researcher, graduate students, educators, and outreach providers to take this opportunity to share their successes and ideas by submitting an abstract for an oral presentations in one of the following categories: 1) effective research partnerships between scientists and schools, 2) unique field experiences, 3) successful community-based monitoring and mentoring programs, 4) public education and 5) outcomes from IPY – sustaining the momentum! The session will be complemented by a dedicated poster session highlighting outreach projects and initiatives. This poster session will make it possible for anyone who is doing outreach within ArcticNet (on any scale) to showcase their initiatives and the people (ie students, teachers, public etc.) or institutions (school, museums, media etc.) that they are working with. The poster session will be accompanied by a Smithsonian exhibit - The Arctic a Friend Acting Strangely. All posters will be accepted, and presenters, do not have to be present. The aim is to show the breadth of outreach activities that is occurring within the Arctic research community. Schools on Board will present an outreach award to recognize an individual or group that is taking a leading role in scientific outreach. Please forward this call to people within your network that may be interested in this session. For further information, please go to: Or contact: Lucette Barber, Schools on Board Email: Tel: 204-799-7328 --------------------

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