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

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Upcoming IPY events

Hello everyone,
Thought I’d send out a quick update on some of the conferences, workshops and events happening in the next little while that deal with northern science and International Polar Year.  There are sure to be some I’ve missed but this list is wide ranging, including events here in Whitehorse as well as conferences as far afield as Miami and Oslo.


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
September 28 – 30, 2009

Northern Contaminants Program
 17th Annual NCP Results Workshop
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2009

Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS).
9th ACUNS International Student Conference on Northern Studies and Polar Regions
Communities of Change – Building an IPY Legacy
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Oct. 2 – 5, 2009

International Polar Week
October 5 – 9, 2009
focus on recruiting new individual and institutional partners, will stimulate increased engagement by polar partners, and will highlight classroom activities developed for the new IPY Polar Resource Book.

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)
IPY International Early Career Researcher Symposium
Victoria, B.C. Canada
Dec. 4 – 8, 2009
More info

6th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2009)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Dec. 8 – 11, 2009

Canadian International Polar Year Early Results workshop
February 2010 (tentative)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

International Polar Week
March 2010
 focus on local community-building activities, will connect new and existing partners in science outreach

State of the Arctic Conference
Miami, Florida
March 16 – 19, 2010

IPY Oslo Science Conference
Polar Science - Global Impact
Oslo, Norway
June 8 – 12, 2010

IPY Teachers conference in Oslo
Date: 6th-7th June 2010  (Teacher workshop) 8th-12th June (IPY Oslo Science Conference)
Place: Oslo, Norway
Size of the event: 120 teacher participants (3000 + participants in the science conference)
Conditions: Accommodation fully covered (6 nights) + other costs in Oslo (Included local bus fares, Resource book and other materials). Participants cover their own travel costs to/from Oslo. Fee for full conference: Euro 230

Teacher Conference:  During the 2-day workshop:
1)     Educators will meet and interact with polar scientists who will share their latest research and findings during the IPY.
2)     An international group of educators will lead the participants in activities developed to transfer the science to classrooms.
3)     Participants will receive the IPY resource book that will make its debut at this conference.
4)     Special excursions and social events will be part of the 2-day experience in beautiful Oslo!
Note: The deadline to express interest was September 9th but there may still be an opportunity

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