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, October 27, 2010

Caribou in the News end of October 2010

First Nations people, scientists meet to save caribou
Winnipeg Free Press
The North American Caribou Workshop has registered 400 environmentalists, aboriginal leaders, government regulators and scientists, twice as many as ...
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Consultations taking place on George River Caribou
St. John's Telegram
Consultations are taking place in Labrador today and Wednesday on the management of the George River caribou herd. Preliminary census results, from a ...
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Board approves hunt for Nelchina caribou
Anchorage Daily News
AP The Alaska Board of Game has decided to proceed with a community harvest of the Nelchina herd, the state's most sought after caribou. ...
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Bathurst caribou plan to help preserve herd
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Webinar: Benthics in Antarctica

Join us for upcoming real-time events with PolarTREC teacher, Tina
Sander, and scientists looking at the benthic, or seafloor dwelling
organisms, in Antarctica! Participants will learn more about the unique
ecology of the sea floor and how scientists are studying this unique

These events are hosted through the PolarTREC PolarConnect (formerly
Live from IPY!) program, and participants will have a chance to learn
from the scientists, ask questions, and chat with others during the

Wednesday, 20 October 2010
10:00 AM ADT (11:00 AM PDT, 12:00 PM MDT, 1:00 PM CDT, 2:00 PM EDT)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010
3:30 PM ADT (4:30 PM PDT, 5:30 PM MDT, 6:30 PM CDT, 7:30 PM EDT)

Friday, 3 December 2010
9:00 AM ADT (10:00 AM PDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 1:00 PM EDT)

Registration: To register for any of these free events and to receive
instructions on how to join, go to:

For more information about the science that Ms. Sander is involved in,
please read her journals at:

Webinar: Measuring Melts & Metals : Implications for Marine Ecosystems

Announcing the next webinar in the COSEE-OS "ROLE Model" webinar series:
Measuring Melts & Metals : Implications for Marine Ecosystems

WHEN: October 20 at 7PM Eastern [3PM Alaska, 4PM Pacific, 5PM Mountain, 6PM

Register here:<> ]

Or contact,;

Featuring : Dr. Ben Twining (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) and
Annette deCharon (COSEE-Ocean Systems)

Think melting icebergs only affect sea level or ocean salinity? Dr. Twining
will discuss his recent research in the Arctic focusing on the role of
icebergs in the ocean's nutrient cycles and carbon uptake as they act as a
source of chemicals (such as iron) that enrich the biological communities
around them - with potential global-scale implications. Using a suite of
technologies (including remotely operated vehicles and planes) Dr. Twining
has been collecting data to reveal what's going on in the ocean - even under
the surface of the ice. The second portion of the presentation will feature
COSEE-OS director Annette deCharon describing different concept mapping
activities that encourage team building, reflection on personal and career
pathways, and exploring diverse individual perspectives.

About the webinars:

What do the carbon cycle, ocean technologies, aerosols, coastal pollutants
and climate change models have in common? You can learn about all of them
from world-class researchers -- and get customizable versions of these
scientists' interactive concept maps -- from the comfort of your living
room! Free and easy to attend, ROLE Model webinars offer direct access to
scientists as well as take-home resources that can be used immediately. All
you'll need in order to participate are a telephone and an Internet

Webinars are held every other Wednesday at 7PM ET/4PM PT. Registering allows
you to contribute your own questions for scientists to answer during the

Monday, August 30, 2010

More events

Hello again,
Forgot to include the Canada Science Policy Conference and the web page for the Northern Contaminants Program Results Workshop has just been posted,

Canadian Science Policy Conference
October 20-22, Montréal, Québec
·        Increasing the productivity of Canada’s economy using science and technology
·        Global perspectives on science and technology
·        Creating and retaining scientific talent in Canada
·        A glance at bioscience in Canada
·        Major issues in Canadian science policy

Northern Contaminants Program Results Workshop
The aim of the NCP Results Workshop is to evaluate the state of knowledge and the status of work conducted under the NCP for the year 2009/2010. Presentations, posters and panel discussions will revolve around contaminant-related themes and will focus this year on issues related to mercury and its significance to Northerners. The workshop will also provide an excellent opportunity to develop NCP proposal ideas prior to the NCP Call for Proposals in November 2010. It will encourage program participants to network, discuss their results, and co-ordinate future work.

Bob Van Dijken
Yukon IPY Coordination Office

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

International Polar Year 2012 Conference

International Polar Year 2012 Conference: "International Polar Year 2012 Conference Canada is hosting the final wrap-up conference for International Polar Year . On December 9, 2009 the Government of Canada announced that the International Polar Year “From Knowledge to Action” Conference will be hosted in Montreal, Quebec, April 22-27, 2012. The Conference will be chaired by Dr. Peter Harrison, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Director of the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and co-chaired by Dr. Karl Erb, Director of the United States National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs. It is expected that the Conference will attract science, policy and political delegates from around the world to present scientific research findings and to consider the policy implications of their work. The Canadian IPY Program Office is leading the planning and coordination of the IPY 2012 Conference, in partnership with the National Research Council.

Upcoming science meeting, workshops and conferences that may be of interest

-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Van Dijken []
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 4:00 PM
Subject: Upcoming science meeting, workshops and conferences that may be of interest

Hello everyone,
Hope you had a good summer with the right mix of work and play.  Just wanted to send out a list of various science related gatherings that may be of interest in the next four months.

6th Canadian Conference on Permafrost
Sept. 12 – 16, Calgary, Alberta
The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS), the Calgary Section of the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the Canadian National Committee of the International Permafrost Association (CNC-IPA) invite you to the 63rd Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 6th Canadian Permafrost Conference.
American Association for the Advancement of Science Arctic Division AAAS
Sept 13 – 16, Anchorage, Alaska
This year’s theme:  Water: Integrating Health, Habitat and Economy
Increasingly rapid global change now presents Alaska with emerging challenges. Many of these lie at the interface of water and society as an ever crowded world grapples with balancing quality, supply and demand. Water is life and our approaches to its management, conservation and utilization will determine the survival and well-being of billions of people, both today and for the foreseeable future. How do we develop the North such that it is resilient and responsive? Please join us as we seek a better understanding of the issues that surround water ranging from food security to its role in health and sustaining our economy.

Northern Contaminants Program Results Workshop
Sept. 28 – 30 Whitehorse
On behalf of the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) Management Committee, I am pleased to announce the 18th Annual NCP Results Workshop to be held September 28 - 30, 2010 at: 
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

The aim of the NCP Results Workshop is to evaluate the state of knowledge and the status of work conducted under the NCP for the year 2009/2010 and to plan for future activities. Presentations, posters and panel discussions will revolve around contaminant-related themes. A special session on mercury will be one of the key themes for the workshop this year which will likely cover a wide range of activities including research, monitoring, human health, risk assessment, education, communications and the process for dissemination of results to communities. 

Workshop registration will be available via the NCP website in the coming weeks.

Please mark your calendars now for this exciting workshop.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact one of the following people:

Workshop Logistics: Natasha Chartres /
819 994-7455 or Manon Bédard / 819-994-7451, or Pat Roach / 867-667-3283
Workshop Program : Simon Smith  / 819-997-9448 or Jason Stow / 418 614-2374

Alaska Quicksilver Summit (mercury)
Oct. 27 – 28, Anchorage, Alaska
Interesting in mercury? Like to eat fish? Wondering about mercury sources in Alaska? If so, join us at the Alaska Quicksilver Summit, October 27th-28th at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood. Facilitated discussions planned about sources, methylation, bioavailability, measurement methods, current projects and activities to reduce mercury and minimize its effects.

Understanding Circumpolar Ecosystems in a Changing World:  Outcomes of the International Polar Year
Nov 3 – 6, Edmonton, Alberta
Northern ecosystems are increasingly becoming a high-profile topic on the political agenda. Most of the circumpolar regions are seen as pristine landscapes, which have experienced radical changes in climate, vegetation, and animals. Air temperature rises during the last 30 years have been associated with warming and disappearing permafrost, changes in growth rates of dominant trees, natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and changes in vertebrate populations. The causal links among these changes and their implications for the functioning of the circumpolar region and the people who live there are not completely understood. To understand the current and future structure, diversity, and functioning of the circumpolar region, it is important to understand how climate and disturbance interact and the implications of these interactions for ecological, economic, and cultural sustainability of the circumpolar region. The conference will include sessions on these and related topics in terrestrial environments (not oceans).

Arctic Wildlife Observatories Linking Vulnerable EcoSystems (WOLVES)
Nov. 18 – 20, Laval, Quebec
ArcticWOLVES (Arctic Wildlife Observatories Linking Vulnerable EcoSystems) is an International Polar Year project studying the tundra ecosystem. Its major aims are to improve our understanding of the tundra food web and associated ecosystem processes, assess current impacts of climate change on wildlife, and predict future ones through modelling. The project involves a coordinated effort by an international group of researchers at several field sites across the circumpolar regions of Canada, Norway, Russia and Greenland.
The final meeting of the project will be an opportunity for all our researchers, graduate students and collaborators to present their final results and to synthesize the overall achievements of the project. It will also provide a forum to discuss our results with our partners and with decision-makers. Attendance to the meeting is opened to anybody having an interest in tundra ecosystems.

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
Dec. 13-17, San Francisco, California
The Fall Meeting provides an opportunity for researchers, teachers, students, and consultants to present and review the latest issues affecting the Earth, the planets, and their own environments in space.  This meeting will cover topics in all areas of Earth and space sciences.

Dec. 14 – 17, Ottawa, Ont.
As the largest annual Arctic research gathering held in Canada, the ArcticNet annual meeting is the ideal venue to present results from all fields of Arctic research and stimulate networking and partnership activities.
Building on the success of previous ASMs, the 2010 meeting welcomes researchers, students, policy makers and stakeholders to address the global challenges and opportunities brought by climate change and modernization in the Arctic.

Bob Van Dijken
Yukon IPY Coordination Office
Council of Yukon First Nations
2166 - 2nd Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 4P1
telephone: (867) 393-9237
fax: (867) 668-6577

Get your copy! Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach

We are sending out copies of the Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach.  This book was produced by the International Education and Outreach Sub-Committee for International Polar Year.  The book comprises background information on the various areas of polar science, as well as the history of IPY.  There are tips and tricks for researchers on how to make presentations.  Various education and outreach projects undertaken around the world as part of IPY are also showcased, and there is a section on capacity-building.

You can receive a free copy if you email us (our website:

Elizabeth (Erzebet) Glasbergen
International Polar Year Program Office
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Telephone: 819-934-1974
Fax: 819-934-0584

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Feedback Needed - Animated Graphics about Polar Research

Feedback Needed - Animated Graphics about Polar Research Hello to Everybody, In December 2009 we started a little outreach project under the direction of Dave Carlson, which intends to make research outcomes more available and transparent for the general public (see the attached short description). In the content of this project we are especially interested in how to present scientific results to children and students in order to raise their awareness and to get them interested in nature. To get more information about the needs and interests of students, teachers and schools we provided an ‘IPY Questionnaire for Teachers’, which should serve to collect this, information. As your knowledge from the IPY Teachers group is very important for us, we would really appreciate it, if some of you could find the time and fill this questionnaire online at out until the 11th of May, and/or maybe forward it also to your colleagues! Thank you very much for your cooperation Inga May

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Researcher seeks input on IPY Education

As a current recipient of a Northern Resident Award, from the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS), As a Bachelor of Education student, I am interested in learning about how the recent International Polar events and activities served students and educators, as well as what IPY education outreach resources have been used and by whom during and after the International Polar Year. The IPY was a terrific example of grassroots education outreach and serves as a model for how educational possibilities may evolve from great ideas and hard work. I am interested in learning more about the legacy of the IPY as it pertains to northern classrooms and the ability for students and educators to source educational materials and network opportunities with researchers, scientists and other classrooms.

With your support, my research I will investigate participation in the International Polar Year events/activities as well as what IPY education outreach resources have been used and by whom during and after the International Polar Year.

My survey may be accessed through the following link:

Thanks again,

Ginny Coyne

21 Tutshi Rd,

Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 3R4 Canada

landline: 867.668.6668, mobile: 867.334.3666 alternate email address:

Friday, February 5, 2010

PolarPals: apologies for spam

I'm puzzled at the spam coming through this blog/list...never had this happen before in years of using the and combo.
Sorry! working on a fix.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

IPY Education Report

Subject: [EOC-development:0] Digest for - 1 Message in 1 Topic



IPY Programme Office <> Feb 02 10:48AM ^

This report can also be viewed online at:
IPY Report: February 2010
Oslo Science Conference
2) Teacher's workshop in Oslo
3) Polar Week - 15 to 19 March 2010
4) APECS Update
Report no. 34, February 2010
From: IPY International Programme Office
To: IPY Project Coordinators
cc: IPY Community Google Groups
1) Oslo Science Conference
The IPY Oslo Science Conference attracted more than 2500 abstracts, with strong interest in all six Themes. Now the conveners and the Theme committees, supported by the Conference Secretariat and Steering Committee, work to develop a detailed programme and to respond as quickly as possible to everyone who submitted an abstract. Approximately 25% of the abstracts came from early career scientists. In that surprising and very positive response we can detect the energy and effectiveness of the APECS networks (see item 4, below), and we can anticipate a vibrant influence on the entire Conference. If the number and breadth of abstracts represents a very strong step towards the first IPY goal (to "make major advances in polar knowledge and understanding"), then the wide international interest from early career scientists represents an exciting indicator of success on the third IPY goal (to "inspire a new generation of polar scientists and engineers").
The Conference venue has abundant space for side meetings and for business meetings of the various polar organisations, generally at no extra cost but available only on a first-requested, first-served basis. Please make your needs and plans known as soon as possible, to: (Mr. Asgeir Knudsen).
2) Teacher's workshop in Oslo
The IPY Oslo Science Conference also attracted more than 200 applications for a Polar Teachers Conference organized for the weekend before the Science Conference. These teachers will develop and share ideas and skills to meet their goal of "learning how to use polar science in your classroom". The enthusiastic international interest in the Teachers Conference represents an encouraging contribution to the fourth IPY goal (to "elicit keen interest and participation from polar residents, schoolchildren, the general public and decision-makers worldwide").
3) Polar Week - 15 to 19 March 2010
The final Polar Week, of this IPY and from this IPO, will occur in mid March. As a reminder, a Polar Week simply represents a collection of Polar Day activities that have grown too large, too exuberant, and too widespread to fit within the confines of one 24 hour period. For this Polar Week, we continue the theme 'What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All' with lectures, classroom activities, and virtual balloon launches. We also use this Polar Week to highlight materials from the new book 'Polar Science and Global Climate, An International Resource for Education and Outreach' and to promote the science and education and outreach activities of the Oslo Science Conference. For more information, contact: Nicola Munro (
4) APECS Update
The biggest news this month was the incredible response we received for the IPY Oslo Science Conference Stipend Programme - over 850 applicants! This will keep us busy for a while, but shows the high level of enthusiasm and excitement for polar research in the younger generation of researchers. We would like to encourage all IPY National Programmes to consider contributing to the travel support of their young researchers.
In other APECS news,
. In early December 2009, the IPY International Early Career Researcher Symposium was held in Victoria, BC, Canada and attracted more than 75 participants and 20 mentors from 14 different countries.
. Another successful APECS Mentor Panel was held at the AGU in December and several others are planned in the coming months, including at the International Glaciological Conference "Ice and Climate Change: a View from the South" in Valdivia, Chile.
. The APECS Antarctic Field School was held in January with 15 students and lecturers.
. The APECS Virtual Poster Session attracted a large number of new contributions during the last month and plans are underway for a first Virtual Poster Session call in early February.
. There are also activities going on in the National Committees of APECS.
o On January 20 APECS Sweden organized a career day at Stockholm University.
o APECS is also happy to announce the establishment of our newest national committee, APECS Polska. For more information on these activities and more, visit
Thanks to grants from the Research Council of Norway (RCN) through collaborations with the University of Tromsø (UiT) and the Norwegian Polar Institute (NP) as well as the Tromsø Kommune's RDA programme to support the development of a permanent sustainable funding plan for APECS, the APECS Directorate is able to continue operations in 2010 and 2011. This is great news for our organization and we wish to thank the funders for their support and for helping us shape the future of polar research!


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Polar Week in March, and Canadian Geographic IPY issue

7. The last in a series of polar days and polar weeks will take place from March 15 to 19. Coordinated by the International Program Office, the theme for the week is  What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All.
“March Polar Week will be an opportunity for researchers, educators, early career scientists, and students from across the globe to celebrate the partnerships, outreach, and scientific outcomes IPY has enabled regionally, nationally and internationally. It will also provide the IPY community with a chance to generate excitement as they prepare for the IPY Oslo Science Conference June 8-12, 2010.”  More information on Polar Week will become available as we get closer to the event at:

8. Canadian Geographic: Special Arctic International Polar Year (IPY) Issue - January/February 2010  "The January/Febr uary 2010 issue of Canadian Geographic contains a polarpalooza of stories, ranging from an intimate portrayal of life at the Yukon's Kluane Lake Research Station to a profile of a student geographer from Labrador on exchange in Norway. We shine a spotlight on the largest ever Inuit health survey and the mysterious disappearance of mercury from the atmosphere when the Arctic sun rises. It's all part of our crucial quest to understand the North".

Monday, January 25, 2010


Dear Friend, 

My name is Mrs. Helen Enrique, female, working with Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations (GSPN). UNITED STATE WASHINGTON DC, We are organizing a global World Conference, Global Peace Index (GPI). Taking place from 8th to 12th March 2010 at Washington DC, In the United States and in Dakar Senegal from 15th to 19th March 2010, In our request to invite people from various countries around the world, I went in search of your e-mails on the web site as a means of contacting people and organizations As a result, I picked your email from an N.G.O`s website. 

If you are interested to participate and want to represent your country or organization, you may contact the secretariat of the organizing committee for details and information's. You should also inform them that you were invited to participate by friend of yours (Mrs. Helen Enrique) who is a member of the American Youths 4Peace and a staff of Global Symposium of Peaceful Nations. 

I believe that we may have the opportunity to meet if you may be willing to participate in this event. The benevolent donors from across the global and the Organizing Committee will provide round Trip air tickets and accommodation for the period of participants, Stay in the U.S., to all registered participants. If you are a holder of passport that may require visa to enter the United States, you may inform the conference secretariat at the time of registration, as the Organizing committee is responsible for all visas arrangements and travel assistance.


You may get back to me with my email address below.

Mrs. Helen Enrique

Thursday, January 21, 2010

RE: [polarpals] EXTENDED DEADLINE - Oslo Science Conference - 25 JANUARY 2010

Karen, any list member can post to the list, so why not craft your message yourself? Simply email to .


This goes for any other message you’d like to send to the list. It won’t appear on the blog page, however, though I could set you up for this too….OR simply email your message to and it will go to the blog and the polarpals list.




-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Edwards []
Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:14 PM
To: Remy.Rodden
Subject: Re: [polarpals] EXTENDED DEADLINE - Oslo Science Conference -
25 JANUARY 2010




Wondering if you can help me with something using Polar Pals.We are looking through the currently registered abstracts with the OSC and I would like to track which Canadians have submitted already and I can compare it with the list I have seen today. Just want to make sure none of the Canadian submissions get lost.


Let me know if you'd like me to write a message for the group.




Karen Edwards

IPY International Program Office

OSC teachers' conference committee


Tel: +1-780-424-6517






On 21-Jan-10, at 11:50 AM, <> <> wrote:


EXTENDED DEADLINE - Oslo Science Conference - 25 JANUARY 2010



8-12 June 2010 | Oslo, Norway




Submit abstracts now at:


To enable inclusion of as much IPY and related polar data in the final

program, late submissions will continue to be accepted until Monday 25

January. We would be grateful if you could pass this information to

interested colleagues, students and polar networks.


From: Volker Rachold <>

Date: January 21, 2010 4:11:45 AM PST

To: Volker Rachold <>

Cc: No-Reply <>

Subject: IPY Oslo Conference


Abstract deadline for IPY Oslo Science Conference extended till 25th January: More than 2200 abstracts submitted on deadline

Published: 21.01.2010

The IPY Oslo Science Conference will be the biggest polar science meeting ever. The steering committee, meeting in Oslo today, already feel that we are a long way towards a great success. To cater for some groups the committee has decided to accept abstracts submitted up untill the 25th January.

- We have sufficient content to prepare a very attractive program, says Dr Olav Orheim, chair of the steering committee. - The turnout is impressive from most disciplines. Al together 850 has applied for the early career stipends. The committee has devoted a lot of attention to the scientists recruited to polar science through IPY, so this turnout is a remarkable achievement.

The IPY Oslo Science Conference is already twice as large as the last, and up untill then largest, global polar science meeting in terms of submissions.

- The brief extension of the deadline is for the courtesy of some of our partners. The submission system has in general been smooth. But in particular some scientists, that have just now returned from Antarctica, need some extra lead time, Dr Orheim says.

While leaving the call for abstracts open for a few days, the steering committee has decided that stipend application option is closed by the original deadline.

The submitted abstracts are quite well distributed amongst the 6 conference themes and in general between the various sessions:

·         420 abstracts submitted for Theme 1. Linkages between Polar Regions and global systems

·         560 abstracts submitted for Theme 2. Past, present and future changes in Polar Regions

·         440 abstracts submitted for Theme 3. Polar ecosystems and biodiversity

·         270 abstracts submitted for Theme 4. Human dimensions of change: Health, society and resources

·         240 abstracts submitted for Theme 5. New frontiers, data practices and directions in polar research

·         220 abstracts submitted for Theme 6. Polar science education, outreach and communication

The IPY Oslo Science Conference has so far received abstracts from 58 nations. This largely overlaps with the 60 nations that participated in the International Polar Year.

- Conveners are now urged to continue to actively promote their sessions, especially those with relatively low turnout. Some regions of the world are underrepresented. This includes parts of Asia/Pacific and South-America. We will use the extension period to encourage participation from those regions, Dr Orheim says.

Submit your abstract here.




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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum, February 5th, 2010, Fort Whyte Alive outdoor education center in Winnipeg

Organized in partnership with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Fort Whyte Alive, Climate Change Connections, the Canadian Forces,  ‘Schools on Board’ and Kelvin High School will co-host the third Arctic Climate Change Youth Forum, in conjunction with the IPY-CFL Gala event planned as the opening night of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival. Registration for this event is limited to 250 students and teachers.

FW: reminder: International Polar Year travel support deadlines coming soon

Deadline  for the submission of abstracts for the Oslo IPY science conference and PolarTEACHERS workshop to be held from June 6th to 12th. There is travel support available from the conference organizers as well as the Federal Program Office. The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 20th.  Details on the science conference are available at


We invite you to an International PolarTEACHERS conference in Oslo, Norway, on June 6-12, 2010. The conference is part of and will be held in conjunction with the IPY Oslo Science Conference.


Conference theme: "How to use polar science in your classroom"

The International Polar Year (IPY), from March 2007 to March 2009, was a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic.

IPY involved thousands of scientists from more than 60 nations in a wide range of physical, biological and social research. The IPY Oslo Science Conference (IPY-OSC 2010) will be the first major meeting of scientists to share results from IPY research. 

Education, outreach and communication (EOC) has been a central part of IPY and we would like to give teachers and other educators the opportunity to share their experiences. If you have not been involved in IPY, but want to use polar issues in your classroom, you are also welcome to participate.

If you are selected as a participant at the teacher conference you automatically become a participant at the science conference during the rest of the week. You are expected to attend both the teacher and science conferences. You need to arrive on June 5 and depart June 11 at the earliest.


When and where

The introductory part of the teacher conference will take place at The University of Oslo June 6 and June 7 2010. The science conference lasts from June 8 until June 12.

Teachers will attend the science conference and meet regularly during the week to share their experiences and ideas.


Who can participate?

Teachers and educators worldwide including pre-service teachers


How to register?

To participate in the PolarTEACHERS conference you need to register and apply. There are two ways to be selected:

Present a paper to one of the Theme 6 parallel session in the IPY-OSC  2010 by submitting an abstract on a project or activity that you were involved in during IPY.

Write an application describing how you plan to use polar science in your classroom.


Selection of participants

Criteria for selection:

Quality of the abstract for EOC session or the implementation plan for use of polar science in an educational setting

Quality of application

Geographic distribution of participants

Different educator categories

If you are not selected for the conference, you can still participate at the IPY-OSC 2010. You will then have to pay full registration fee and accommodation costs.


Conditions for selected participants

Reduced registration fee of 230 EURO (full registration fee is 460 EURO)

This fee covers accommodation from Saturday June 5 until Saturday June 12. The fee also covers two dinners as well as breakfast and lunch from Sunday to Saturday. Participants will also receive a copy of the new IPY resource book, Polar Science and Global Climate.

NOTE! You must be willing to share rooms with 1 to 3 persons. It will not be possible to pay extra for single rooms. If you want another accommodation you must organize and pay for it yourself.

Travel support to teachers from outside Europe

Maximum number of participants to be selected: 120                                     



Abstract submission deadline                  January 20, 2010

Acceptance of abstracts/applications           February 15, 2010

Acceptance from selected participants       February 25, 2010  

Registration deadline for the conference    March 8, 2010

Learn more about the PolarTEACHERS programme


The Canadian IPY Program Office will be offering partial support to a number of Canadian teachers chosen to attend the PolarTEACHERS workshop as part of the Oslo Science Conference June 8-12.  The funds will help assist with defraying the travel costs for teachers.  6 Northern teachers will be eligible to receive up to $2500 and 5 teachers in southern Canada may receive up to $1000. This is in addition to the travel stipend being offered by the workshop organizers.


Interested teachers should apply to the PolarTEACHERS workshop.  The deadline for application is January 20, 2010.  Once accepted, please contact me at Canadian IPY Program Office.  Contact information below.  The funding support will be available to reimburse teachers based on receipts for expenses incurred, including airfare.


Please contact me if you’d like further information on either of these two opportunities.



Bob Van Dijken

Yukon IPY Coordination Office

Council of Yukon First Nations

2166 - 2nd Avenue

Whitehorse, Yukon

Y1A 4P1

telephone: (867) 393-9237

fax: (867) 668-6577


FW: IPY items of interest

From: Bob Van Dijken []
Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:13 PM
Cc: Sarah Kalhok; Barrie Ford; Mero, Alana; Shirley, Jamal
Subject: IPY items of interest


1.       As part of the federal IPY training, communications and outreach initiative, Global Television was funded to put together a number of one minute vignettes on Canadian IPY projects.  Some of you may have seen these aired from time to time last year.  These vignettes are now available to be viewed online at:


2.       The January/February 2010 issue of Canadian Geographic is now available.  It is a special Arctic IPY issue that contains a number of articles about IPY research in the North, including “an intimate portrayal of life at the Yukon’s Kluane Lake Research Station”. The Canadian Geographic website: has extended web content on IPY including photo essays, videos and interactive features. 


3.       The Royal Canadian Geographic Society has unveiled an IPY section to its online Canadian atlas.”To discover the breadth of the IPY scientific research and enquiry, Canadian Geographic has created an interactive map that locates, describes and illustrates more than 50 IPY projects across Canada’s North, with topics ranging from sea ice to permafrost, arctic char to polar bears, and ancient civilizations to contemporary Inuit health.” You can view the map at


4.       The last in a series of polar days and polar weeks will take place from March 15 to 19. Coordinated by the International Program Office, the theme for the week is  What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All.  “March Polar Week will be an opportunity for researchers, educators, early career scientists, and students from across the globe to celebrate the partnerships, outreach, and scientific outcomes IPY has enabled regionally, nationally and internationally. It will also provide the IPY community with a chance to generate excitement as they prepare for the IPY Oslo Science Conference June 8-12, 2010.”  More information on Polar Week will become available as we get closer to the event at:


5.       Canada's Arctic researchers call for polar policy

By John Bowman, CBC News

Canada needs a national polar policy and better research co-ordination to effectively monitor the changing northern climate, says a Canadian Arctic researcher.

John England of the University of Alberta, writing in the journal Nature this week, said Canadian scientists are finding it more difficult to get to remote Arctic regions to conduct their research.


"The capacity to support researchers in remote field sites has plummeted, making it difficult for Canadian researchers to continue crucial monitoring of the fast-changing Arctic environment, from receding glaciers to disappearing polar bear habitat," wrote England.


Compounding the problem, said England, is the fact that funding for travel and support from the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) isn't tied to research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).


"The PCSP allocates its logistical resources separately from, and often in contradiction to, the resource needs of peer-reviewed NSERC grants. This lack of co-ordination threatens long-established monitoring programmes," said England.


PCSP also oversees safety for researchers in remote camps.


"If a severe storm destroys tents, or a camp is threatened by a polar bear, the PCSP comes to the rescue," said England.


Lack of co-ordination a problem

Steven Bigras, executive director of the Canadian Polar Commission, agrees that the lack of co-ordination is a problem.


"[England] says there's a bit of a disconnect there between NSERC funding the research and then you have to follow up with Continental Shelf to ensure you have the logistical support to get to the field stations. If one says 'yes' and the other one says 'no,' it really doesn't help the overall effort," said Bigras.

As well, England said budget cuts and increasing fuels costs "have rapidly eroded the PCSP's ability to fulfil its mission."


England praises Canada for funding Arctic research in the amount of $156 million during the International Polar Year from 2007 to 2009, but said that the future of research after that funding runs out "does not look as bright."


"We've had two wonderful years of well-funded research in the Arctic," said Bigras. "This sudden splurge of research going on, and all these young people getting interested in the research."


England wrote that the increasing costs have put Arctic research out of the reach of many Canadian researchers, "many of whom now talk openly about shifting their research attentions to something that can be studied farther south."


England said that part of the solution lies in creating a national polar policy, " which would commit Canada to clear objectives and better co-ordinate research activities."


"If you have a policy, you have priorities and you fund those priorities," said Bigras. "[Currently], we have a set of projects out there and they're all priorities during the International Polar Year, but what happens to them after that?"



Bob Van Dijken

Yukon IPY Coordination Office

Council of Yukon First Nations

2166 - 2nd Avenue

Whitehorse, Yukon

Y1A 4P1

telephone: (867) 393-9237

fax: (867) 668-6577