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, January 14, 2010

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


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