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 http://www.ipy-osc.no/
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
telephone: (867) 393-9237
fax: (867) 668-6577