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

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