Conferences and Meetings

In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process - Connecting Local and Global, 24–26 November 2015, Rovaniemi, Finland

The “In the Spirit of the Rovaniemi Process – Connecting Local and Global” conference will take place in 24–26 November 2015 in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. With the theme "Connecting Local and Global" the conference in 2015 will continue the discussion on the latest developments in the Arctic with focus on both the global developments and their consequences on the local level, as well as the interaction of the global, regional and local levels in the Arctic. The conference will consist of keynote speeches by eminent political speakers and distinguished scholars as well as presentations highlighting latest scientific papers and good practices in the thematic sessions. Key questions include:

  • How the local perspective is, or should be, seen in global and international context in the Arctic?
  • Does Arctic international co-operation truly support sustainable development at the local level?
  • How do local perspectives and values translate to regional and global contexts?

The conference invites friends of the Arctic – decision-makers, scholars, artists, designers and students – to discuss the Arctic in global, regional and local perspectives in the spirit of the Rovaniemi Process.

Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), 12–18 March 2016, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

The University of Alaska Fairbanks invites you to share your scientific accomplishments and join in the spirit of collaboration toward improving the coordination of Arctic research. Hundreds of scientists and policymakers from around the world will be in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA for the largest Arctic gathering of its kind in 2016. Arctic Science Summit Week 2016 (ASSW) and the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) will take place in 12-18 March 2016 in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA.

About the Conference ASSW is an annual gathering of international scientists and policymakers who advance Arctic research. The conference promotes coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all fields of Arctic science. The Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) aims to build a common vision for sustained, long-term observations of the Arctic and serve as a forum for the planning and coordination of such measurements. The conference will include several workshops and side meetings, including the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials Meeting. Several ancillary events will also occur, including public lectures, field trips, and outreach and student events, including the Model Arctic Council.

About the Venue The conference will be held on the beautiful University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Fairbanks is a winter wonderland in March, with northern lights, winter recreation, and unique cultural experiences.

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Call for papers for the RGS-IBG PGF Mid-Term Conference
, 17–18 March 2016, Newcastle, United Kingdom

The organisers of the annual RGS-IBG PGF Mid-Term Conference warmly invite submissions for the 2016 conference. The conference will take place at the Research Beehive at Newcastle University from 17-18 of March 2016.

The organisers invite postgraduate researchers from all areas of geography, however broadly defined or conceived, and at any stage of their research, to submit an abstract to present a paper or poster at the conference. The Mid-Term is a fantastic opportunity for all postgraduate students to present their current work and research to their peers in a friendly and supportive environment. Whether you’re a first time presenter, are looking for friendly feedback on early results or a draft paper, or want an opportunity to practice and enhance your presenting skills, this event aims to foster a relaxed and informal space to discuss your research amongst your postgraduate peers.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words along with four keywords, your full name and university, and your intention to present a poster or paper to by no later than Friday 27th November

There are a limited number of supported places available at the conference for those students who are self-funded and/or whose funding package does not include provision for conference fees. Please email the organisers either before or when you submit your abstract if you would like to be considered for this and we will provide further advice and information. Information on how to register will be announced in the coming weeks.

For updates follow @RGSmidterm2016 on Twitter. You can also sign up for Postgraduate Forum updates on their website.

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11th International Conference on Permafrost, 20–24 June 2016, Potsdam, Germany

The 11th International Conference on Permafrost (ICOP 2016) will be held in Potsdam, Germany, 20–24 June 2016. The conference aims at covering all relevant aspects of permafrost research, engineering and outreach on a global and regional level.

Session proposals should be submitted online until 1 April 2015.

The following themes denote the diversity of research to be presented at the conference, but are by no means restrictive:

  • Lowland permafrost
  • Mountain permafrost
  • Planetary permafrost
  • Subsea permafrost and gas hydrates
  • Periglacial geomorphology
  • Periglacial paleoenvironments
  • Permafrost and climate change
  • Permafrost in the water cycle
  • Ecology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, and gas fluxes
  • Natural hazards: assessment, adaptation, and mitigation
  • Foundation engineering and architecture
  • Infrastructure on permafrost
  • In-situ and remote observation techniques and programs
  • Modeling
  • Socioeconomic and cultural dynamics
  • History of permafrost engineering and research
  • Education and outreach

By 30 May 2015, a decision will be presented on the acceptance of submitted sessions. The decision will be based on the inherent scientific interest and quality of the session proposal, the potential to attract participants, the thematic overlap and number of available slots at the conference. 

The call for abstracts for the accepted sessions will open 1 August 2015 until 15 December 2015. After that date, depending on number of abstracts being submitted to each session, the LOC and the ISC may propose session joining or cancelling.


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