1. The programme framework is ready
  2. Venue stood the test
  3. Committees ready to start working
  4. 1st Circular: Call for session proposals
  5. Oslo's new signature
  6. POLARCAT won the race for first proposal
  7. All programme proposals welcome
  8. IPY Open science in St.Petersburg
  9. Programme of 39 sessions
  10. Offer to registered participants: 30 percent discount on excursion to Svalbard
  11. IASC provides travel support to early career scientists
  12. 2nd Circular: Call for abstracts
  13. Time to get a booth at PolarEXPO!
  14. PolarCINEMA ready to receive polar films and TV-documentaries
  15. Steven Chown to be awarded the Martha T Muse Prize at IPY-OSC
  16. The IPY ‘From Knowledge to Action’ Conference to be held in Montreal in 2012
  17. Unique opportunity for science teachers
  18. A new precedent for the involvement of early career scientists
  19. Several opportunities to get travel support
  20. More than 2200 abstracts submitted on deadline
  21. Registration now open
  22. 400 stipends distributed to early career polar scientists
  23. Get your Letter of Invitation
  24. Invitations out for the PolarTEACHERS conference
  25. PolarCINEMA committee very satisfied with the turnout
  26. More than 2500 abstracts accepted
  27. RV Oceania to Oslo for IPY-OSC
  28. Institutions invited to indicate interest for the PolarFESTIVAL
  29. Poster guidelines
  30. Time slots allocated for sessions
  31. Book before 6th May: Glaciers and fjords - excursion to the scenic highlights of Western Norway
  32. Draft programme ready
  33. HRH Crown Prince Haakon will open the IPY-OSC 2010
  34. HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will attend the conference
  35. 9th June Keynote: Katherine Richardson
  36. 10th June Keynote: Ole Henrik Magga
  37. Tinker Foundation travel grants for Latin American participants
  38. 11th June Keynote: David Barber
  39. 12th June Keynote: Alexander Frolov
  40. 2200 have registered so far
  41. Make sure your media contacts are invited
  42. PolarEXCHANGE with Sue Nelson
  43. Patrick Webber awarded with the first IASC Medal
  44. Arctic sea ice cover heading towards another record low?
  45. Teachers and young scientists join forces in Oslo
  46. Making marfu and melting ice
  47. Preparing for tomorrows polar science
  48. Launch of the Polar Information Commons (PIC) Tuesday afternoon
  49. Cruising the Oslo Fjord for polar history
  50. Warm opening of a cool conference
  51. A territory of dialogue
  52. From policy to action
  53. Signing agreement for cooperation
  54. Rising sea levels on the agenda
  55. Prestigious prize for work in Antarctica
  56. Polar expedition to the FRAM Museum
  57. More cold and snowy winters to come
  58. Arctic and Antarctic partners sign agreement on polar education
  59. Medal for science and inspiring mentorship
  60. Science should incorporate indigenous knowledge
  61. A road movie on ice
  62. Data on ice loss in the Arctic Ocean can be misleading
  63. On the making of polar documentaries
  64. Encounters on Polar Street
  65. Morning plenary: Vladimir Kattsov
  66. International Polar Year officially closed
  67. Survey shows Norwegians believe in science
  68. 1st Circular out for IPY 2012 MONTRÉAL
  69. 2nd Circular out for IPY 2012 in Montreal
  70. Reminder: Call for abstracts
  71. One week left till Abstract Deadline
  72. Updating the IPY Publications Database for the IPY 2012 Conference in Montreal
  73. Time to register for the IPY 2012 conference

The programme framework is ready

DavidHik-ing (Ingressbilde)

The overarching science committee, chaired by Dr. David Hik, and the variuous subcommittees, has been working hard to get the list of sessions ready. More than a hundred proposals has been distilled into 6 themes and 34 sessions. The programme will continue to evolve and more information about the individual sessions will be added as we go.

The draft programme is now published on the web (se main menu above - "Programme"). You can also find the names of the members of the six committees ("Organisation" above). The spreadsheet with all themes/sessions and the schedule chart are available under "Downloads/Programme updates".

Timeframes and venues for each session is still to be decided. Depending on the volume of submissions for the individual sessions it is expected that some will extend through the whole IPY-OSC, while others may last for 1-2 days

In some cases the names of conveners are not listed. These are sessions where several proposals have been merged, and where the work of nominating conveners, and possibly refining session titles, has not been finalized.

For some of themes (4 and 6) you will find more details by following the link. The framing of and more information about each individual session will be published/updated as soon as we receive it from committees and conveners.

Chair of the IPY-OSC Steering Committee, Dr. Olav Orheim, expresses hope that most proponents will find their field covered within one or more sessions. - The committee met in Oslo in June and concluded that the venue is well suited to receive a large number of participants from the wider polar science community. Preparations is under way to make the IPY-OSC an attractive arena for publishing science as well as a memorable social gathering. There will be a call for abstracts in October, and I hope that this conference is already in next years calendar.

Dr. Orheim assures that any comments to improve the programme will be very much appreciated. - The Steering Committee and the Science Committees are sure that the programme will mature with the help of the community. The website will be updated with adjustments and more details about each session as we go, says Dr. Orheim.

The Steering Committee has given guiding criteria for the science sessions which have included:

  • Keep the number of sessions under each theme as low as possible.
  • Integrate and combine as much as possible into broad sessions. Single IPY projects should be avoided as sessions, and IPY project title or acronym should not be in session titles.
  • Session titles should be such that it should be readily apparent for the different IPY projects to where they should submit their contributions
  • In addition the Steering committee has requested that early career scientists are included as convenors

- We want to thank everyone that demontrated interest in the conference by proposing a session. A large number of proposals were received, and the six committees responsible for the five scientific themes and the EOC programme have worked very hard to sort through these to make a total programme that would fit the available space and time of the conference, says Dr. Orheim.

The steering committee on a guided tour at the IPY-OSC venue in Lillestrøm. Here by the entrance to the main hall.Photo: Kristen Ulstein
The steering committee on a guided tour at the IPY-OSC venue in Lillestrøm. Here by the entrance to the main hall.

It takes a lot of hard work to pull together the polar research community.Photo: Kristen Ulstein
It takes a lot of hard work to pull together the polar research community.

Contemplating the opportunities. The huge Expo-halls in Lilestrøm can provide maximum flexibility for the conference organisers.Photo: Kristen Ulstein
Contemplating the opportunities. The huge Expo-halls in Lilestrøm can provide maximum flexibility for the conference organisers.

Last updated: 12.08.2009