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

Programme of 39 sessions

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An ambitious science programme will be offered to participants at the IPY Oslo Science Conference. - The Polar Regions are the origin of surprising findings that inspire unconventional thinking, says Dr. Mahlon Kennicutt. He is chairing one of the six conference themes `New frontiers, data practices and directions in polar research´.

- We will highlight the global impact of polar science, interdisciplinary and multinational initiatives in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as efforts to communicate science to the public, says Chair of the Steering Committee Dr. Olav Orheim.

The Steering Committee for IPY-OSC 2010 met on 17th September and approved the complete session programme for the IPY-OSC. This now consists of altogether 39 sessions. - The lengths of sessions can be anything from half a day to several days, and will depend upon number of approved submissions, says Dr. Orheim. He envisions up to 15 parallel sessions. 

- The committees have considered the breadth in disciplines, the diversity in participation in IPY, as well as the urgency of the research questions that has been addressed through IPY. We anticipate that the attention to the changes taking place in the Polar Regions, and the global impacts of those changes, will not diminish over the coming months. We therefore foresee a wide interest for particular aspects of climate change and, not least, the linkages between various phenomena, says Steering Committee Chair.

Around 120 conveners

A poster with the full programme of session can now be downloaded from the website. A 2nd Circular will come in couple weeks time. At the same time the website will be open for registrations and submissions. Deadline for abstract submissions is 20th January 2010.

Over the recent days invitations have gone out to the altogether 120 conveners and co-conveners for the 39 sessions included in the IPY-OSC programme. - All replies so far have been positive, says Dr Orheim. - The committees and the secretariat are now greatly looking forward to working with all of these dedicated persons.

- The sessions are based on proposals from the community. We are impressed by the hugh participation in the development of the programme and the interest in polar research that this reflects. We are now in the process of reporting back to all proponents.

Science that challenges current thinking

- The Polar Regions evoke a sense of discovery as locations of unexplored places and the origin of surprising findings that inspire unconventional thinking, says Dr. Mahlon Kennicutt, President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and member of the overarching science committee for the conference to "IASC PROGRESS".

Kennicutt is chairing one of the six conference themes `New frontiers, data practices and directions in polar research´, a theme, that according to its chair, highlights research at the frontiers of science.

- Polar research often cross-cuts disciplines catalyzing new scientific directions and challenges current thinking, says Kennicutt.

The IPY Oslo Science Conference will be the celebration of a period that represents an ambitious international collaboration in globally urgent science. IPY 2007-2008 attracted more than 50,000 participants from different backgrounds and disciplines, ranging from students to renowned scientists, from artists to politicians and from journalists to technicians. Through international partnerships the IPY set new standards for technical achievement, data access and visualization, recruitment of new polar researchers, and education and outreach.

Last updated: 09.11.2009