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

Offer to registered participants: 30 percent discount on excursion to Svalbard

hurtigruten ing (Ingressbilde)

Participants registered for IPY-OSC is now offered a cruise with the coast liner MS Fram to Svalbard, from 30th May until 7th June, with a 30 percent discount. This is an exciting and exclusive opportunity to experience the High Arctic, the beauty of the nature, the fascinating natural and human history, and the current scientific activities and plattforms.

MS Fram is the newest ship in the fleet of Norwegian coast liners belonging to the shipping company Hurtigruten. From 2007 MS Fram has brought thousands of international tourists to Antarctica and to Greenland. The ship is ice class 1B, has 318 beds and is 114 meters long.

Cruising the fjords of Spitsbergen.Photo: Hurtigruten
Cruising the fjords of Spitsbergen.
This cruise is branded "Climate Pilgrimage 2010". It is not exclusive for IPY-OSC participants, but registered participants for will be able to attend the cruise at a special discounted rate. A scientific program will be offered to passengers on board and in each port of call.

The cruise will depart from Tromsø, Norway. Participants can board on the 29th or 30th May. First port of call will be Honningsvåg (visit to North Cape) and then MS Fram will cross over to Bjørnøya (Bear island). This isolated island is the southernmost island of the Svalbard Archipelago and has been named "the largest concentration of sea birds on the Northern Hemisphere".

Hornsund, the next port of call, is the southernmost fjord in Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago. Hornsund have a long research history and the Polish Academy of Sciences have a field station situated here. In the Arctic spring participants can still expect ice to be found in the bottom of the fjord and should keep a sharp eye open in case the King of the Arctic, the polar bear is hunting, taking advantage of the ice platform they are so dependent upon. In Van Keulenfjord participants will observe the Finsterwald Glacier which has been closely measured by scientists since the nineteen fifties.

Ny-Ålesund - research village and company town 

Situated at 78º 55' N, Ny-Ålesund is one of the world's northermost year-round communities. Coal mining was the origin for settlement here, but mining was put to an end after a serious accident in 1962, leaving behind numerous cultural remains of technical and industrial importance.  Ny-Ålesund has also been the starting point of several historical attempts to reach the North Pole. Names like Amundsen, Ellsworth and Nobile are strongly linked to Ny-Ålesund.

Today, Ny Ålesund is an extremely important campus for scientists from leading institutes such as Alfred Wegener Institute and Norwegian Polar Institute. In 2005, a state of the art marine laboratory was opened to facilitate for the fieldwork of marine biologists and oceanographers - this is the most sophisticated marine laboratory in the world at this latitude. Kongsfjorden, in which Ny Ålesund is situated, can show a large glacier front and passengers will also explore several subsidiary arms.

Dependent on ice conditions the ship will make a try to cross the 80th parallel. On the way south the expedition will search for a fitting bay in Isfjorden where passengers can enjoy a last landing and then wrap up with festivities and Polar Barbeque on deck of MV Fram. The cruise will end in Longyearbyen.

The arrival in Longyearbyen on the 7th is timed to allow participants to fly to Oslo and arrive there in time for the icebreaker party.

Book your Climate Pilgrimage excursion with MS Fram here

Last updated: 02.03.2010