More than 2200 abstracts submitted on deadline
The IPY Oslo Science Conference will be the biggest polar science meeting ever. The steering committee members, meeting in Oslo today, already feel that it is a long way towards a great success. To cater for some groups the committee has decided to accept abstracts submitted up until the 25th January.
- We have sufficient content to prepare a very attractive program, says Dr Olav Orheim, chair of the steering committee. - The turnout is impressive from most disciplines. Altogether 850 persons have applied for the early career stipends. The committee has devoted a lot of attention to the scientists recruited to polar science through IPY, so this turnout is a remarkable achievement.
The IPY Oslo Science Conference is already twice as large as the last, and up to then largest, global polar science meeting in terms of submissions.
- The brief extension of the deadline is for the courtesy of some of our partners. The submission system has in general been smooth. But in particular some scientists, who have just now returned from Antarctica, need some extra time, Dr Orheim says.
While leaving the call for abstracts open for a few days, the steering committee has decided that the stipend application option is closed as by the original deadline.
The submitted abstracts are quite well distributed amongst the 6 conference themes and in general between the various sessions:
- 420 abstracts submitted for Theme 1. Linkages between Polar Regions and global systems
- 560 abstracts submitted for Theme 2. Past, present and future changes in Polar Regions
- 440 abstracts submitted for Theme 3. Polar ecosystems and biodiversity
- 270 abstracts submitted for Theme 4. Human dimensions of change: Health, society and resources
- 240 abstracts submitted for Theme 5. New frontiers, data practices and directions in polar research
- 220 abstracts submitted for Theme 6. Polar science education, outreach and communication
The IPY Oslo Science Conference has so far received abstracts from 58 nations. This largely overlaps with the 60 nations that participated in the International Polar Year.
- Conveners are now urged to continue actively to promote their sessions, especially those with relatively low turnout. Some regions of the world are under-represented. This includes parts of Asia/Pacific and South America. We will use the extension period to encourage participation from those regions, Dr Orheim says.
Last updated: 21.01.2010