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

HRH Crown Prince Haakon will open the IPY-OSC 2010

kronprins-ing (Ingressbilde)

The Royal Court today confirmed that HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will be present at the conference opening ceremony, the morning of the 8th of June. The Crown Prince has been actively and eagerly involved in the International Polar Year.

From the outset, the Crown Prince took on the role of patron for the Norwegian IPY-programme. His fellow Scandinavian heirs took on similar patronage, Crown Princess Victoria in Sweden and Crown Prince Fredrik in Demark. There is a longstanding tradition of Royal patronage, which serves to raise public awareness of an organisation or a specific event that supports a worthy cause.

The patronage of His Royal Highness has been a valuable door-opener for IPY. The Crown Prince inaugurated the Norwegian programme together with the Prime Minister on 1st March 2010 in a huge event on the Oslo Town Hall Square. On various other occasions, throughout the IPY, Crown Prince Haakon has been involved in Polar Year activities.

Discussing the latest data. Oden, June 2008.Photo: Veronika Melå
Discussing the latest data. Oden, June 2008.
Crown Prince Haakon has, whenever speaking about IPY, proved to be an eager proponent of polar and climate science. In June 2008, he and his fellow Scandinavian heirs of throne went on a five-day expedition in the waters off the coast of the Svalbard archipelago, onboard the Swedish ice-breaker Oden. They also visited the research stations in Ny-Ålesund. In the summer of 2009, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark invited the heirs on a complementary tour to Greenland. Their visit focused on climate change in Greenland and the consequences for people living there. Their joint and individual involvement have been a valuable contribution to the public awareness about the International Polar Year in the Nordic countries.

Both activities were closely followed by the media. Far from their ordinary royal duties, the three heirs had lengthy discussions about climate change with prominent polar researchers. The three shared their experiences from their arctic travels in the book "Royal Polar Expedition", published last year.

In his chapter, Crown Prince Haakon expresses his concern and encourages leaders not to wait: "It's all about calculating risks, and finding solutions based on the knowledge we already have," he writes.

He urges to search for solutions, not only across

boundaries, but also across disciplines, political points of view and opinions.  "It's not about finding the absolute truth. The climate system is far too complex for that."

Crown Prince Haakon is born on 20 July 1973. He is the son of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, and heir to the Norwegian throne. Crown Prince Haakon married Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in 2001. They have two children: Princess Ingrid Alexandra  and Prince Sverre Magnus.

Last updated: 09.04.2010