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

9th June Keynote: Katherine Richardson

Richardson (Ingressbilde)

In the morning plenary session on Wednesday the 9th participants will hear Professor and Vice Dean Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her theme is: "Jokers in the pack: Global repercussions of change in Polar Regions".

"I was trained as a scientist never to sit down with politicians - to throw your results down and run away, and not to get your hands dirty. But there's general acceptance now among really good scientists that this problem is so serious that we need to work together. And that gives me hope."

Katherine Richardson

All keynote speakers are now in place and will be presented on the website over the next days.


Katherine Richardson is Professor in Biological Oceanography and Vice Dean at the University of Copenhagen. She was one of the main organisers of the scientific conference "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions", which sought to inform the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15).

Richardson is widely recognised as a speaker and frequently invited to give lectures on her research for scientific and non-scientific gatherings, more than 50 per year in recent years. Non-scientific audiences range from school children to political fora and formal gatherings. Highlights in 2009 include speaking at a high level briefing at the UN, a Globe International Meeting in the Senate in Rome and at a briefing of Members of the EU Parliament.

The overall focus of her research is the identification and quantification of factors influencing the flow of energy and material (especially carbon and nitrogen) in pelagic ecosystems. Most of her research has been on marine plankton (primarily phytoplankton). However, she has also studied higher trophic levels such as fish (both larvae and adults) and even harbour porpoises.

Her research includes climatic control of marine ecological processes, including predicting the influence of climate change on aquatic productivity, quantifying the role of biological processes in ocean uptake of atmospheric CO2 .

Richardson has participated in more than 60 research cruises, starting in 1975. Since 1983, she has participated (often as chief scientist) in cruises aboard the Danish Fisheries Research Vessel, Dana.

In 2006-2007, she led the largest project on a around-the-world-cruise, onboard Galathea3, with participation of researchers from four Danish research institutes aiming to develop a global picture of carbon flow in surface waters of the ocean, as well at CO2 exchange between the ocean and the atmosphere. Until the Galathea3 cruise, most of her research has been carried out in the North Sea, Skagerak, Kattegat, North Atlantic and Greenland Seas

Richardson is American, born in 1954, married and resident in Denmark. She holds a Ph.D. (1980) from University of North Wales, U.K. She wrote her thesis on: "The Role of Dissolved Organic Material in the Nutrition and Survival of Marine Dinoflagellates". She entered her career in Denmark as a Biologist at the Danish Institute for Fisheries and Marine Research. She moved on to become Head of department and later Research Director of Department of Marine and Coastal Ecology, Danish Institute for Fisheries Research. From 1998 she became Professor in Biological Oceanography, and later Pro-rector, at Aarhus University. Richardson took up her current employment in Copenhagen in 2007.

Her list of publications includes more than 70 publications in or submitted to refereed international journals and books - and over 50 non-reviewed publications.

Read more about the conference Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions

Read more about the Galathea3-cruise

Last updated: 14.04.2010