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

Preparing for tomorrows polar science

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There is a continued urgency to do polar science, not to do so will have a real global impact. That is why you are so important, Director of the International IPY Program Office, Dr. David Carlson said to the early career scientists and polar teachers on their first conference day.

Senior Communication Advisor IPY-OSC secretariat, Kristen UlsteinPhoto: Anita Thorolvsen Munch
Senior Communication Advisor IPY-OSC secretariat, Kristen Ulstein
- This is a bit of an emotional moment, Senior Communication Advisor at the IPY-OSC secretariat, Kristen Ulstein said, as he wished the audience welcome to their first day at the International PolarTEACHERS conference and APECS work shop.

Both the teachers and the early career scientists had gathered at the auditorium of Georg Sverdrups House at The University of Oslo, before moving on to separate workshops throughout the rest of the day.

- Seeing all of you pouring in at the Research Council yesterday, a year and a half after our initial meeting in February 2009, in Geneva, was a great feeling.

- We got here. This is it! Ulstein said, before introducing Director of the International IPY Program Office, Dr. David Carlson.

- I would especially like to thank Dr. Carlson for making the early connection between early career scientists and teachers, Ulstein said.

Right place at the right time

- There is nowhere I would rather be, than right here, right at this moment, David Carlson said to the audience.

- The results from all the polar research done throughout the IPY will be important in the next five years - and the next five years after that - and a long time after that, he said.

- That is why it is so important to be here with you, the young polar scientist that will continue boosting the polar research in the future, and you, the teachers that will make sure that the next generation researchers are cultivated.

- There is nowhere else on the planet where you find such clear climate signals as in the Arctic, which is why polar research is so important, Carlson continued.

He spoke about topics such as the recent arctic climate, sea ice thickness, ice sheets and sea level, permafrost and carbon and the West Australian drought.

- There is a continued urgency to do polar science, not to do so will have a real global impact, Carlson urged.

Photo: Kerstin Mertens/ Samfoto

The legacy

Upon answering a question from the audience of what he thought this IPY would be most remembered for in the future, he said:

- I think the IPY will be remembered for it's breadth. The topics range from social sciences to biology and oceanography.

- I also think that the researchers in the future will recognize IPY as the first real effort that actually succeeded in integrating research and outreach in the same program, and on the same budget, Carlson said.

Karen Edwards introduced the Polar Resource BookPhoto: Kerstin Mertens/ Samfoto
Karen Edwards introduced the Polar Resource Book
Polar Resource Book
Karen Edwards, from the International IPY Program Office, presented the brand new Polar Resource Book, that the teachers would use all through their workshop, and bring back home to use in their daily work.

The Polar Resource Book  - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education & Outreach.  - was created to ensure that efforts catalyzed by IPY will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers into the next generation of young, international, polar researchers with a shared commitment to outreach and education.

- Behind this book is a very close collaboration between scientists and educators. There has been a true international effort behind the book as well, with editors from all over the world and not the least it has been an organic learning process, Edwards concluded.

Last updated: 07.06.2010