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
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Medal for science and inspiring mentorship

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The first Medal of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) has been awarded to Professor Patrick Webber.

Webber, who is Professor Emeritus of Plant Biology at Michigan State University, is the first recipient of the medal. He has been recognised for his life-long scientific contribution as well as for the promotion of Arctic research in general through inspiring mentorship and leadership.

Dr. Patrick Webber received the IASC medal.Photo: John Petter Reinertsen, SAMFOTO
Dr. Patrick Webber received the IASC medal.
The medal was presented by the IASC President, David Hik. "He has inspired many young students," said Mr Hik in his introduction.

Along with the medal, Professor Webber also received an unusual present. The botanist's old herbarium box from the 1960s was found during a recent field trip, and colleagues have framed the lid to return to him with the award.

The importance of serendipity

In his plenary talk, Professor Webber highlighted the role of mentors and the importance of the chance encounters of life.

He talked about the influence of his father, who was a school teacher and an avid naturalist, and who was to be his first mentor. His quest to become a polar scientist began at the age of eleven after he saw a movie about polar exploration.

"I was bitten by the polar bug," Professor Webber recalled.

His choice of PhD topic was also in part determined by coincidence, as he stepped in for another botanist on a field trip to Baffin Island in northern Canada. "A lot of this is serendipity," he said, referring to a term introduced by Horace Walpole in the 18th century.

Good mentors are important

Professor Webber struck an optimistic note when addressing the young scientists in the audience. "In spite of the dire predictions these days, I remain optimistic. We have such fine scholars. You young scientists can leave a legacy," he stated. He also addressed the more established scientists.

"Your mentoring will be appreciated. We do not know who our mentors are until we look back. And often mentors are not aware that they are being mentors, they are just being themselves," he pointed out.

His final message was to the young scientists: "May you have excellent mentors. You have unprecedented opportunities. Life is full of surprises - may some of them be serendipitous," concluded Professor Webber.

Last updated: 10.06.2010