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

2nd Circular out for IPY 2012 in Montreal

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In a little less than a year the International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference will be held in Montreal, Canada. The dates are April 22 to 27, 2012. The overall purpose is to move From Knowledge to Action on Polar Issues. Now is the time to start planning your participation.


This conference will bring together Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, non-government, education, Arctic communities, and circumpolar indigenous peoples. Together these groups will address challenges, share and apply knowledge from the polar regions and discuss opportunities and solutions for adapting to global change.

Occurring at a pivotal time for the environment of our planet, the The IPY 2012 Conference will contribute to the translation of new polar scientific findings into an evidence-based agenda for action that will influence global decisions, policies and outcomes over the coming years. What is happening at the Poles will alter the polar environments and change the course of human and economic development.

Down to practicalities

In the 2nd Circular you will find all the information needed to make decisions on your contribution and participation:

These are the key dates:

Key dates                                              Opens                                Closes

Call for Abstracts                                   June 15, 2011                      September 30, 2011

Application for Student and Early
Career Scientist travel grants                  June 30, 2011                      October 31, 2011

Early Bird Registration opens                   September 15, 2011              February 28, 2012

Late Registration                                    March 1, 2012                      April 27, 2012

Request a Side Meeting or Event              April, 2011                           February 15, 2012

Registration and fees:

Qouted in Canadian dollars, which are usually priced fairly close to USD.

Registration                                              Date                                            Fees

Registration Opens                                    September 15, 2011

Early Bird Registration                                until February 28, 2012                  CDN $700

Late Registration                                       March 1st - April 27, 2012               CDN $800

Student and Early Career Scientists                                                                CDN $400

Polar Educators Workshop                                                                             TBD

Programme outline

The Conference includes four major program areas:

  • Science Highlights (Area 1)
  • Synthesis and Integration (Area 2)
  • From Knowledge to Action (Area 3)
  • Public Engagement, Education and Outreach (Area 4)

Science Highlights (Area 1) and Synthesis and Integration (Area 2)

  • Polar regions and linkages to global systems and beyond
  • Past, present and future changes in polar regions
  • Polar ecosystems, biodiversity and effects of human activities
  • Human dimension of changes: health, society, culture and resources
  • New frontiers, technologies and data practices in polar research

From Knowledge to Action (Area 3)

  • The Knowledge-Action Interface: Major lessons & findings emerging from the polar regions that require, and have potential for, action.
  • Creating the Conditions for Action: Factors that affect who uses polar knowledge, when, where, how and for what purposes.
  • Polar Knowledge in Action in Sectors and Projects: IPY findings that require, have potential for, or have resulted in action.
  • Realizing Knowledge-to-Action in Policies, Management and Decision-Making Processes at all Levels: Local to global.

Public Engagement, Education and Outreach (Area 4)

  • Harnessing the power of digital media for citizen engagement in polar science.
  • Inspiring and enthusing the next generation in the importance and value of science that benefits all.
  • Engaging consumer society in the value of polar science for underpinning policy and business decisions relating to energy, climate and food security.
  • Making an impact through the role of the media in influencing political, business and societal decision-making.

For more information on the Conference Program, please download the 2nd Circular and follow news on the From Knowledge to Action Conference website.

Last updated: 13.05.2011