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
  74. Time to register for the IPY 2012 conference

Time to register for the IPY 2012 conference

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The review of the abstracts received for the IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference is completed and letters of acceptance have been sent out. In total 837 oral presentations have been accepted and 1222 posters. Presenters must register this week. Early bird registration deadline is February 29th.

URGENT: The deadline for authors to confirm their acceptance and register is January 20, 2012. Note that this deadline cannot be extended due to Program requirements. If you have not done so already, please register today or contact the Conference Secretariat at .

The From Knowledge to Action Conference will be hosted in Montréal, Canada - a lively and cosmopolitan city of over 3 million. The world's second largest French speaking city after Paris, English is also widely spoken. The Conference is being held at the Palais des congrès, a world-class conference centre located in the heart of downtown Montréal. The Palais is within walking distance of numerous hotels and restaurants, historic Old Montréal, and the arts and entertainment districts.

Other Key Dates
Early Bird Registration Ends February 29, 2012
Conference Dates April 22- 27, 2012

Registration Fees
Early Bird Registration was $700 NOW $595 CDN
Students and Early Career Scientists
was $400 NOW $295 CDN
Late Registration was $800 NOW $695 CDN (as of March 1)

Lunches will be Served!
Thanks to the efforts of our Partnerships Committee, we are pleased to let you know that you will be well fed at the Conference with excellent choices of healthy delicious snacks at coffee breaks and full lunches every day.

Action Forums
As part of the "Knowledge to Action" theme, conference organizers have been busy planning several Action Forums that will create space for interactive discussions on critical issues facing the Polar Regions. These discussions will integrate views and perspectives from a variety of sectors, including industry, policy, civil society, community members and others. The Action Forum topics will include: the future of polar science, shipping, offshore oil and gas, mining and major projects, healthy communities, community infrastructure, fisheries, education and space technology and earth observations.

The Action Forums will be organized as interactive roundtables, with senior thought leaders and practitioners interacting with each other and the audience to address the key challenges and opportunities related to the session theme. Final decisions on the themes, schedule, and participants for the Action Forums will be made available shortly. To provide input, please contact Area 3 Program Chair Danielle Labonte at

Watch out for FrostByte!
As part of the IPY 2012 Conference, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists is inviting everyone to catch FrostBytes. FrostBytes are short abstracts of your research recorded as an audio file, slideshow or video. All conference attendees are invited to create a FrostByte to help share information about your research and attract delegates to your poster or oral presentation. FrostBytes are easy to make and the first ones are already posted. Check them out on our Conference You Tube channel. They will also be linked with the abstracts on the website. Prizes will be awarded for the best FrostByte at the Conference Banquet. For more information on how to get started, see the FrostBytes section of the APECS website.

Call for Film Entries
Send us your latest polar film creation. The Canadian Film Institute has opened a call for entries for a Polar Film Festival. An event not to be missed, the Polar Film Festival will take place during the Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (April 24 and 25) and will be open to Conference attendees and Montrealers alike. The Canadian Film Institute is seeking recent polar film creations which feature the rich diversity of the polar regions. All genres are welcomed from film, video, documentary, fiction, animations, etc. For more information, contact Jerrett Zaroski at

Be Part of an International Photo Contest
In honour of the third and final conference to close International Polar Year, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society is proud to present "Cold Snap" - an international polar photography competition. This is an opportunity for you to share your best pictures of your travels and work in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The contest is open to photographers around the world, and will showcase the best pictures of Polar Research, Wildlife, Landscapes, and Exploration. Visit the website of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for contest details and information on awards.

IPY 2012 Conference Secretariat
360 Albert Street 10th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0H4
Or visit the IPY 212 Web

Last updated: 18.01.2012