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

Oslo's new signature

opera-ing (Ingressbilde)

The choice of the newly inaugurated Oslo Opera House for the conference profile is not made by chance. Not yet as famous as its cousin in Sydney, and not as iconographic as the Holmenkollen ski jump or the City Hall, the Opera will be the future signature of the capital. Most importantly, though, the Opera has a strong resemblance with packed ice.

An impression of sea ice is created by the form of building, by the fact that the lower roof extends into the water and foremost by the choice of material: bright and white Italian marble.

Strangely enough the idea of ice is not part of the concept developed by the architects - the world renowned firm Snohetta. (Read about the concept in Architecture Daily.)

Architecture is art, and as such open to interpretations. Even Snohetta admits that the building is "allowing a variety of experiences as one move past it". The manipulated photo of the building and its environment is adding a new dimension. In our context the Opera House becomes is a symbol of the meeting of ice and ocean. In addition this conference will bring together the Arctic and Antarctica, symbolized by two animals that never meet - and definitely not in the harbour of Oslo.

- I am in love, writes Richard Morrison in The Times. - She's Norwegian, gorgeous, full of fun, yet with surprising hidden depths. Quite literally so, since her lower limbs are permanently submerged in the sea. No, she's not a mermaid. She's the new Oslo Opera House, an amazing marble and granite vision that rises out of the fjord like a giant ice floe.

The "roofscape" of the building is open to the public and this accessibility is quite unique. On the top of the building there are fine views of the fjord and city.  The horizontal terraces and sloping planes immediately became a favourite place for afternoon walks. - The democratic symbolism of that gesture is itself symbolic of the way in which the public has been involved in this project from the start, writes Richard Morrison in The Times.

- I could rave on and on about other aspects of the building, he continues. - The acoustics of the main auditorium are stunning: a luxurious 1.9-second reverberation, unprecedented in an opera house. And when you step into the theatre's heart - in contrast to all the dazzling marble outside - you are suddenly plunged into a world of oak, stained in a multitude of rich hues. It's as if a majestic tree has been embedded deep inside a glacier.

Oslo's new signature is the largest cultural building erected in Norway since the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was built between 1070 and 1300. The opera covers 4 soccer fields, has 1100 rooms, and seats 1750 in one large and one smaller performance auditorium.

Last updated: 11.11.2009

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