NERC Arctic Office Bulletin – August 2023

25th August 2023

Welcome to the August 2023 NERC Arctic Office Bulletin. If you have an event that you would like us to promote, please let us know. We’re always glad to hear from you. If you haven’t received this Bulletin direct, you can sign up to our mailing list on the website’s home page. For all previous bulletins, please visit the Arctic Office bulletins page.

UK Arctic Science Conference

The next UK Arctic Science conference will be hosted by the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge on 11 to 13 September 2023.  With a fantastic number of abstracts submitted, there will be sessions on Arctic research and collaboration, open data, remote sensing, new findings and interconnections in science, education and inclusion, new technologies for polar science, net zero and sustainability and international cooperation and partnerships. We will have a large number of posters , which will also be made available online prior to the conference. Full details about the conference, including the preliminary programme, are now available from the conference website:

The deadline to register to attend in person is 25th August,  although please note that we are now very close to capacity. However, you will be able to continue to register to attend online up until 6th September. For those attending online, Zoom details will be sent to you prior to the meeting.

If you have a question, please contact us at and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

UK Polar Network session at the UK Arctic Science Conference

Demonstrating leadership and developing networks are crucial parts of any job, academic or otherwise, but for ECR’s this can be especially difficult to gain access to opportunities that clearly evidence this. This session firstly will give an overview of what leadership is, why it is important for ECR’s, and how to access opportunities to demonstrate leadership. The second part of this session will hear from Chloe Nunn (UKPN Co-President 22/23 and NIRAS), Dr Aileen Doran (iCRAG and EDIG), and Dr Alison Cook (SAMS) who will speak about their experiences of networking both traditional and non-traditional to understand how ECR’s can develop their networks in multiple ways. Finally, there will be a mini-networking session where you will develop short pitches about your research in broad subject groups and then mix with the wider group to share your research.

The session will run from 10am to 12:30pm on the 11th September 2023 at British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge and you can sign up to this using this link:

Arctic Science Summit Week, University of Edinburgh, 21-29 March 2024

 It’s not too late to propose science, business and community sessions at the Arctic Science Summit Week and accompanying Arctic Observing Summit. These will be major gatherings of influential international Arctic researchers, funders and decision-makers at a world class venue and hosting your session within the programme will attract a lot of engagement and attention. The conference will be fully hybrid to allow for active participation from remote attendees. Arctic Observing Summit session proposals and short statements deadline – 1 September. Arctic Science Summit Week business and community meetings deadline – 30 September. All details:

 Arctic Circle Assembly 19-21 October 2023

The NERC Arctic Office will be engaged in a number of sessions at the Assembly this year, connected to critical minerals, UK-Canada Arctic programme and much more. If you are running a session or attending please do let us know ( – it would be great to connect with you and support your event where we can. The Assembly is a really interesting event and well worth attending if you have the opportunity. Details:

4th International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP)

This is a decadal Arctic research planning process organised from 2022 until 2026 by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) in cooperation with many partners worldwide for the fourth time since 1995. ICARP IV is a community-wide undertaking engaging Arctic researchers, Indigenous Peoples, policy makers, residents and stakeholders from around the world to discuss the state of Arctic science and the place the Arctic occupies in global affairs and Earth systems. The process considers the most urgent knowledge gaps and research priorities for the next decade (until 2035), and explores avenues to address and implement these research needs. ICARP is now in the consultation and community input phase. More information on ICARP IV and opportunities to get involved can be found here:

Arctic Projects Database

The NERC Arctic Office, together with the BAS web team, have been working on a UK Arctic projects database. The aim is to try and bring together as many Arctic projects with UK involvement as possible into one database. We are in the process of adding the UKRI funded grants (funded since 2010) and hope to include other UK Arctic projects with different funding sources in the future. Currently, you can search on people, institutions, funding sources and project titles. This will develop in the future to include searches on locations (where known) and science topics. Although not a complete record of all UK Arctic research, the purpose of the database is to provide a useful resource for the UK Arctic Community and to showcase as much UK Arctic research as possible and will be updated regularly. Please bear with us as we continue to work on adding content! The database can be found here:

Upcoming events

UK Arctic Science Conference 2023: 11 – 13 September 2023, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Arctic Circle Assembly 2023: 19 – 22 October 2023. The 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly will be held in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavík, Iceland.

Arctic Frontiers 2024: 29 January to 1 February 2024

ASSW 2024: 21 – 29 March 2024