NERC Arctic Office Bulletin – January 2024

19th January 2024

Welcome to the January 2024 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.

Call now open for the UK-Arctic Council Working Groups – Research and Engagement Scheme 2024/25

The call is now open for researchers based in the United Kingdom to apply for funding to support  practical research and engagement with the work of the Arctic Council’s Working Groups, and the priorities and initiatives of the Norwegian Chairship 2023-25.  The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • support the active and effective resumption of work of projects across the six Arctic Council Working Groups and beyond;
  • provide valuable opportunities for UK-based researchers to share and expand their expertise, for mutual benefit; and
  • support the UK’s role as a committed and active Observer to the Arctic Council addressing priorities of joint benefit.

The scheme is being delivered in active partnership with the NERC Arctic Office and the UK Science Innovation Network. All the details of the call, including eligibility and application process can be found here. Deadline for applications is Friday 1st March 2024.

Reminder: UK-Japan Arctic Research Bursary Scheme 2024/2025

United Kingdom and Japan Arctic Bursary Scheme 2024/2025 – An opportunity is currently open for United Kingdom-based researchers to apply for bursaries ranging from £10,000 to a maximum of £50,000 to support active participation in new joint partnerships with researchers based in Japan in the 2024-25 season. Application deadline 31 January 2024.

NERC Arctic Station Day 2024 – 7 February

This will be hosted at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge with the option of joining online via zoom and it is open to anyone interested in applying to use the Station now or in the future. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to find out more about the station, the kit available, and to hear from current users about their research supported by the Station. The station management team will also be available, and we look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about accessing the facility. Further details, including the agenda and the link to register is available here.

Reminder: Arctic Science Summit Week 2024, Edinburgh, 21-29 March

The Arctic Science Summit Week 2024 will take place between 21-29 March and there is an exciting programme of business, community and science meetings (21-26 March); an Arctic Science Day with the theme “Arctic Coasts” in the fabulous Dynamic Earth science centre (26 March); and three days for the important Arctic Observing Summit 2024 (27-29 March). An overview Programme is now available on the ASSW website, and the Registration is now live, register here.  The Summit will be a fully hybrid event, with options for in-person and online attendance. Early bird registration fees will be available until 31 January 2024.

The venue for the main events of ASSW2024 and AOS2024 will be the University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Estate, a short walk or bus ride from the centre of the city. Please ensure that you complete the registration process as soon as you can to avoid any disappointment. Registration fees include lunch each day, as well as coffee and tea breaks, and other refreshments. There will be a Welcome Reception in the historic Edinburgh City Chambers on the 22 March, courtesy of the Lord Provost of Edinburgh. The Conference Dinner will be on the 25th of March in the iconic Playfair Library Hall within the University.

Funding Opportunity – ECR participation in Arctic Science Summit Week 2024, Edinburgh, 21-29 March

The ASSW2024 Organising Committee is pleased to announce the additional funding (registration, travel and accommodation) available to support participation in the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2024 for UK-based early career researchers. The deadline to apply is 29 January 2024. Full details, including the link to apply is now on the ASSW website.

Arctic Hub Connect 2024 – 7 February

The Arctic Hub will be hosting an online workshop for researchers with research activities in Greenland. Colleagues are invited to share their plans for research in Greenland in 2024 and learn about other ongoing projects in the area they’re planning to visit. This is a really good opportunity to connect with like-minded people and contribute to an interactive map of research in Greenland for 2024. All research fields are welcome, as well as all organizations and stakeholders. Register here: Arctic Hub Connect 2024 – Arctic Hub