NERC Arctic Office Bulletin – October 2023

10th October 2023

UK Arctic Conference 2023

Thank you to everyone who attended the biennial UK Arctic Conference hosted at the British Antarctic Survey last month. There were well over 100 people who attended in person and online. With sessions spread over three days there was an enormous variety of environmental, social and cultural, engineering, innovation and new technology and machine learning on display. Thanks to all the speakers, poster presenters, panellists and keynote speakers. The next UK Arctic Conference will be in 2025. More details on dates and venue in due course.

IASC Fellows Programme 2024

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in cooperation with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), has launched its IASC Fellowships Programme 2024. For the 10th anniversary year of the Programme in 2024 there will be 10 Fellowships. This is a really positive and exciting opportunity and UK-based students and early career researchers have had good success in previous years. Deadline: 18 October 2023 at 13:00 GMT. Further information and application details:

IASC Cross-Cutting and Working Group Proposals 2024

IASC is now accepting applications of up to 15,000 Euros for consideration for funding in 2024. The funding is provided by the five IASC Working Groups – Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, Terrestrial – and aimed at encouraging and supporting science-led international programmes by offering opportunities for planning and coordination, and by facilitating communication and access to facilities. Applications can be to one or more thematic area. Deadline: 8 January 2024 at 13:00 GMT. Further information and application form:

International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region

Registration open until 15 November for this 2nd Symposium which is taking place in Reykjavik on 22-23 November. Participants from the UK especially welcome. Details:

Vacancy – Science Operations Officer

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) are recruiting for a science support role within their Secretariat. It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to work in polar science and get experience of the science landscape, make international connections etc. Polar background not essential. Deadline for applications 3 November. Details:

Arctic Science Summit Week 2024

The Arctic research community will be gathering for the Arctic Science Summit Week and Arctic Observing Summit in Edinburgh over 21-29 March. A large number of session, business and community meetings have been proposed. All the events will be fully hybrid to allow for active participation from remote attendees. The programme and early-bird registration will be live from early November. Look out for opportunities – funded by IASC and others – for travel, subsistence and registration support to participate in the conference. Lots of detail already available and the live link for registration will be posted as soon as available:

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 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:

Save the Date – NERC Arctic Station ‘open’ day

The 2024 NERC Arctic Station ‘open’ day will be held at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge and online on Wednesday 7th February 2024. If you are a current user of the NERC station in Ny-Ålesund, or if you are considering applying to use the station in the future or just interested in finding out more about the Station, then we strongly recommend attending this event, which will aim to inform on the Station, and provide the opportunity to meet with the Station Management Team. Details on how to register for this event will be made available soon through the Arctic Office mailing list and on the website – watch this space!