UK Arctic Science Conference 2013

Dates and Venue

Date: Wednesday 18th September to Friday 20th September 2013

The conference will commence at 1320 on the 18th and conclude at 1330 on the 20th.

Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI),  and Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture theatre, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER.

Registration will take place in the SPRI foyer from 1230 on Wednesday 18th September. The Conference sessions will take place in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture theatre, in the Department of Chemistry.

The Lecture Theatre is accessed from Lensfield Road, via a shared entrance road with the Scott Polar Research Institute (located on the left of the access way).  The entrance to the Lecture Theatre is on right hand side towards the end of the shared entrance road. There is no direct access to the Lecture Theatre from the Department of Chemistry main entrance. (Map:

Registration and abstract submission is now closed. The deadline was Friday 12th July 2013.

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There is no registration fee for this meeting but we ask that all other costs are met by the delegates.

About the conference

The Scott Polar Research Institute is hosting this conference, with financial and administrative support from the NERC Arctic Office. This three-day conference  aims to bring together UK Arctic scientists of all natural and social science disciplines to present and discuss recent findings. We welcome presentations on all aspects of Arctic research in the physical and social sciences, including atmosphere, biology, ecology, geology, marine and terrestrial cryosphere, modern climate and palaeo-climate, oceans; their various interactions; observations and modelling; relevant engineering research and development; and cultural, social, economic and political issues.

Please follow @Arctic_Office for updates on the conference and use the hashtag #UKASC13

This will be the third UK Arctic Science Conference; the first was held at the National Oceanographic Centre in 2009, the second was held at Leeds University in 2011. The aim is to continue to run this conference every two years. The programmes from previous conferences can be found here.

11th UK Sea Ice Group Meeting

1300 – 1700 on the 17th September and 0930 to 1230 on Wednesday 18th September, Scott Polar Research Institute

Please note: The 11th UK Sea Ice Group meeting will also take place at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge on the afternoon of the 17th September and morning of the 18th September,  in conjunction with the UK Arctic Science Conference. Further information on this meeting, including details on registration, can be found on the UK Sea Ice Group meeting page. The deadline for registering for this meeting and for submitting abstracts was Monday 12th August 2013.


A revised draft programme (uploaded 1600 on Monday 16th September) for the UK Arctic Conference is now available and can be downloaded HERE

A summary of the Conference and associated meetings and timings can be find below:

Tuesday 17th September:

UK Polar Network Software and Polar Research Workshop: 0900 to 1800

1300 – 1730: UK Sea Ice Group Meeting

Wednesday 18th September:

0930 – 1230: UK Sea Ice Group Meeting

1230 – 1315: UK Arctic Science Conference Registration

1320: Welcome address, start of Conference

1330 – 1530: Session 1: Terrestrial Biogeochemistry

1530 – 1545: Afternoon Break

1545 – 1745: Session 2: Atmosphere

1745 – 1900: Icebreaker/Poster Session 1

Thursday 19th September:

0900 – 1100: Session 3: Modelling

1100 – 1115: Morning Break

1115 – 1315: Session 4: Physical Oceanography

1315 – 1345: Lunch (Buffet lunch will be provided)

1345 – 1545: Session 5: Fjords, plumes and marine geology

1545 – 1600: Afternoon break

1600 – 1800:  Session 6: The Greenland Ice Sheet

1800 – 1900: Poster Session 2

Friday 20th September:

0900 – 1030: Session 7: Society and Policy/Land-based ice

1045 – 1115: Session 8: Arctic Ecology

1115 – 1130: Morning Break

1130 – 1315: Session 8: Arctic Ecology continued

1315: Concluding remarks and close of conference

1315 – 1415: UK Polar Network Mentor Panel (contact Katrin Schmidt (  for further information.

Information on posters:

Poster Sessions - There are 2 poster sessions, one on Wednesday evening from 1800 to 1900 and one on Thursday evening, 1800 to 1900.

Please put posters up on your scheduled day. Poster boards will be available from lunchtime on Wednesday 18th September. Each poster board will have the lead author’s name attached – please put your poster up on your named poster board.

Posters from Wednesday’s session should be removed after the poster session. Any remaining on Thursday morning, will be removed and disposed of.

Posters from Thursday’s session should also be removed after the poster session on Thursday evening.

Posters should be portrait if possible and AO size. If you have any further questions regarding the format for the poster, please contact us at

The poster sessions will take place in the upper foyer, outside of the Bristol-Myers Squibb lecture theatre.


There is no accommodation available at SPRI. However, there are a few hotels close to the venue (please see map):

Hotel accommodation can also be found using University Rooms Cambridge service or the Visit Cambridge website.


There are plenty of restaurants located very close to SPRI along Lensfield Road, Regents Street and Hills Road such as:

  • The Oak Bistro, 6 Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EG. Tel: 01223 323361. Restaurant open from 12pm to 12am.
  • Yim Wah Express, 2-4 Lensfield Road, CB2 1EG. Tel: 01223 309530. Open from 1130am to 10pm
  • The Snug, 67 Lensfield Road, CB2 1EN. Tel: 01223 367684. Open from10am to 11pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 12am on Friday and Saturday.
  • Pizza Express, 26-28 Regents Street, CB2 1DB. Tel: 01223 306777. Open from 1130am to 11pm
  • De Luca Cucina & Bar, 83 Regents Street, CB2 1AW. Tel: 01223 35 66 66. Open from 12pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm
  • Browns Restaurant, 23 Trumpington Street. Tel: 01223 461 655

The centre of Cambridge is approximately a 15 minute walk from SPRI, where you will find several restaurants and pubs, especially along Bridge Street.

A list of Cambridge restaurants can also be found on the following links:

Please click here for a map of central Cambridge:


SPRI is located in central Cambridge, easily accessible from the Cambridge bus station and train station (both within walking distance). Further travel information can be found on the SPRI website.

Please note there is no parking available at SPRI. If you wish to park in town, Queen Anne is the closest car park, however, parking in Cambridge is expensive and can cost up to £25 per day.

Enquiries about offering sponsorship of this event are welcome. Please contact us by e-mail, using the conference e-mail


  • Steven Palmer,  SPRI – Conference Organiser
  • Nicola Munro, NERC Arctic Office – Conference Administrator