UK Arctic Science Conference 2015

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Dates and Venue

Date and time: 1350 on Wednesday 16th September 2015 to 1300 on Friday 18th September 2015  – Registration desk opens at 1300 on the 16th September.

Programme now available: UK Arctic Science Conference Programme (posted 14.09.2015). Please note that hard copies of the Programme will be available at the Conference.

If tweeting from the Conference, please use the #ArcticConf2015 hashtag.

Venue: Richard Roberts Auditorium, The Richard Roberts Building  (East Wing of Dainton), University of Sheffield, Brook Hill S3 7HF.


About the conference

The University of Sheffield is hosting the  UK Arctic Science Conference 2015, 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 the following topics:

  • Terrestrial BiogeochemistryAdam Bradley_British Antarctic Survey7
  • Terrestrial Ecology
  • Arctic Oceanography
  • Ice-Ocean Interaction
  • Landscape Processes and Dynamics
  • Arctic Climate
  • Terrestrial Cryosphere: Snow and ice – past and present
  • Arctic Change – implications for society and culture

The Local Organising Committee includes:

  • Professor Grant Bigg (Chair, Geography, oceanographer and meteorologist)Alpine Bistort(Polygonum viviparum)
  • Dr Gareth Phoenix (Deputy Chair, Animal & Plant Sciences, terrestrial ecologist)
  • Dr Andrew Sole (Geography, glaciologist and fjord modeller)
  • Dr Darrel Swift (Geography, long term landscape evolution/geology/geomorphology)
  • Dr Donatella Zona (Animal and Plant Sciences, biodiversity and geochemical fluxes)

This will be the fourth UK Arctic Science Conference. The programmes from previous conferences can be found here.

Please note: Although there is no registration fee, refreshments will  be provided, including a sandwich buffet lunch on Thursday  17th September. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

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Registration for this meeting is now closed.





UK Arctic Science Conference Programme  (posted 14.09.2015) – Please note that hard copies of the Programme will be available at the Conference.

Book of Abstracts pdf (posted 14.09.2015) – Please note, the book of abstracts will be available online only.

We are pleased to confirm that Dr. John Clayburn, Head of Exploration at Cairn Energy PLC, will give an invited talk entitled ‘Cairn in Greenland’, on Thursday 17th September at 16:45.

Information on posters

The poster sessions will be held in the Atrium adjoining the Richard Roberts Auditorium. Please note that posters should be A0 portrait. Details are as follows:

Poster Session 1:

Wednesday 16th September, 18:00 to 19:00

Poster Session 2:

Thursday 17th September, 12:30 to 13:30

Side Meetings

UK Polar Network events:

UK Polar Network Social Sciences Gathering:

Date: Wednesday 16th September, 1230

Venue: TBC

Postdoc panel session:

Date: Wednesday 16th September, 19:15 – 20:00, followed by UKPN dinner

Venue: University Arms Pub

Annual General Meeting:

Date: Friday 18th September, 14:00 – 15:00

Venue: Ron Johnston Room in the Geography & Planning Building

UK sea-ice group Meeting:

Date: 13:30 on Tuesday 15th September  to midday on Wednesday 16th September 2015.

Venue: Ron Johnston Research Room of the Department of Geography, Geography and Planning Building, University of Sheffield.

Contact: Jeff Ridley

The Challenger Society AGM 2015

Date: Wednesday 16th September

Start time: 1200pm (straight after the UK sea-ice group meeting)

Venue: Ron Johnston Research Room of the Department of Geography, Geography and Planning Building, University of Sheffield.

Contact: John Bacon

Travel and Accommodation

Please see the following links regarding travel to Sheffield University:


The University Campus is about a 30 minute walk from the train station. However, the easiest option is to take the tram from the station to the University which only takes 10 minutes. See links below for further information.

By car (please note that parking on campus is very limited, so if you plan to drive to the University, please use the park and ride).

By train or coach

Tram route between the train station and the University.


Please see Trivago accommodation search for central Sheffield:

This link will list hotels with availability within 1.4 miles of the city centre, sorted by distance from the centre. Please check your requirements (shown at the top of the search page) are correct and update these if necessary. Please also use the map view facility to check the location of your hotel (the University is located 0.5 miles west of the city centre).

Other options can also be found by viewing the ‘Welcome to Sheffield’ website:


Interactive campus map – this map shows some of the main buildings and locations.

Campus map with A-Z index

Central Sheffield map – this map covers the city centre, University campus and surrounding area.


Local Organising Committee Chair: Professor Grant Bigg  (University of Sheffield)

Conference registration point of contact: Nicola Munro (NERC Arctic Office)


 Images courtesy of British Antarctic Survey.