UK Arctic Science Conference 2017

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Dates and Venue

Date and time:

The conference will be held from lunchtime on Tuesday 19th September 2017 to lunchtime on Thursday 21st September 2017.


The Scottish Association for Marine Science  will be hosting the  UK Arctic Science Conference 2017, with financial and administrative support from the NERC Arctic Office. This three day conference brings together UK Arctic scientists of all natural and social science disciplines to present and discuss recent findings. The conference will be held in Corran Halls, Oban.

Abstract Submission: Abstract submission is now closed. However you can still register to attend the event up until the 1st September 2017.

About the conference

The UK Arctic Science conferences have brought together researchers with a common interest in the Arctic environment. Since its inception in 2009 there has been a great diversity in the science that has been presented. The conference is multidisciplinary and with an inclusive approach to abstract submission. We welcome abstracts across all the themes of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Working Groups, namely:


Including: Atmospheric Dynamics, Arctic- Mid-latitude Weather Linkages, Air Chemistry and Pollution


Including: Sea-ice processes (physical and biogeochemical), modelling and prediction, permafrost, glacial environments.


Including: Ocean dynamics and prediction, biological, ecosystem and geochemical processes, marine geology and paleo records of arctic change

Social and Human

Including: Security, governance and law, natural resources including fisheries, human health and well-being


Including: arctic terrestrial and freshwater environments, landscapes and biota.

The organisers particularly welcome abstracts which highlight interdisciplinary connections and will look to create strong cross-cutting sessions within the conference programme.

The Scientific Committee will be chaired by Prof David Pond, SAMS and includes:


Phil Anderson, SAMS


Tom Cowton (Glaciology) – University of St Andrews

Daniela Flocco (Sea ice) -  University of Reading


Neil Banas, Strathclyde University

Helen Findlay, Plymouth Marine Laboratory


Claire Robinson (Terrestrial), University of Manchester

John Howe (Marine Geology), SAMS

Social and Human:

Tavis Potts, University of Aberdeen

Daria Shapovalova, University of Aberdeen

The Local Organising Committee will be chaired by Dr Finlo Cottier, SAMS and includes:

  • Sine Murray
  • Lindsay Vare
  • Claire Smalley
  • Euan Paterson
  • Richard Dale
  • Kim Last
  • Lewis Drysdale

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

Registration and Abstract Submission

Please note, although there is no registration fee, refreshments will be provided, including a sandwich buffet lunch on Wednesday 20th September. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Abstract submission is now closed. However you can still register to attend the event:

Deadline for registering to attend this event is Friday 1st September 2017.


To be announced.

If using Twitter in the lead up to and during the conference, please include #ArcticConf.

Information on posters

There will be an opportunity to present posters at this event. Posters should be no larger than A0. Any questions about posters should be addressed to

Side Meetings

There are rooms available for side meetings. It is likely that the UK Sea ice group and the UK Polar Network will have their meetings either side of the Conference. If you are interested in holding a side meeting, please contact Finlo Cottier at SAMS in the first instance and as early as possible.

Travel and Accommodation

Corran Halls are within walking distance of a range of hotels.  Accommodation options as follows:

OBAN BAY HOTEL Tel: – 01631 564395

Book directly using reference SAMS180917.

Rates are £55 b&b for a single room, £70.00 B&B for a double room, sole occupancy, and £80 B&B for double room with 2 people (they also offer this rate for twin rooms)

PERLE HOTEL  Tel: – 01631 700301

Book directly with the hotel, stating reason for stay is SAMS conference.

Rates are £105 B&B single room, and £120 B&B for double, single occupancy.

A list of  other hotels in Oban can be found here:

For travel and further accommodation options, please see the following websites:


Dr Finlo Cottier, SAMS – Chair of the Local Organising Committee

Professor David Pond, SAMS -  Chair of the Scientific Organising Committee

Nicola Munro,  NERC Arctic Office  (Registration and abstract submission)



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