• First circular: Societal relevance of polar research – scientific conference and workshops, Sopot, 27-28.11.2018



    First circular

    Societal relevance of polar research

    The scientific conference and workshops

    27th- 28th November 2018

    Venue: Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences,

    Powstańców Warszawy street 55, Sopot 81-712, POLAND

    Representatives of natural sciences, in the era of rapidly growing number of projects and plans for the polar research, are encouraged more than ever before to reflect upon the significance and relevance of the scientific research in polar regions for the wider society. This is linked with the other question, namely, how the polar research is perceived and understood by the community, by decision makers, by media and opinion trendsetters.

    To stimulate discussion about both topics we would like to examine the relevance of polar research among different countries and particular societies that are rooted in the tradition, history and geographical settings. Due to the 100 th anniversary of regaining independence there will be a wider presentation of case studies from Poland.

    The scientific conference and workshop will be devoted to: (1) presentation and discussion of state of art of interdisciplinary scientific knowledge about social relevance of polar research; (2) brain-storming new ideas, that through excellent studies and well-designed outreach could boost the significance of polar research in contemporary societies in different parts of the world; (3) developing a network of institutions interested in establishing closer cooperation on societal relevance of polar research and preparation proposals to international funding programs.

    The language of the meeting is English, authors of presentations are encouraged to present their contributions as papers in peer reviewed journals and in Springer thematic book.


    Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Polar Studies,

    Centre for Polar Studies – the Leading National Research Centre

    Committee of Polar Research Polish Academy of Sciences (Section of Social Sciences and Polish Polar Research History),

    Polish Polar Consortium

    with the support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

    Organising Committee:

    Jan Marcin Weslawski – local host, chairman

    Michał Łuszczuk – scientific chairman

    Magdalena Łącka and Tymon Zieliński – – conference secretariat

    Provisional agenda:

    27th November – Tuesday:

    11.00 – 13.00 welcome, invited presentations (20 minutes each)

    13.00- 14.00 lunch

    14.00 – 17.00 invited presentations (20 minutes each)

    19.00 – dinner

    28th November – Wednesday

    09.00 – 12.00 – panel discussion /workshop

    13.00 – lunch

    Meeting is estimated for some 50 participants. 

    All persons who are interested in, to present contribution or take part in the discussion, please email the abovementioned committee members.

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  • ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED – International Conference “Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Poland” (IPSiP)

    Due to requests from Arctic researchers still working in the field, the deadline for abstract submission for the International Conference “Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Poland” has been extended to 6th October 2017.
    The IPSiP conference, organized to honour the 60th Anniversary of the Polish Polar Station Hornsund, Svalbard, Arctic, and the 40th Anniversary of the Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station, South Shetland Islands, will be held on November 17-19, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland.
    Organizers: Committee on Polar Research, Polish Academy of Sciences; Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences – Hornsund Station operator; Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics – Arctowski station operator; Centre for Polar Studies, Poland.
    Patronages: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland; Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Poland; Polish Academy of Sciences; International Arctic Science Committee (IASC); Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR); Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS).
    Detailed information and registration form are available at the conference website:


    We invite contributions on any aspects of research of both Arctic and Antarctic polar regions focusing on empirical, theoretical, and methodological topics, for a better understanding of the polar environment. Syntheses, reviews and case studies on the litho-, atmo-, hydro-, cryo-, and biosystem and their interactions are mostly welcome.

    1. Climate change and polar meteorology
    2. Evolution of glaciers & cryosphere and related processes
    3. Lithosphere and development of geological structure
    4. Geomorphic processes and freshwater hydrology
    5. Polar terrestrial ecosystems
    6. Physical & chemical marine processes
    7. Marine ecosystems
    8. Human dimension and other issues related to operation of polar platforms
    9. History of polar exploration and any polar stations
    10. Cross cutting issues and other topics

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