IASC Newsletter
April 2020
Photo: Stefan Hendricks

Action Group on Indigenous Involvement Delivers Recommendations
& IASC Responds

In light of the commitments made through the ICARP process and strategic planning, IASC commissioned a Scoping Group and then an Action Group on Indigenous Involvement (AGII) to provide recommendations on better involving Indigenous peoples and incorporating Indigenous/traditional knowledge into IASC and its activities. The full AGII report is available here, as is a shorter presentation delivered to the IASC Council, and these concrete recommendations to the IASC Council will help IASC achieve its goals. [Read more]
Photo Credit: Meagan Sheremata, Indigenous Peoples & Partners self-organized meeting during ASSW2019.
Photo Credit: Jakob Siever
    ASSW 2023 will be held in Austria
    New IASC Atmosphere Working Group Fellow
    IASC Renews Agreement with the Pacific Arctic Group (PAG)
    Enomoto Elected as IASC Vice-President
    Iceland Extends Support for the IASC Secretariat in Akureyri, Iceland for a Further 5 Years
    Announcing Dr. Gerlis Fugmann as IASC's Next Executive Secretary
    CAFF-IASC Fellowship Focussing on Migratory Bird Issues Announced
    IASC Strategic Plan in Now in Russian & Chinese (Simplified)
Upcoming Deadlines and Events 
Photo Credit: Anna Muniak


6-10 April 2020 | Online
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting

10 April 2020 | Online
Deadline Call for Contributions: Northern Notes Spring 2020

13 April 2020 | Online
Abstract Deadline: Students in Polar and Alpine Research Conference

14 April 2020 | Online
Abstract Deadline: 6th Annual APECS International Online Conference

15 April 2020 | Online
Abstract Deadline: Cryosphere 2020

15 April 2020 | Online
Abstract Deadline: Busan IAMAS-IACS-IAPSO Joint Assembly 2020

16 April 2020 | Online
OneNOAA Science Seminar Series: Quantifying the Overlap of Trawl Fisheries With Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges in the Aleutians Islands, Alaska

20 April 2020 | Online Extended
Abstract Deadline: Polar Law Symposium



1 May 2020 | Online
Abstract Deadline: 16th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium

4-8 May 2020 | Online
EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online

19 May 2020 | Online
6th Annual APECS International Online Conference

20 May 2020 | Online
Deadline Call for reviewers of the second order draft of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)

31 May 2020 | Online
Abstract Deadline: 38th International Polar Symposium

If you would like to have your Arctic science event on this calendar, please contact us
Please note: Given the quickly developing situation worldwide regarding COVID-19, the IASC "Arctic Science Events" calendar above only reports events scheduled online.
ASSW2020 Online
ASSW2020 Online is now over. Thank you to everybody who actively contributed to the success of the conference. More than 650 people from 28 countries registered for more than 60 online meetings, 10 panels, 5 keynotes, and 2 Poster Sessions.

In case you missed anything: 
Did you attend the ASSW2020 Online? Take the ASSW2020 Online Survey! 

We learned a lot, and we want to gather and share lessons learned/best practices/experience with anybody planning online meetings. We will present these findings in a short report, planned to be released later this month. Your feedback will be critical in designing future online events, like Arctic Science Summit Weeks and the Arctic Observing Summits. We kindly as you to complete the survey before Thursday 9 April 2020.
Click here to take the ASSW2020 Online Survey
IASC 2020 Bulletin & Member Country Survey Report
News from IASC Partners
APECS: Call for reviewers of the second order draft of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6)
The Working Group II (WGII) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) is due to be finalized in 2021. The Second Order Draft (SOD) of the IPCC AR6 WGII report will be open for expert review from 7 August to 2 October 2020. If you want to participate in this group review, please fill in this form no later than May 20th, 2020 (23:59 GMT). The selection criteria will be based on research experience and motivation. Moreover, we will try to balance the selection of applicants based on gender, career stage and country of citizenship. [Read more]
Arctic Circle Forum in Berlin: Postponed
Following consultations with our German hosts on the pandemic challenges now facing Europe and the global community, the Arctic Circle has decided to postpone the Forum in Berlin, which had been scheduled for June 30 - July 1st. Proposals for Sessions will remain valid and our international partners are encouraged to continue their dialogue and preparations for the Forum. A new date for the Forum will be announced in the coming months. [Read more]
GEA Times - Second Issue
One of the main objectives of the GEA project is to put the spotlight on gender equality issues in the Arctic. We have made progress, but there is still a lot of work to be done and we are still working hard at it. We believe that Gender Equality time is now. The GEA Times will serve as a venue for us, and you, to contribute to the discussion and to put focus on gender equality in the Arctic, and to promote events and material related to Arctic gender equality. Last, but definitely not least, we hope that the GEA Times will help strengthen the GEA community. [Read more]
EU: Review of the research knowledge and gaps on fish populations, fisheries and linked ecosystems in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO)
This report presents a review of the research knowledge and gaps on fish populations, fisheries and linked ecosystems in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO). The CAO comprises the deep basins of the Arctic Ocean beyond the shelf break, which largely overlap with the High Seas of the Arctic Ocean, i.e. the marine areas outside the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of the Arctic coastal nations. The authors of the report are members of the European Fisheries Inventory in the Central Arctic Ocean (EFICA) Consortium. This study was funded by the European Commission as an EU contribution to the international cooperation within the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean. [Read more]
UArctic Launches Arctic Learning Resources Collection
At a time when the COVID-19 outbreak means considerable disruptions to the educational operations of our members and more and more teaching moves online, UArctic and its partners are working to collect openly available learning resources to be used as needed by the circumpolar higher education community. Please contact if you have any questions or feedback. Based on the level of response and feedback, we will continue to work with our members and partners to see how we can sustain and develop this effort in future. See the current collection of Arctic Learning Resources[Read more]
Call for Contributions: Northern Notes Spring 2020
Northern Notes 53rd Edition: Call for submissions! Calling for contributions for the next issue of Northern Notes, deadline April 10, 2020. Please look at the IASSA Newsletter page to see previous editions of NorthernNotes content or ask questions if you are unsure if your submission will meet the requirements for the Northern Notes! Contributions may be sent to either:  Natalia Khortseva at Ann Crawford at[Read more]
Celebrating the first 25 years of the European Polar Board, 1995-2020
Throughout 2020, the European Polar Board (EPB) celebrates its 25th Anniversary. During the year, several activities and events are planned to be held at major international Antarctic and Arctic research and policy meetings, details of which will be released via the EPB website and other channels. [Read more]
Get Involved! 
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