The next meetings of the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management and the Arctic Data Committee will be held from 16 till 18 September 2017 in conjunction with the 10th RDA Plenary in Montreal. The venue will be Centre Mont-Royal, Montreal, Canada.  Limited space is available at the meeting venue, so we would ask that your confirm your meeting attendance as soon as possible (RSVP ).  Please include which meetings you wish to attend.

Saturday 16 September and Sunday 17 September will be separate meetings of SCADM and ADC. Monday 18 September will be a joint meeting of SCADM and ADC. All days the meetings will start around 9 and end by the latest at 6. We are working on a detailed agenda for the meetings, this will be distributed later.

For information about travel, accommodation and visa information please have a look at If you only attend the ADC and/or SCADM meeting and need an invitation letter please contact us.

To attend the RDA Plenary you must register trough the RDA website at (early bird registration is available until 14 August 2017 midnight EDT). The RDA Plenary will close 21 September early in the afternoon.

More detailed information about the SCADM and ADC meetings will be posted soon at

Kind regards,

Anton van der Putte (SCADM Chair)

Peter Pulsifer (ADC Chair), Stein Tronstad & Marten Tacoma (ADC Vice-chairs)

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) is pleased to announce that the next Arctic Research Seminar featuring Sandra Starkweather (NOAA/U.S. AON) will be held Friday, 21July 2017 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET in the ARCUS D.C. office at 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C. or online for the webinar live-stream.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2017 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET 
Speaker: Sandra Starkweather, NOAA/U.S Arctic Observing Network
Presentation Title: The U.S. Arctic Observing Network – Mobilizing Interagency Observing Actions in an Era of Rapid Change 

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The Polar-Computing RCN is pleased to announce the 2nd HPC-Polar Hackathon to be held at the IACS at Stony Brook University from 01-04 August, 2017.  Submissions are welcome. Please see a flyer for details of the event and how to apply. A rolling deadline of June 15. Click here to access the application template.  

Svalbard Science Conference – call for abstract is open

The Svalbard Science Conference - cooperation for the future, will take place 6 - 8 November. The goal is to stimulate and inspire scientists in a way that advances research from Svalbard. 

Call for abstract is open: programme, registration and call for abstract.

The conference is hosted by the Research Council of Norway and Svalbard Science Forum in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC).

The rise of technological pessimism and political populism as well as the endurance of climate change skepticism are a few examples of social phenomena that are challenging the conduct of scientific research in the Arctic. The unprecedented nature of anthropomorphic global warming is, in turn, an example of the kind of techno-scientific uncertainty that the organization of the future governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic needs to take into consideration. This early-career workshop discusses challenges and opportunities for inter-disciplinary coordination and multi-stakeholder cooperation in the Arctic through the notion of boundary object from Science Technology Studies (STS).

The first part of the session is a roundtable-session with presentations from three early-career and three senior-scientists about their experiences in participating and organizing multi-disciplinary or multi-stakeholder workshops or projects that have, in one way or another, used specific material entities to facilitate communication and cooperation between participants from different social worlds (Thursday 6.4. at 14.-15.30 in the Virgo Room).

The second part of the session follows a more traditional workshop format. It starts with an in depth presentation of the kind of work the boundary object notion has been applied to in STS. This presentation is followed by a set of individual and group exercises in communicating one’s own work, interests and goals to different audiences and social worlds by using the insights of this notion.

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