The draft Report of the GEO-XIII Plenary that was held from 9-10 November 2016 in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, and the 2016 Report of the GEO Executive Committee are now available:

SAON is a Participating Organisation to GEO as the “Arctic Extension” / liason for GEOSS/GEO.’

INTERACT Transnational Access Call is open for s/s 2017 and a/w 2017/2018

The EU H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) project opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access to 43 research stations across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America. The sites represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. 

Transnational Access includes:

  • Free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs
  • Free access to information and data in the public domain held at the infrastructures

Eligibility of the applicants:

  • The user group leader and the majority of the users must work in a country other than the country(ies) where the installation is located. In other words, a user cannot get access to an infrastructure/installation that is located in the same country where he/she works.
  • There should not be a corresponding infrastructure in the country hosting the institution employing the user group’s leader. If such an infrastructure exists, the applicant should show how the specific conditions of the requested visit cannot be met by this national infrastructure.

The call for applications is open on 4th November -  18th December 2016 for transnational access taking place between March 2017 and April 2018. You can find the TA call information, stations available in the call, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website

The Social and Human Working group of the International Arctic Science Committee is sponsoring the participation of early career scientists or traditional indigenous knowledge holders in a multi-disciplinary workshop at the 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week in Prague with three travels grants. The workshop, "Meaningful multi-disciplinarily and the governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic", explores new ways to define and respond to challenges and opportunities in global, regional, and local governance, as intersections between science, technology, and different societies in the Arctic increase. The sum of each grant is 650€. The deadline for applications is November 27th 2016. The 2017 Arctic Science Summit Week will take place in Prague March 31 - April 7.

Further information about the workshop, eligibility, and applying is available in the attached document.

*** The general call for abstract submissions for the session (24. Meaningful multi-disciplinarity and the governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic: Towardsa more materialistic study of world politics) the workshop is part of is now also open at: ***

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