ASSW 2017 – Call for Session Proposals

Organizers of the Arctic Science Summit Week 2017 in Prague (Czech Republic) on 31 March – 7 April 2017 are now accepting session proposals for the ASSW 2017 Science Symposium, entitled „A Dynamic Arctic in Global Change“. The Science Symposium will be on 4-7 April 2017 and address the three sub-themes: (a) Changes in the Arctic, (b) Global Implications of Arctic Changes and (c) Impacts of Global Change on the Arctic. More information is available on the conference website:

An online form to submit session proposals, including a brief session description, the contact information of the proposed session conveners and other session details and suggestions for the meeting, is available here:

To facilitate the participation of early career scientists and indigenous peoples, the organizers recommend that each session proposal includes one early career scientist co-convener and/or one indigenous co-convener, if applicable. Session proposals should also consider the overall geographic and gender balance of the proposed co-conveners.

The tasks of the conveners include:

  • soliciting submissions for their session;
  • reviewing the abstracts submitted for the session;
  • working with the Scientific Steering Committee to arrange the program of their session, including oral and poster presentations and
  • chairing the session. 

Depending on the session proposals received, the Scientific Steering Committee will possibly have to merge similar sessions.

Session proposal can be submitted until 30th June 2016. Lead conveners will be notified in July and the final list of sessions will be announced September 2016Abstract submission will open on 1st October 2016 with a submission deadline not earlier than 30th November 2016 and notification of acceptance after 15th January 2017.

Any question should be directed to: 

ASSW 2017 Scientific Steering Committee

Josef Elster, University of South Bohemia – Local Host, Conference Chair

Alex Bernardova, University of South Bohemia – Local Host, Conference Manager

Renuka Badhe, European Polar Board (EPB)

Hanne Christiansen, International Permafrost Association (IPA)

Jim Drummond, Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO)

Sung-Ho Kang, The Pacific Arctic Group (PAG)

Kirsi Latola, The University of the Arctic (UArctic)

Maarten Loonen, Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC)

Vladimir Pavlenko, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

Volker Rachold, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) – ex officio

Peter Sköld, International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)

Jannie Staffansson, Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples Secretariat (IPS)

Tun Jan Young, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

Dr. Volker Rachold

Executive Secretary

International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)

Telegrafenberg A43, 14473 Potsdam, Germany 

Secretariat +49-331-2882214 

Direct +49-331-2882212 
Mobile +49-160-90664174 
Fax +49-331-2882215

The 2016 Arctic Observing Summit Conference Statement with recommendations is available here

The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is launching an international call for bids to host the International Directorate for the organisation starting February 2017.

Expressions of interests from interested institutions/countries are being accepted until 30 April 2016. The deadline for full bids is 20 June 2016.

APECS is the preeminent international and interdisciplinary organization for early career researchers with interests in Polar and Alpine regions and the wider Cryosphere. With the current funding agreements for the APECS international directorate coming to a close on 31 January 2017, we are looking for a new host(s) and sponsor(s) starting February 2017.

The International Directorate is the secretariat of APECS serving as the main contact point for members and partners, coordinating the day-to-day management of the organisation, providing support for APECS activities, projects, and committees while also providing continuity and institutional memory. It currently includes one full-time position (Executive Director). Due to the enthusiasm of our growing community, and its accordant commitments, collaborations, number of projects, and organizational needs, additional funded positions (part-time or full-time) supporting the work of the secretariat are also sought located either at the main secretariat host or at other institutions.

Detailed information regarding the call for bids can be found at For questions please contact the APECS Executive Director Dr. Gerlis Fugmann at or the APECS Executive Committee at %3cmailto:<a href="/>


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