Dear Polar Community,

The European Polar Board Strategy Action Group (http://www.europeanpolarboard.org/activities/action-groups/epb-strategy-group/) would like to solicit input from all EPB stakeholders regarding future strategic direction of the European Polar Board. Your views will help the Action Group to develop a clear vision of the objectives and expectations for EPB. Your feedback will form an important input for creating the EPB Strategic Plan. Please help us by filling out a short form (5 questions only!):


The last date for providing your input is Friday, 30th of October.

In case of any queries, please feel free to contact Renuka Badhe, Executive Secretary EPB at


Call for Early Registration
Polar Data Forum II: International Collaboration for
Advancing Polar Data Access and Preservation
27-29 October 2015
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Early bird registration deadline: 31 August 2015

For more information, go to: http://www.polar-data-forum.org/home

To register online, go to: http://www.polar-data-forum.org/registration

Organizers of the Polar Data Forum II: International Collaboration for
Advancing Polar Data Access and Preservation announce a call for early
bird registration. The forum will convene 27-29 October 2015 in
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The Polar Data Forum II (PDF II) will build on successes of the first
Polar Data Forum, which convened during October 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, and
a series of other international and national meetings that have
identified priority themes and key challenges in the domain of polar
data management. PDF II will further refine these themes and
priorities and will accelerate progress by establishing clear actions to
address the target issues, including meeting the needs of society and
science through promotion of open data and effective data stewardship,
establishing sharing and interoperability of data at a variety of
levels, developing trusted data management systems, and ensuring
long-term data preservation. The forum will be held in conjunction with
the scheduled annual meetings of the Arctic Data Committee (ADC) of the
International Arctic Science Committee and Sustaining Arctic Observing
Networks (IASC/SAON) and the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data
Management (SC-ADM) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Organizers welcome data managers, Arctic and Antarctic scientists,
students, aboriginal and northern residents, funding agency
representatives, and others interested in improving management of polar
and other data.

A data management workshop directed at graduate students and early
career researchers interested in preserving research data will be held
on Tuesday, 27 October 2015. The workshop is open to anyone interested
in data management. Attendance will be first come, first served.

A room block has been arranged for reduced accommodation rates. Block
reservation deadline: 21 September 2015.

For more information about block reservations, go to: 

Limited travel funding support for students, early career researchers,
and indigenous participants is available. For more information about
travel funding please contact the Local Organizing Committee online:

Travel funding application deadline: Monday, 31 August 2015.

Early bird reservation deadline: 

Reservation ends: 30 September 2015.

For more information, and to register online, go to:

For further information, including excursions to Toronto and Niagara
Falls, please see: http://www.polar-data-forum.org.

UPCOMING EVENT: ASSW & AOS Informational Webinar

Join Hajo Eicken, Interim Director at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Peter Schlosser, Deputy Director and Director of Research at Columbia University's Earth Institute for a informational webinar about the 2016 Arctic Science Summit Week and Arctic Observing Summit.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM AKDT (Find the time in your time zone.)

Pre-registration for webinars is strongly encouraged and can be completed here: https://accap.uaf.edu/?q=AOS2016

The audio portion of the webinar is through a toll-free phone line and the slide presentation is streamed via computer. For instructions on participating through your home office or at a satellite viewing location with others in your community, please see the webinar instructions here: https://accap.uaf.edu/?q=webinars

The upcoming 3rd Arctic Observing Summit, AOS 2016, will be held at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, March 15-18, 2016, in conjunction with Arctic Science Summit Week (March 12-15) and the 2016 Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials meeting (March 15-17).

The AOS Executive Organizing Committee has selected a set of themes based on needs and recommendations from AOS 2013, AOS 2014, community Town Hall meetings, and previous white paper contributions. Please see our AOS 2016 Themes below or visit this link for more detailed descriptions.

We look forward to receiving community input in the form of AOS WHITE PAPER AND SHORT STATEMENT CONTRIBUTIONS. THIS CALL IS NOW OPEN! For more information about Fairbanks, the University of Alaska, Fairbanksand other important meetings and side events associated with ASSW 2016, please visit the ASSW 2016 homepage. The AOS is SAON's outreach platform. 



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