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National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs DEADLINE April 8: Science Analyst position

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Science Analyst position in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Alexandria, Va. The OPP science analyst contributes to the efforts of the OPP Front Office under the leadership of the office director and senior staff. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs science support and operational changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

NSF is committed to being supportive and as responsive as possible to the needs of the research community in the face of challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) recognizes the particular challenges that COVID-19 poses for the polar research community and wishes to emphasize the following additional information. Continue Reading


NSF/OPP Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems program director vacancy

The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for an Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (AOE) program director’s position within its Office of Polar Programs’ (OPP) Antarctic Sciences Section at NSF’s Alexandria, Va. Headquarters. The application deadline is April 27. Continue Reading


SCAR Open Science Conference Session 4

SCAR Open Science Conference August 3-7, 2020, Hobart, Tasmania. Please consider submitting an abstract to the following session that is of interest to the Antarctic weather and climate community. Session 4 Polar meteorology: short term climate variability. Conveners: David Bromwich, Steve Colwell, and Adriana Gulisano. Continue Reading


NSF Solicitation for a Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Community Office

NSF invites proposals to establish a Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO). Launched in 2016, NNA has been building a growing portfolio of research and planning grants at the intersection of the built, social, and natural environments to improve understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. Continue Reading


Hill joins OPP as Program Director for Arctic Social Sciences

Dr. Erica Hill, from the University of Alaska Southeast, has joined OPP’s Section for Arctic Sciences as the Program Director for the Arctic Social Sciences Program. Dr. Hill is an archaeologist who has worked on projects throughout the US, in Mexico, Peru, and for the last fifteen years, in Alaska. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Arctic Sciences - Open Meeting

Program Directors from NSF’s OPP Arctic Sciences Section will provide an overview of their programs, as well as upcoming opportunities at NSF of interest to Arctic scientists. Where: Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Diego, SDCC – 1B, UL. When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Continue Reading


NSF Office of Polar Programs notice regarding novel coronavirus

The outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV (coronavirus), is of serious concern to the Office of Polar Programs, which supports thousands of researchers, operational personnel, and other visitors to remote stations in the Arctic and Antarctica. As an immediate response, OPP augmented medical screening questions for personnel deploying to Antarctica and Greenland. Medical program staff evaluate responses to a set of diagnostic questions and check for fever. These measures are intended to prevent anyone exposed to coronavirus, Ebola, or other serious respiratory infection from traveling to field stations in the polar regions. Continue Reading


Reminder - NSF Travel Grant Opportunity for 2020 SCAR Open Science Meeting

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) is held every two years and will be in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 3-7 August 2020. The SCAR OSC is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the most recent and important results of Antarctic research in all disciplines at an international venue. The deadline for Applications for the NSF TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY is 3 February 2020. Continue Reading


NSF Travel Grant Opportunity for 2020 SCAR Open Science Meeting

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) is held every two years and will be in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 3-7 August 2020. The SCAR OSC is an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the most recent and important results of Antarctic research in all disciplines at an international venue. The deadline for Applications for the NSF TRAVEL GRANT OPPORTUNITY is 3 February 2020. Continue Reading


Polar Entomology Special Issue Information

This Special Issue invites submissions across all relevant discipines, and both polar regions (including comparative studies with other extreme environments such as desert and alpine regions). Recognising that polar entomologists have traditionally included studies of other "lower" arthropod groups such as Collembola and Acari, we are not restricting this call for papers to the insects "sensu stricto". Deadline extended to 31 January Continue Reading


National Science Foundation new Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Solicitation

The new Fiscal Year 2020 solicitation for the Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) NSF Big Idea has been released and can be found here: NSF 20-514. The full proposal deadline date is: February 11, 2020. Continue Reading


Stieglitz joins NSF's Office of Polar Programs as Program Director for Arctic Natural Sciences

Dr. Marc Stieglitz returns to the Office of Polar Programs, where he will rejoin the Arctic Natural Sciences (ANS) team. He comes from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Continue Reading


Call for a Conference of interest to Life Sciences

The Conference Organizing Committee would like to invite you to the Antarctic Marine Ecosystem Futures Scientific Conference to be held in Moscow, Russia from the 13-15th of May, 2020 co-hosted by WWF Russia and the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of Russian Academy of Sciences. The goal of the Conference is to foster collaboration between scientists studying Antarctic marine ecosystems to inform policy and to highlight the role of collaborative science in Antarctica. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation DEADLINE Oct. 28: Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems program director vacancy

The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for an Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems (AOE) program director’s position within its Office of Polar Programs’ (OPP) Antarctic Sciences Section at NSF’s Alexandria, Va. Headquarters. The AOE program director manages a proposal-driven grants program, and oversees a research portfolio, directed at all levels of biologically related organization from molecular, cellular, and organismal, to communities, ecosystems, and global processes. Continue Reading


NSF Support for engaging students and the public in polar research

NSF’s Education and Human Resources (EHR) and Geosciences (GEO) directorates have formed a partnership to advance and develop understanding of learning environments that build upon the rich interdisciplinary resources emerging from polar investments. EHR’s Research on Learning (DRL) and Undergraduate Education (DUE) divisions and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) encourage the submission of proposals to leverage NSF’s investments in polar sciences and infrastructure, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and foster the next generation of scientists. Continue Reading


New Frontiers in Antarctic Marine Biology symposium at SICB 2020

A symposium on New Frontiers in Antarctic Marine Biology will be featured as a Society Wide Symposium at the 3-7 January 2020 meeting of the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology in Austin, Texas. This symposium, funded in large part by the NSF Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems program, follows in the footsteps of three highly successful, NSF-supported society-wide symposia on Antarctic marine biology that occurred ~ 10, 20, and 30 years ago, respectively. Continue Reading


Request for Abstracts for an AGU session on Fostering Public Engagement in Polar Field Campaigns

At the upcoming AGU 2019 Fall Meeting on December 9-13 in San Francisco, there will be a session on Fostering Public Engagement in Polar Field Campaigns (Session Title: ED029 - Fostering Public Engagement in Polar Field Campaigns). We welcome abstract submissions to this session and provide the relevant information below. The abstract submission deadline is next week, July 31, 2019. Continue Reading


Reminder: AGU Session C022: Investigating the Feedbacks between Solid Earth Properties and the Cryosphere

Just a friendly reminder: the AGU 2019 abstract deadline is only one week away! Please consider submitting an abstract to session C022 “Investigating the Feedbacks between Solid Earth Properties and the Cryosphere”. Conveners: Samantha Hansen, Natalya Gomez, Ricarda Dziadek, Aurelien Mordret Continue Reading


NSF VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Dear Colleague Letter - Program Director in Polar Cyberinfrastructure

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) has issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" (DCL) announcing a nationwide search for a Program Director in Polar Cyberinfrastructure. Formal consideration of applications will begin on July 10, 2019 and will continue until a selection is made. The program director will manage OPP's investments to advance cyberinfrastructure related to polar science and education and has the opportunity to shape future research directions. The successful candidate will be engaged in defining and communicating cyberinfrastructure needs through interactions with the research community, related research programs within OPP, in other divisions of NSF, and in other organizations external to NSF. Continue Reading