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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


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

AGU 2019 abstracts are now being accepted! Please consider submitting an abstract to AGU session C022 “Investigating the Feedbacks between Solid Earth Properties and the Cryosphere”.The abstract submission deadline is July 31, 2019. Conveners: Samantha Hansen, Natalya Gomez, Ricarda Dziadek, Aurelien Mordret Continue Reading


Post Doc Opportunity with Thwaites-TARSAN Project

A full-time 12-month (extendable to 24 or more) Postdoctoral Scholar (postdoc) position located in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University is available. For full consideration apply by May 15, 2019. The successful applicant will join a team of glaciologists, atmospheric scientists, and oceanographers studying the Thwaites Glacier and Amundsen Sea System in Antarctica. This project (TARSAN: Thwaites-Amundsen Regional Survey and Network) focuses on the interactions between the floating ice shelves and the ocean circulation in the Amundsen Sea. Continue Reading


Call for Papers: Special Issue “Polar Regions in the Global Climate System”

Advances in Polar Science (APS) will publish a special issue with the theme ‘Polar Regions in the Global Climate System’ as a lasting outcome of the 8th Malaysian International Seminar on Antarctica, which will be held from the 18th to the 20th of June 2019, at Universiti Putra Malaysia. This issue will be part of APS Volume 31 and will be issue number 2 of 2020 as general issue. Continue Reading


NSF VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Manager (Transportation)

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Program Manager (Transportation) position in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA. The AIL Section is responsible for planning, budgeting, and overseeing the science support, infrastructure, operations, and logistics support for the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). Continue Reading


NSF VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Manager (Logistics)

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Program Manager (Logistics) position in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA. The AIL Section is responsible for planning, budgeting, and overseeing the science support, infrastructure, operations, and logistics support for the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). Continue Reading


NSF VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Physical Science Administrator (Program Director)

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Physical Science Administrator (Program Director) position in the Arctic Natural Sciences Program, within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA. The Arctic Natural Sciences (ANS) Program serves as the program that supports research that is focused on disciplinary and interdisciplinary investigations related to understanding Arctic processes, including how those processes are changing in the rapidly changing Arctic system. Continue Reading


NSF VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Dear Colleague Letter - Program Director, Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences

The Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) in the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs (OPP) announces a nationwide search for a Program Director in the Antarctic Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences Program (AAGS). Formal consideration of interested applications will begin on April 15, 2019, and will continue until a selection is made. The AAGS Program funds cutting-edge, transformative, and emerging research in astronomy and astrophysics that uses Antarctica as an observing platform or investigates the role of the Antarctic upper atmosphere in global environmental processes. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Research on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Contexts

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has publicly communicated its commitment to promoting safe, productive research and education environments for current and future scientists and engineers, including efforts to help reduce sexual harassment and other forms of harassment in STEM contexts. Recently, to learn about the challenges related to sexual harassment in STEM settings, NSF and other organizations funded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to conduct a study on the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in science and engineering departments and programs. Continue Reading


DEADLINE July 1, 2019: Solicitation for proposals Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

NSF Office of Polar Programs' Antarctic Artists and Writers Program facilitates writing and the creation of art to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and of human endeavors-specifically scientific research-- on the southernmost continent. Proposed projects must target audiences in the U.S. and must be distributed or exhibited in the United States. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Repurposing the Alaska Transportable Array to Support Observations of Arctic Environmental Change

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Section for Arctic Sciences (ARC) of the Office of Polar Programs announces its interest in proposals to repurpose a subset of stations of the Alaska Transportable Array. This DCL encourages proposals to modify and operate a network of stations with a view to provide long-term environmental observations. Continue Reading


Modernization of NSF’s logistics hub in Antarctica ready to move forward

The National Science Board (NSB) has authorized the National Science Foundation (NSF) to move forward with the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project. AIMS is planned as a 10-year undertaking to overhaul McMurdo Station into an energy- and operationally efficient platform from which to support world-class science. Continue Reading


National Science Foundation Job Opportunity - Biological Science Administrator (Program Director)

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is the designated single point manager for the United States Antarctic Program. The Antarctic Sciences Section (ANT) supports research in all areas of science in Antarctica and works in close collaboration with OPP's Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL), other parts of OPP and NSF, other U.S. Agencies, and National programs in other countries in supporting forefront research in Antarctica. The incumbent will be responsible for managing a dynamic proposal driven research grants program. Continue Reading


CORRECTION: NNA PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED, March 4. Announcing new NNA Office Hours

The proposal deadline for Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) has been extended to March 4, 2019. Join one of the virtual office hours with NNA Program Officers to learn more about Navigating the New Arctic Solicitation 19-511 and get your questions answered. Continue Reading