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SCAR International Biology Symposium - Travel Grant Opportunity

Applications for partial travel support (airfare and meeting registration) are sought from students, post-doctoral researchers and other scientists at US institutions (funding cannot be provided to anyone at a non-US institution) to attend the SCAR International Biology Symposium. Preference will be given to early career investigators (students and those within 5 years of completing PhD). Individuals from underrepresented groups in the sciences (i.e., women, persons with disabilities, blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians) are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 4 Jan 2017 Continue Reading


2017 Glacial Seismology Training School – APPLY NOW

A training school focused on exploring glacial seismology will be held from 11-17 June 2017 on the campus of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. The program will include lectures and practical exercises aimed at current and emergent seismological studies of glacial dynamics, structure, seismogenic processes, and seismic observables. Continue Reading


SCAR Biology Symposium Travel Survey (for US participants only)

The SCAR Biology Symposium will be held 10-14 July 2017 in Leuven, Belgium. US SCAR representatives are considering submission of a proposal to the NSF Division of Polar Programs which, if funded, would provide partial travel support for US participants, particularly those early in their careers and for which other NSF travel funding is not available. In order to gauge potential demand for travel funds, an indication of interest is requested from the US SCAR community. Please complete the survey by Monday, 3 October. Continue Reading


Microbial Antarctic Resource System (mARS) update and SCAR Open Science meeting plans

mARS is an information system dedicated to facilitate the discovery, access and analysis of molecular microbial diversity (meta)data generated by Antarctic researchers. There will be two mARS meetings at SCAR2016. Additional updates on the mARS program are also given. Continue Reading


Request for Community Input - NSF/Polar Programs

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, the reporting structure of Polar Programs within The National Science Foundation (NSF) was realigned from the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) to the Division of Polar Programs (PLR) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). NSF has posted a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeking community input in evaluating the change of structure. The deadline for community input is July 21, 2016. Continue Reading


Polar Weather & Climate Week June 2016

Deadlines for the Polar Weather and Climate Week at the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center at Ohio State University, June 4-8, 2016, are rapidly approaching. *May 5, 2016* is the last date to get the group rate for the conference hotel. *May 9, 2016* is the deadline for registration and abstract submission. Continue Reading


SCAR-COMNAP-APECS Fellowship Application webinar

Preparing a successful fellowship application is a skill. Often, lack of success with applications is not due to a poor research idea but comes down to the inability to express clearly and confidently, in writing, your research to someone else. Everyone’s writing skills can be improved and be made more effective. This mentoring activity is designed to help early career persons with developing their fellowship proposal writing skills. It is particularly meant for young researchers in countries with a small or just developing Antarctic research community that may not have adequate mentoring in their home institutions. Continue Reading


Travel Grant Application for SCAR-OSC 2016

The application form to request travel funds to attend the XXXIV SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is now available for download at the U.S. SCAR web site. To apply for travel funds, download the application form and send it, together with your submitted OSC abstract, to Cristina Millan by March 15th, 2016. Continue Reading


New Director of Education & Public Outreach for the Ice Drilling Program Office

After many successful years of leading the education and public outreach program for the Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO), Lind Morris has retired. Louise Huffman is the new Director of Education and Public Outreach for IDPO. Continue Reading


SCAR OSC Side Meeting Schedule now available

The Side Meeting Schedule for the SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 20-30 August is now available. Many of these meeting are open and we especially encourage those who many not have participated in a SCAR group before to join a meeting and learn more about what SCAR does and how you can get involved. The abstract deadline is 14 February and the early bird registration rate deadline is 5 May. Continue Reading


Travel Funds Anticipated for U.S. Participants in the 2016 SCAR Open Science Conference

It is expected that funds will be available to support participation of U.S. scientists in the 7th biennial SCAR Open Science Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme is Antarctica in the Global Earth System: from the Poles to the Tropics. Funds are intended primarily to support early-career scientists , graduate students and individuals who would increase the diversity of the polar science community. Individuals at all levels (students to senior researchers) interested in engaging in international collaborative activities and, potentially, assuming active leadership roles in SCAR groups, are particularly encouraged to participate. The application deadline is March 15th, 2016. Continue Reading


Antarctic Organizations Launch Fellowships for 2016

Three leading Antarctic organizations today announce opportunities for early-career researchers. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) are working together to attract talented early-career researchers, scientists, engineers and other professionals to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in fields such as climate, biodiversity, conservation, humanities and astrophysics research. Continue Reading


Polar Weather and Climate Week, Ohio State Univ., June 4-9, 2016

The Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center is holding the following scientific meetings: (1) International Workshop on Coupled Modeling of Polar Environments, June 4-5, 2016. (2) Year of Polar Prediction – Southern Hemisphere (YOPP-SH) Planning Meeting, morning June 6, 2016. (3) The 11th Antarctic Meteorological Observation, Modeling & Forecasting Workshop, Afternoon June 6- June 8, 2016. (4) International Symposium on Atmospheric Boundary Layers in High Latitudes, June 9, 2016. Registration deadline: Friday May 6. Extended abstracts deadline: Monday May 9, 2016. Continue Reading


SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference Registration Open

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22-26 August 2016. This conference will focus on Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the world. Early bird registration is available at a reduced rate until 5 May. The deadline for abstracts is 14 February. Continue Reading


Paul Cutler - Antarctic Integrated System Science Program Director

Dr. Paul Cutler has been appointed as Program Director for the Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) Program within the Antarctic Sciences Section of the Division of Polar Programs, Directorate for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF). This appointment is effective 13 December 2015. Continue Reading


Call for Abstracts: SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference

We would like to announce the Call for Abstracts for the SCAR 2016 Open Science Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22-26 August 2016. This conference will focus on Antarctica in the Global Earth System: From the Poles to the Tropics and how the changes that we are currently seeing in Antarctica will affect the rest of the world. The submission of abstracts is open until 14 February. Early bird registration ends on 5 May. Continue Reading


Opportunity: Training School on near-earth space data - ESPAS

A training school aimed at PhD students and early-career scientists on the use of the ESPAS system will be held October 19-23, 2015, at the Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Application deadline is August 31, 2015. Continue Reading


Upcoming Report Release and Webinar: A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research

The National Academies' Polar Research Board is pleased to announce that the report "A Strategic Vision for NSF Investments in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research" will be released on Tuesday, August 11 at 11:00 AM EDT. You are invited to join us for a webinar presentation and discussion of the report on August 11th at 1:00 PM EDT. Continue Reading


AGU Session on Polar Reanalyses - Final Reminder

Please consider submitting an abstract to the following AGU session. Session Title. A101: Utility and quality of reanalyses in the polar regions (Session ID: 8005). Deadline is August 5, 2015. Session conveners are David Bromwich and James Renwick. Continue Reading


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Antarctic Sea Ice Variability in the Southern Climate-Ocean System: A Workshop

The Polar Research Board (PRB) and the Ocean Studies Board (OSB) are pleased to announce a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine workshop on ‘Antarctic Sea Ice Variability in the Southern Climate-Ocean System’. This workshop is sponsored by NASA, NSF, and ONR. It will assess current understanding of processes driving Antarctic sea ice changes--including controls on decadal-scale growth and recent surge in Antarctic sea ice extent, whether or not these changes remain within the expected range of natural climate variability, and why climate models continue to fail in simulating them. We are seeking nominations for membership on the ad hoc committee that the Academies will appoint to plan the workshop. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 17. Continue Reading