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National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: support for engaging students and the public in polar research

NSF’s Geosciences and Education and Human Resources directorates have issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) to encourage the submission of proposals that “will leverage the extensive [NSF] investment in polar sciences and infrastructure, and [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] education research and development, to promote an informed citizenry and the next generation of polar scientists.” Continue Reading


Workshop: Antarctic Ecosystem Research following Ice Shelf Collapse and Iceberg Calving Events

We cordially invite you to participate in the Workshop titled “Antarctic Ecosystem Research following Ice Shelf Collapse and Iceberg Calving Events” to be held at Florida State University, Coastal and Marine Laboratory, on 18 and 19 November 2017. This workshop is being organized by Drs. Jeroen Ingels (Florida State University), Rich Aronson (Florida Institute of Technology), and Craig R. Smith (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Continue Reading


Polar Research Board AGU Session: Understanding Ice Sheet Surface Melt

The National Academies' Polar Research Board is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for an AGU session that may be of interest: Understanding Ice Sheet Surface Melt. Invited Speakers: David Bromwich, Ohio State University and Alison Banwell, University of Cambridge Conveners: John Cassano, Sarah Das, Sridhar Anandakrishnan, Lauren Everett. The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Continue Reading


Year of Polar Prediction Launched

A concerted international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic has been launched to minimize the environmental risks and maximize the opportunities associated with rapid climate change in polar regions and to close the current gaps in polar forecasting capacity. The Year of Polar Prediction takes place from mid-2017 to mid-2019 in order to cover an entire year in both the Arctic and Antarctic and involves the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and a wide array of partners around the globe. Continue Reading


New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the NSF Antarctic Research Program Solicitation (NSF 17-543)

The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs has issued a new FAQ to address specific questions regarding proposal submittals to its Antarctic Research program solicitation. The deadline for full proposals is 5:00 PM, at the submitter's local time, on May 23, 2017. Continue Reading


U.S. National Academies Call for Nominations: Polar Research Board

The Polar Research Board (PRB) is the focal point within the U.S. National Academies for providing independent advice to the federal government and others on issues related to the Arctic and Antarctic. The PRB is seeking candidates with expertise and practical experience across all areas of polar science (both physical and social sciences), engineering, and policy. Deadline for Nominations: Friday, April 28. Continue Reading


Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Employment Opportunities

The Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), at the National Science Foundation announces a nationwide search for outstanding scientists to fill open Program Director positions to assist in research program management in programmatic areas of Arctic Sciences, Antarctic Sciences, and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics. Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin April 1, 2017 and will continue until selections are made. Continue Reading


Reminder: Grad. Student/Early Career Funding for June 17 Ant. Weather & Climate Workshop

The Physical Science Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Commission on Polar Meteorology (ICPM) of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) have provided funding to support the participation of graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) and early career scientists (within 5 years of graduation of either Ph.D. or M.S.) in the Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate at NCAR June 26-28, 2017. Deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2017. Continue Reading


Submission of proposals to new Antarctic research program solicitation, deadline May 23, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs has issued a new solicitation for Antarctic research proposals. The deadline for full proposals is 5 p.m., at the submitter's local time, on May 23. Continue Reading


NSF Advanced Training Program in Antarctica for Early Career Scientists: Biological Adaptations to Environmental Change

This US National Science Foundation sponsored Antarctic Biology Course will be held during January 2018 in Antarctica, at the United States Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station. The training program is designed to provide early-career scientists with opportunities to work in Antarctica and to study polar biology. Applications are invited from graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program and researchers who have completed a Ph.D. within the past five years. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 17, 2017. Continue Reading


2017 Glacial Seismology Training School - APPLY NOW at www.polenet.org

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. The deadline to apply is 31 January 2017. Continue Reading


NSF seeks Program Director, Antarctic Earth Sciences Program: Deadline, open until filled

The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (NSF/OPP) seeks candidates for Program Director of the Antarctic Earth Sciences (AES) Program. This position will replace Dr. Thomas Wilch, who will leave the foundation in summer 2017 after managing the AES program for two years. Application deadline: open until filled. Continue Reading


New NSF Program Director, Antarctic Glaciology

Dr. Paul Cutler has been appointed as the new Program Director for Antarctic Glaciology within the Office of Polar Programs' (OPP) Antarctic Sciences Section. His appointment began on January 2, 2017. Dr. Cutler has served for the past year as the Program Director for the Antarctic Integrated System Science Program within OPP’s Antarctic Sciences Section. Continue Reading


Nov 30 Deadline - Sessions for SCAR-IASC open science conference 2018

The organizers of POLAR2018 are now accepting session proposals for the joint SCAR and IASC Open Science Conference “Where the Poles meet“, which will be held on 19 - 23 June 2018. Session proposal submission deadlineis 30 November 2016. Continue Reading


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