Arctic Forum Planned for May 2012
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Witness the Arctic provides information on current arctic research efforts and findings, significant research initiatives, national policy affecting arctic research, international activities, and profiles of institutions with major arctic research efforts. Witness serves an audience of arctic scientists, educators, agency personnel, and policy makers. Witness was published biannually in hardcopy from 1995-2008 (archives are available below) and is currently published online 3-4 times annually, depending on newsworthy events.
With the Spring 2009 issue, ARCUS changed the format of Witness the Arctic. To provide more frequent updates and reduce printing and mailing costs and associated environmental impacts, the newsletter is now distributed online in three or four shorter issues per year, depending on newsworthy events.
The Arctic Forum 2012 and the 24th ARCUS Annual Meeting will convene 1-2 May 2012 in Washington, D.C. The Arctic Forum will take place on Tuesday, 1 May at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. It is being held as part of a larger Science Policy Conference hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), aimed at natural and social scientists and decision makers. The Forum will focus on science that helps inform stakeholders' decision-making processes. Assessing gaps and priority needs for arctic scientific information, the Forum will address three themes:
- Governance and Security in the Arctic,
- Energy Development in the Arctic, and
- Changing Arctic Ecosystems.
The Forum will examine the current state of decision-maker and public understanding of the issues. An important goal will be to foster an increased capacity for dialogue on arctic science policy issues.
Further information, including registration and the agenda, will be posted on the conference website: http://sites.agu.org/spconference.
The ARCUS Annual Meeting will take place on the morning of Wednesday, 2 May at the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center. The Annual Meeting serves to gather ARCUS member institution representatives, board members, and staff for an update on ARCUS programs and activities. The wider arctic community, agency personnel, and policymakers are invited to attend.
For questions on the Arctic Forum or the Annual Meeting, please contact ARCUS (info [at] arcus [dot] org) or call 907-474-1600.