Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2015, ISAR-4 and ICARP III Symposium

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 23 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

Where: Toyama, Japan

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ASSW is the annual gathering of international organizations engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research. The purpose of the summit is to provide opportunities for coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science. IASC's (International Arctic Science Committee) 25th anniversary will be celebrated during ASSW2015. The summit presents an opportunity to review IASC contributions and recognize those who have been instrumental in its founding, development and growth. ASSW2015 will also include the 3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) and the 4th International Symposium on the Arctic Research (ISAR-4). These four-day symposia create a platform for exchanging knowledge, inspiring cross fertilization, and promoting collaboration. The summit attracts scientists, students, policy makers and other professionals from all over the world.

The combined four day ISAR-4 and ICARP III Symposium will be composed of plenary presentations, panel discussions and parallel sessions addressing both the ISAR-4 theme “Rapid change of the Arctic climate system and its global influence” and the ICARP III theme “Integrating Arctic Research: a Roadmap for the Future”. It will also present an opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and to recognize those who have been instrumental in its founding, development and growth.

The ISAR-4 part of the symposium will be directed to detecting and understanding recent changes in the Arctic, with a specific focus on processes affecting the global system. It also aims to facilitate scientific discussions and to enhance further national and international cooperation and collaboration, in particular between Arctic and non-Arctic countries. The discussions will include the direction and expected outcomes of Japan ́s Green Network of Excellence (GRENE) Arctic Climate Research Project.

ICARP is an Arctic Science Conference, convened periodically by IASC and its partners to identify key scientific ques- tions and issues. Ten years after ICARP II and building on the outcome of the IPY 2007/2008, ICARP III provides a framework

  • to identify Arctic science priorities for the next decade;
  • to coordinate various Arctic research agendas;
  • to inform policy makers, people who live in or near the Arctic and the global community and
  • to build constructive relationships between producers and users of knowledge.

ICARP III was formally launched at the ASSW 2014 and includes a series of events and activities in 2014/2015. The ISAR-4 and ICARP III Symposium at ASSW 2015 will mark the closure and culmination of ICARP III and the sympo- sium will present and discuss the outcome of the planning process, namely a consensus statement identifying the most important Arctic research needs for the next decade and a roadmap for research priorities and partnerships.

Important Dates:

  • 30 June 2014 – Call for Sessions closes
  • September 2014 – ASSW2015 Third Circular opens, Registration starts, Call for Abstract starts
  • November 2014 – Call for Abstract closes
  • December 2014 – Acceptance Notice for Abstract
  • Early in February 2015 – Program opens
  • Late in February 2015 – Early-bird closes
  • Late in March 2015 – Registration closes