Event Type

The Arctic in the Anthropocene

Event Dates

ASSW 2023 will be held in Vienna, Austria from 17 - 24 February 2023. Organizers are now accepting session proposals for the ASSW 2023 Science Symposium entitled “The Arctic in the Anthropocene”.

Never before has the Arctic experienced such a high pressure by human impact either by local environmental disturbances or by global climate change leading to long-term changes and massive challenges to the resistance and resilience of polar ecological systems and Arctic societies. The Arctic Science Summit Week 2023 will bring together scientists, Indigenous people, Arctic community members, and Arctic science stakeholders from all over the world to present and discuss the most recent advances on Arctic knowledge in the natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities as well as in the field of Indigenous knowledge. Besides the major Arctic focus of ASSW 2023, the OSC will also be an opportunity to foster research synergies between both Polar Regions, with sessions that integrate Arctic and Antarctica in order to understand global dimensions of anthropogenic impact.

The OSC will have plenary lectures and a large number of parallel science sessions, accepting both oral and poster presentations. Organizers invite the Arctic community to propose sessions of relevant topics in all science fields, framed in the overall conference theme “The Arctic in the Anthropocene”. IASC aims to bridge gaps in Arctic science, and therefore the hope is that session conveners will embrace this international and interdisciplinary approach in their proposed sessions. The OSC organizers hope to see a diverse set of sessions submitted by diverse groups of conveners.

The ASSW was initiated by International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) in 1999 to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organizations involved in Arctic research and to economize on travel and time. Over the years the summit evolved into the most important annual gathering of the Arctic research organizations.

The Conference is organized by the Austrian PolarResearch Institute (APRI), the Austrian Arctic Community, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and partners. The venue will be the University of Vienna, one of the oldest universities in Europe. To meet the requirements of a potential influence of Covid-19 on the conference, but also to make the event as CO2 friendly as possible, the conference is planned as a hybrid event.

Important Dates

  • 5 June 2022: The call for sessions deadline
  • May - October 2022: Call for Community / Business Meetings
  • July - September 2022: Call for Abstracts
  • October 2022: Notification of Abstract Acceptance
  • November 2022: Registration opens