Upcoming Events

When: 
Thu, 10/22/2020
Where: 

The BEST Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of the new call for proposals for the EU and UK Overseas Countries and Territories.

This grant scheme is designed to provide effective support for actions on the ground carried out by local stakeholders. The maximum amount and duration of a project are respectively €60,000 and 19 months. It has been adapted to cope with the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak and extended to circular economy solutions preserving ecosystems and reducing pressure on biodiversity.

Speaker: Dr. Kimberley R. Miner, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and University of Maine
When: 
Thu, 10/22/2020
Where: 
Online: 10:00-11:30 pm AKDT, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT

Learn how the cascading impacts of Arctic permafrost melt threaten humans, settlements, species, and our shared planet.

When: 
Fri, 10/23/2020
Where: 
Online: 5:00-6:30 am AKDT, 9:00-10:30 pm EDT

We are heading towards another winter and already started getting the view of northern lights in Svalbard. It makes perfect timing for our next webinar on studying polar atmosphere using Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) cusp rocket missions in Svalbard on 23rd October 2020, Friday, during 15:00 - 16:30 (CEST). This webinar covers the following four talks:

When: 
Fri, 10/23/2020
Where: 
Online: 5:00-6:30 am AKDT, 9:00-10:30 am EDT, 3:00-4:30 pm CEST

Register to the webinar at the link above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PROGRAMME (All times in CEST):

15:00 - 15:10 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer):
Welcome, updates from SIOS-KC and introduction to the webinar

15:10 - 15:25 Jøran Moen (UNIS):
GCI-Cusp history and its relevance to Svalbard studies

5 min break for questions and leg stretching

When: 
Mon, 10/26/2020 to Fri, 10/30/2020
Where: 
Online

The European Commission (Directorate General for Research and Innovation) and the European Space Agency are working together to improve cooperation and to identify the grand science challenges in Polar research that may drive joint EC-ESA scientific activities in the coming years. The European Polar Science Week is one of the first results of this increased cooperation between the two organisations.

The event will take place online and will comprise different type of sessions promoting different levels of interaction with the community:

Speaking: Dr. Claudine Hauri, University of Alaska Fairbanks
When: 
Tue, 10/27/2020
Where: 
Online: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AKDT, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT

Ocean acidification and climate change are quickly altering the Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem. Dr. Hauri will present her latest modeling results on how ocean acidification has changed the marine habitats of some of Alaska’s most important species. She will also demonstrate how her publicly available model output can be easily used to study the seascape of the Gulf of Alaska.

Please follow the link above to register.

New Perspectives on the World's Most Challenging Arena for Maritime Commerce
When: 
Tue, 10/27/2020 to Fri, 10/30/2020
Where: 
Online

COVID-19 Update:

Our annual Arctic Shipping Forum Helsinki and Arctic Shipping North America conferences have moved online. We look forward to bringing together the who's who of the Arctic shipping industry in this new virtual format to learn, connect and move forward together.


Developing technological capabilities. Improving emergency response. Securing a sustainable future for shipping in the Arctic.

Follow the link above for more information.

When: 
Tue, 10/27/2020
Where: 
Online: 10:30-11:05 am AKDT, 2:30-3:05 pm EDT

Join us for a panel to illuminate polar research and achievements by those who identify as women.

When: 
Wed, 10/28/2020
Where: 
Online: 7:30-9:00 am AKDT, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT

The second Arctic Resilience Forum will be held online as a series of ten weekly webinars launching on October 7, 2020. Each session touches on a specific aspect of Arctic resilience, ranging from food security and Indigenous youth leadership, to gender, energy and connectivity. The forum seeks to actively engage participants in conversations about how to build resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems. It offers the opportunity to discuss concrete best practices and experiences from the Council and the broader community of circumpolar experts and knowledge holders.

When: 
Wed, 10/28/2020 to Fri, 10/30/2020
Where: 
Online

The event will be held online on 28-30 October 2020. Additional information on the virtual event will be provided in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


This workshop aims at assessing the latest advancement in the use of EO technology for Polar science, exploring the main challenges and opportunities for the coming decade and consulting with the community to contribute to define a common scientific agenda for the future.