2020 Polar Technology Conference Call for Abstracts

Deadline: 24 January 2020, 5:00 p.m. Alaska time

The Polar Technology Conference (PTC) organizers announce a call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

The Polar Technology Conference will bring together polar scientists, technology developers, and field technicians from academia, state and federal agencies, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations during 10-12 March 2020 in Boulder, Colorado. The goal of the meeting is to link experts in polar science and technology development to discuss current technological resources for polar research and identify barriers to research and application of technology for problems unique to polar regions.

More information on the PTC background, goals, objectives, and expected outcomes are provided here: http://www.polartechnologyconference.org/

Registration Information

There is no registration fee for the PTC. Registration is limited to 100 participants, and will be first-come, first-served. Presenting authors of submitted abstracts will be given priority registration until Friday, 24 January 2020. Abstract selection notifications will be sent by 7 February 2020. When you submit your abstract, you will receive an email confirmation that contains a link to the priority conference registration form. General registration will open for all attendees on Friday, 24 January and close either on 9 March 2020 or when the conference has reached capacity.

Conference Format and Call for Abstracts

The format of the conference will consist of approximately 100 participants, with keynote and plenary presentations, panel discussions, and poster sessions.

We welcome abstracts for oral and poster presentations that address one or more of the below listed topics. Oral presentations, which are expected to be 20 minutes in length, will be in plenary, and may be live-streamed (details forthcoming). Most accepted abstracts will be for poster presentations due to the limited number of plenary slots. Both oral and poster presentations should address a broad, transdisciplinary audience. Talks and posters should address the leading edges of problems and/or solutions for each Topic listed below.

Themes and Topics

  1. Science Drivers: Key research needs for improving observations and monitoring from multiple domains of polar science.
  2. Power Systems: Transmission, storage, and alternative energy generation.
  3. Instrumentation: Advances in instrumentation across all types of platforms and access.
  4. Communications: Satellites, data-transmission-limited environments, and telemetry.
  5. Data Access and Sharing: Technologies to access resources typical in more connected areas, such as information technologies, data in the cloud, distributed data resources, and processing technologies.
  6. Overarching and Integrative Technology: Large-scale efforts that span multiple technologies, including logistics and infrastructure projects.

The National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs also has a long-standing interest in capacity-building, training, international cooperation, leveraging existing resources/infrastructure, enhancing polar field operations, and engaging local and Indigenous Arctic residents and holders of Traditional Knowledge. Attendees are encouraged to weave aspects of these interests into their presentations when appropriate.

Abstract Selection Criteria

Abstracts will be selected based on fit within the conference themes and the relevance to participants from different disciplines and perspectives.

Important Dates

20 December 2020 Abstract submission opens / priority registration for presenting authors

24 January 2020, 5:00 p.m. Alaska time Abstract submission closes / general registration open for all

7 February 2020 Abstract selection notifications sent

9 March 2020 (or when conference capacity is reached) General registration closes


For questions about the abstract submission process or registration, please contact PTC2020 [at] arcus.org.

Poster Format

Posters must fit within an area 48" wide by 48" tall. Materials to affix your poster to the poster area walls will be provided on-site. Authors of accepted posters will be strongly encouraged to submit an electronic version of their poster file for the conference proceedings.

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Abstract Submission Form

To submit and abstract, fill out the form below and click, "Submit Abstract".

Please enter the abstract contact here. If the contact is an author, please also list them in the “Author(s)” section below. The presenting author should be added as the FIRST author.
200 word limit.
You may upload one image or graphic associated with your abstract (formats accepted = jpg, png, gif, pdf).
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Note: Please enter the presenter as the first listed author here. Additional authors may be added by using the 'Add Author' button.