Update on Arctic Science Summit Week 2016

By: Kristin Timm, Science Communications Lead, Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning, Alaska Climate Science Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

ASSW

Plans are underway for Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2016, which will convene 12-18 March 2016 in Fairbanks, Alaska. ASSW, an annual gathering of international scientists and policymakers, provides a forum to share Arctic research findings and to advance understanding and planning for a rapidly changing Arctic. Over 500 scientists, policymakers, administrators, students, and members of the media from around the world are expected to attend. The conference will consist of several separate but related activities to strengthen international coordination, collaboration, and cooperation in all fields of Arctic science. These activities include:

  • 12-15 March 2016: Arctic Science Summit Week
  • 15-18 March 2016: Arctic Observing Summit
  • 15-17 March 2016: Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials

Most conference activities will take place on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Field trips and local events will provide additional opportunities. Image courtesy of Kristin Timm.Most conference activities will take place on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Field trips and local events will provide additional opportunities. Image courtesy of Kristin Timm.

ASSW is an initiative of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). The intention of the first ASSW, convened in 1999 in Tromso, Norway, was to combine science and management meetings to increase travel and time efficiencies. ASSW has developed a history of being an efficient method of coordinating and facilitating international research programs, which is reflected by the enhanced collaboration and improved communication that has emerged.

Additional conference details including program summaries, science themes, and exhibiting opportunities will emerge in the coming months. Further information about ASSW 2016 is available here. The community is also invited to subscribe for email updates at http://www.assw2016.org and join the community via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ASSW2016 and on Twitter @Arctic2016.