ANTPAS wishes everyone a happy Antarctica Day! Every year on 1 December we celebrate that amazing, beautiful and absolutely inspiring continent that belongs to none of us and all of us at the same time. On 1 December 1959 the Antarctic Treaty System was signed, bringing together the global community in preserving Antarctica for peace and science. We wish all our colleagues already in Antarctica, or departing for Antarctica, a successful field season!
The Permafrost Young Researcher Network (PYRN) will be organising a 2-day workshop, open to all PYRN member, in conjunction with EUCOP5 (European Conference on Permafrost). The workshop will take place on June 23-24, 2018 at Chamonix (France) and all permafrost young researchers (current students or early career, within 6 years after their PhD) are invited to attend. If you are not yet a member of PYRN please join them through their online form. The workshop is kindly supported by UFA, IPA, IASC, Petzl, Nunataryuk project, Lions club and free of charge for the participants! There are also travel grants of up to EUR250 on offer to a limited number of participants. You can apply for a travel grant here - please apply by 15 January 2018. For any queries please contact PYRN at email@example.com.
The workshop program is as follows:
In 2014 the International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process to seek input on the definition of research priorities in the field of permafrost science. As many as 359 researchers from 37 countries submitted research questions and it is now time to collect your opinion on the relevance of the questions that were submitted. Questions were submitted by individuals primarily active in the fields of geomorphology, ecology, engineering and infrastructure. 79% of them had a PhD and 53.8% of them had more than 10 years of experience in permafrost research.
The survey consists of 347 questions organized in 20 categories. Please complete the permafrost survey, by 20 December, at
For any questions please contact Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group (Hugues.Lantuit@awi.de).
At the recent workshop in Varese it was decided to move ANTPAS from an Expert Group to a Research Program so what is a Research Program? Scientific Research Programmes (SRPs) are major international scientific initiatives coordinated by SCAR, with the focus to addressing scientific questions that will require sustained efforts over 6-8 years. ANTPAS will do well within this, since it addresses crucial questions on Antarctic soils, permafrost environments, as well as the active layer. Furthermore, ANTPAS collaborates extensibvely with the biological sciences, since fauna and flora find their niches within Antarctic soils (as well as other environments, of course). AS such, ANTPAS can, as an SRP, address major, priority scientific issues of global or fundamental importance, at the cutting edge of the science, that will require substantial field-work and/or observations in the Antarctic to be successful. More on the SCAR guidelines on establishing am SRP is available here.
Abstract submission to Polar2018 has been extended to 12 November. The conference features 65 session that fall within 12 categories. Submit your abstract here. When you submit your abstracts, have a look at the four sessions either chaired or convened by ANTPAS members. When you submit your abstract to those sessions remember to mention ANTPAS in your abstract. We hope to see you all in Davos in 2018!
Are you thinking of attending Polar2018? Then join the Facebook group created by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), which provides useful information on accommodation and travel to and from Davos. Also don't forget to submit your abstracts by 1 November!
Are you a member of ANTPAS or work in any of the fields and topics that ANTPAS focuses on? Are you planning on attending Polar2018? Then consider submitting your abstract to the four sessions listed below. You can also have a look at all the sessions or the session overview. Abstract submission is open until 1 November, with a fee of CHF 30 applicable to each submitted abstract.
Sessions members of ANTPAS are chairing / involved with:
CR1: Permafrost: connecting measurements, monitoring, and modeling
ANTPAS member who is co-convening this session: Gonçalo Vieira
CR2: Title Permafrost landforms in the two Poles as possible Mars analogue
ANTPAS member who is convening this session: Mauro Guglielmin
BE9: Life distribution and responses to environmental changes in Polar ecosystems
ANTPAS member who is convening this session: Nicoletta Cannone
EN6: Reconstructing past environmental change in the Polar Regions
ANTPAS member who is co-convening this session: Marc Oliva
Day 2 of the ANTPAS workshop focused on intense and insightful group discussions and strategy meetings on the future role of ANTPAS and on how to allow ANTPAS to go from an Expert Group to a potential Research Program under SCAR. Results of these discussions will be made available soon, so watch this space!
ANTPAS would also like to again express their gratitude to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) for making funds available, not only to hold the workshop but also to enable a number of students and emerging researchers to attend the workshop. A list of the grant recipients is provided below.
Fabiana Canini, Tuscia University, ITALY
Benoit Faucher, University of Ottawa, CANADA
Christel Hansen, Rhodes University, SOUTH AFRICA
Filip Hrbacek, Masaryk University, CZECH REPUBLIC
Jenna Knox, Rhodes University, SOUTH AFRICA
Tebogo Masebe, Rhodes University, SOUTH AFRICA
Dan Morgan, Vanderbilt University, USA
Tanya O'Neill, Univeristy of Waikato, NEW ZEALAND
Liezel Rudolph, University of the Free State, SOUTH AFRICA
Nicola Wilmot, Rhodes University, SOUTH AFRICA
The ANTPAS workshop started on 4 October at the Insubria University in Varese, Italy. The day was a resounding success, with attendees presenting on a variety of topics, representing multiple disciplines.
The day started with a presentation on the Italian Antarctic program (PNRA), given by the Director of Research at PNRA, Antonio Meloni, followed by a presentation by Jerónimo López-Martínez, the ex-president of SCAR, on the role of research programs within the SCAR strategy.
The three sessions of the day reflected the interdisciplinary nature of ANTPAS, having presentations on dating techniques, remote sensing applications, landform mapping, weathering processes, atmospheric drivers of ground thermal dynamics, microbial studies, biological investigations, as well as permafrost modelling. Posters were on display throughout the day and the day ended with a dinner attended by all delegates.
How do I become a member?
HOW CAN ANTPAS HELP MY RESEARCH?
You can list your project(s) as one that contributes to one of ANTPAS objectives. In order to have your project considered as an ANTPAS project, you should send a request by email to the co-chairs with an abstract of the project objectives and expected outcomes.
HOW CAN I LINK MY PROJECT WITH ANTPAS?
The Steering Committee is able to provide a letter of support to project proposals showing excellent quality and clearly linked to ANTPAS objectives. An abstract of the project, with clearly stated objectives, including the list of project researchers and the top 5 publications by the team should be sent to the Steering Committee for evaluation, so that a letter is prepared.
HOW DO I ACKNOWLEDGE ANTPAS SUPPORT?
A reference to ANTPAS should be included in the acknowledgements in the papers to be published. If you are presenting at an ANTPAS-organised event or one that is affiliated with ANTPAS, or have received funding from ANTPAS to present your work at any event, please include the ANTPAS logo and SCAR logo in your presentation.
IS ANTPAS INTERNATIONALLY AFFILIATED?
ANTPAS IS an Expert Working Group of SCAR. SCAR fosters international collaboration and engagement and is an International Council for Science (ICSU)-affiliated body. The ICSU is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies and International Scientific Unions.