Staff and Board members from the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) look forward to meeting with members of the Arctic research community at POLAR2018, a joint event hosted by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland. Our representatives plan to attend IASC/ASSW Business & Satellite Meetings as well as the SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference (OSC) between 15—23 June 2018. We invite you to seek us out during proceedings or at the following scheduled events; for further information or questions, please e-mail alex [at] arcus.org.

Monday, 18 June 2018

"Celebrate the Arctic!" Networking Event

ARCUS welcomes you to join us on Monday, 18 June 2018, from 7:00 PM—10:00 PM in the Greenroom at the Hard Rock Hotel Davos to "Celebrate the Arctic!" This year, we have invited partners at the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), National Academy of Sciences' Polar Research Board (NAS PRB), Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO), European Polar Board (EPB), and Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) to co-host a casual evening of informal networking to highlight successes of the Arctic research community. There is no cost to attend this event.

We hope that people will use this opportunity to make new connections that can lead to both new friendships and research collaborations! ARCUS' Executive Director, Bob Rich; Board President, Audrey Taylor; Community Development Manager, Alex Thornton; Janet Warburton, Project Manager; as well as other Board members look forward to meeting with you at the Hard Rock Hotel, just a 1-km walk from the conference center (free public transportation provided with your conference registration). Light catering – including vegan and gluten-free options – will be served from the start of the event and, at 7:30 PM, representatives from ARCUS and co-hosting organizations will introduce free, easy ways to win fantastic door prizes. There will also be a cash bar. This venue is accessible for many disabilities, but please feel free to contact alex [at] arcus.org if you require any assistance so that we can provide any accommodations required.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Session: "Innovation, Partnership and Impact in Polar Science Communication & Polar Research and Citizen Science"

ARCUS' Board President, Audrey Taylor, and Project Manager Janet Warburton will be Co-Convening a POLAR2018 session entitled "Innovation, partnership and impact in polar science communication & Polar Research and Citizen Science: Exploring New Platforms and Opportunities" on 19 June 2018, from 2:00 PM—3:30 PM in room B Pischa. The session will promote collaborative efforts in education research, outreach and training to facilitate developing similar activities and programs for polar science information exchange and dissemination. They will begin with short presentations about past and existing programs targeting polar citizen science, or that could be adapted to this theme. Afterwards, session leaders will convene breakout groups organized by program platform to share ideas, methods, challenges, and potential collaborations.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Panel Discussion: "From Entering the Field to Taking the Helm, Women's Perspectives on Polar Research"

ARCUS is proud to co-sponsor a panel entitled "From Entering the Field to Taking the Helm, Women's Perspectives on Polar Research" on 20 June 2018, from 12:30 PM—2:00 PM in room C Aspen. This discussion will explore the accomplishments, challenges, quality of work experiences, insights, recommendations, and prospects for women in polar research. (The organizers recognize that gender is non-binary and that concerns for non-binary people may intersect and be relevant with much of this discussion.) Topics on the agenda include achieving inclusivity in polar research, opportunities for networking and mentorship, and how gender inclusivity influences the quality of polar research and research experiences. The panelists will reflect upon ways to support women in polar research now and in the future.

A complimentary bagged lunch will be provided to all registered POLAR2018 attendees, but participation is limited to the first 275 registrants; please RSVP on our website.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Session: "Connecting Polar Research Across Boundaries"

Executive Director Bob Rich is serving as Lead Convener for a POLAR2018 session entitled "Connecting Polar Research across Boundaries" on 21 June 2018, from 2:00 PM—5:30 PM in room A Sertig and on 22 June 2018 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in rom A Seehorn. Polar research spans numerous disciplinary, institutional, national, and sector boundaries. Working effectively across these many boundaries requires effective communication, coordination, and collaboration. This interactive session will explore examples of what is being done, and what more could be done, to bridge boundaries in order to advance polar research, support human activities in a sustainable way while respecting local and traditional culture and livelihoods, and inform sound decision-making.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Presentation: "Acting Upon What We Know: Making Arctic Connections Across Boundaries"

Executive Director Bob Rich will be presenting a talk co-authored by Helen Wiggins, ARCUS Director of Programs, entitled "Acting upon what we Know: Making Arctic Connections across Boundaries" on 22 June 2018, from 9:00 AM—9:15 AM in room A Seehorn. He will discuss how building cross-cutting connections are necessary, but require a carefully planned and strategic approach to strengthen communication, coordination, and partnerships across disciplines, organizations, sectors, nations, and knowledge systems. This presentation will describe a process for planning and implementing collaborations and will highlight recent case studies. As a real-time exercise, attendees of this presentation will have the opportunity to use online polling technology to share their own efforts at brokering connections in support of polar research.

Find ARCUS Representatives at POLAR2018 Proceedings

If you cannot make these events, please look for Bob (Executive Director), Janet (Program Manager), and Alex (Community Development Manager) as well as ARCUS Board President, Audrey Taylor, at POLAR2018 OSC proceedings. Additionally, Alex will be attending the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) workshop on 17—18 June and Janet the Polar Educators International (PEI) workshop on 18 June. We look forward to meeting with everyone!