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New series of PAGE21 Summer Blogs
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:09

(Photo: Fanny Kittler) The team arrived at Cherskii (Photo: Fanny Kittler) The team arrived at CherskiiPAGE21 young researchers have just started their spring/summer season of permafrost investigation in remote areas, located in the northern hemisphere. So far we have received interesting writings from Cherskii located in North – East Russia.


While collecting data on permafrost temperature, CO2 and CH4 fluxes, delegates from all the research stations, explain the particularity of the research done at each site. What is more they describe adventures, dangers and exciting daily life in remote Arctic locations.

PAGE21 Blogs are available for the public and can be accessed here.


PAGE21 project aims to understand and quantify the vulnerability of permafrost environments to a changing global climate, and to investigate the feedback mechanisms associated with increasing greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost zones.

This research will make use of a unique set of Arctic permafrost investigations performed at stations that span the full range of Arctic bioclimatic zones. The project will bring together the best European permafrost researchers and eminent scientists from Canada, Russia, the USA, and Japan.


The PAGE21 is a Large-scale integrating collaborative project under the ENV call topic "Vulnerability of Arctic permafrost to climate change and implications for global GHG emissions and future climate" (ENV.2011.1.1.3-1) coordinated by Professor Hans-Wolfgang Hubberten from AWI.


Click here to read blogs on PAGE21 Website.



Free engineering courses now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 07 April 2014 11:45

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The Arctic Portal together with is happy to present the series of free on line educational materials.

Online Engineering Courses is an comprehensive collection of free of charge educational material for both students and professionals, featuring free on line courses, peer reviewed academic journals, professional trade magazines and more. The collection is a great source of information for anyone interested in keeping up to date on the developments in the field of engineering.

The initiative was developed by the group of researchers for an open educational site

Click here to access the on line engineering courses. For more information about the initiative, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Belmont Forum - Call for proposals
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 04 April 2014 09:30

(Logo: Belmont Forum) International Opportunities Fund (Logo: Belmont Forum) International Opportunities FundThe Belmont Forum has released a call for proposals on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability as part of its 2014 International Opportunities Fund to encourage interdisciplinary and trandisciplinary science. The call seeks to bring together integrated teams of natural scientists, social scientists, and stakeholders to develop projects that utilize existing Arctic observing systems, datasets and models to evaluate key sustainability challenges and opportunities in the Arctic region.


This funding opportunity will support projects that advance research utilizing and developing both the relevant information streams and the sustainability science necessary to assess, predict, inform, and communicate resilient pathways. The call focuses on four themes relevant to observing and sustainability that hold particular urgency in the Arctic: the natural and living environment, the built environment and infrastructures, natural resource management and development, and governance. Recognizing that the Arctic is a highly interdependent system, these themes are not unrelated and projects may address interactions amongst these themes.


Three types of submissions are being sought – small collaboration grants, synthesis projects, and research proposals. Available funding for meritorious projects is 13 million euros, comprising contributions from Canada, China, France, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Nordic Council of Ministers, Norway, Russia, the United States of America, and the World Ocean Council. Possibilities for collaboration with non-participatory countries exist as well. All proposals require collaboration amongst three or more countries and integrate across natural and social sciences while also including end-users, policy-makers, or other relevant stakeholders in the project. A researcher matching tool is available on the Belmont Forum website to better enable connection between interested international proposers.


For more information about research themes, national priorities and agency contacts, proposal submission documents, and to access the researcher matching tool, please visit the funding website: Proposals for this funding opportunity are due 31 July 2014.

NordForsk calls for proposals
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:47

(Logo: norden) (Logo: norden) NordForsk issues the call for proposals for planning grants within the Arctic Research.


The programme Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges – Pathways to Action is established to create new knowledge on the possibilities and challenges that the Arctic Region is facing. The programme is a cross-disciplinary initiative.

NordForsk is planning to fund two to five Nordic Centres of Excellence within Arctic research.

This is a call for planning grants, financing the preparation and establishment of Nordic Centres of Excellence (NCoE) within the Joint Nordic Initiative on Arctic Research 'Responsible Development of the Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges - Pathways to Action'.

To support the establishment of international, multidisciplinary NCoEs, NordForsk is issuing a call for proposals for planning grants. The 10 best proposals will be awarded NOK 100 000 to develop full proposals for NCoEs. The deadline for the submission of proposals for planning grants is 5 June 2014 at 13.00.

An open call for full proposals for NCoEs will be issued in early autumn 2014. Participation in the call for planning grant proposals is not mandatory for submission of a full proposal under the open NCoE call.


Click here for more information.

Call for abstracts extended
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:40

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) Taking into account requests from potential participants at Tradition for Tomorrow: Celebrating Nordic Folk Music & Dance and Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, it has been decided to extend the deadline for abstract submission to April 20th 2014.

The UNESCO convention regarding the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage is a central concept of the conference. The conference will facilitate interaction between all actors in the field and showcase broad themes aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of Nordic cultural heritage of music and dance.

We encourage you to submit proposal(s) of max 250 words describing the content of your intended contribution. Proposals must be submitted through the online submission system available at the conference website Abstracts and lectures must be in English.

For further information please visit the website

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