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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

IASC Bulletin 2014 is now available
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:09

(Photo: H. Hreinsson) Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (Photo: H. Hreinsson) Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway Each year IASC reports on its activities and highlights international Arctic science initiatives in its Bulletin. The 2014 Bulletin is now available for download on the IASC website. A printed copy will be available on the ASSW 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization.


The IASC mission is to encourage and facilitate cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research, in all countries engaged in Arctic research and in all areas of the Arctic region. Overall, IASC promotes and supports leading-edge multidisciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.

For a digital copy, please visit the service section of IASC website under

Live Streaming: Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Managing Change?
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:24



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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate.


The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will provide a clear view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It will comprise three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR). The outline and content can be found in the AR5 reference document and SYR Scoping document.


IPCC has been endeavouring to engage smaller communities in their work and its dissemination and as a result are holding a launch event for the IPCC 5th Assessment, Working Group II, Polar Regions Chapter in Kautokeino, organized by ICR which runs today, March 31, 2014.


The programme includes an exciting breadth of speakers and expertise. Prof. Chris Field, Stanford University, Co-Lead of IPCC AR5 WG 2 will join the meeting by video and participants in Kautokeino will include reindeer herders and administrators from across multiple reindeer herding regions in Russia and Scandinavia as well as representative of youth. Field stated in the IPCC 5AR Press Press Release,


Source: Reindeer Herding, a vistual guide to reindeer and the people who herd them. 


Download the Program of the event here.

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