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Upcoming Events

  • POLAR2018: Early Bird Registration Opens November 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 Early bird registration to POLAR2018: 550 CHF. Student fees of 330 CHF are available - you must have a valid student ID and be registered to study full-time at university.
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 11, 2017 – December 15, 2017 New Orleans, LA, United Statesn
  • POLAR2018: Normal Registration April 1, 2018 – May 25, 2018 Normal registration to POLAR2018: 630 CHF. Student fees of 330 CHF are available - you must have a valid student ID and be registered to study full-time at university.
  • XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings June 19, 2018 – June 23, 2018 Davos, Switzerland
  • EUCOP5 June 22, 2018 – July 1, 2018 Chamonix, Francen 5th European Conference on Permafrost
  • SSAG Conference October 1, 2018 – October 5, 2018 UCT For any queries, please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.
  • SSAG Student Conference October 5, 2018 – October 7, 2018 UCT For any queries, please contact ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.
  • Antarctica Day December 1, 2018
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 10, 2018 – December 14, 2018 Washington, DC, United Statesn
  • AGU Fall Meeting December 9, 2019 – December 13, 2019 San Francisco, CA, United Statesn

Happy Antarctica Day!!!

We here at Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems wish everyone a wonderful Antarctica Day!  Today in 1959 the Antarctic Treaty System was signed, bringing together the global community in preserving Antarctica for peace, science and environmental endeavors. We wish everyone departing for Antarctica this year a successful field season!



PYRN Workshop at EUCOP5

The Permafrost Young Researcher Network (PYRN) will be organising a 2-day workshop, open to all PYRN members, 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 contact@pyrn.org.

The workshop program is as follows:

  • Friday, June 22nd 2018: Welcoming ice-breaker
  • Saturday June, 23rd 2018: Introduction to PYRN activities by the PYRN ExCom, plenary lectures and breakout sessions lead by outstanding senior and junior scientists covering major permafrost topics, career planning, research perspectives, and soft-skills development.
  • Sunday June, 24th 2018: Local excursion lead by outstanding local researchers and land-planners to learn about environmental settings and land-planning issues in the Mont Blanc massif.

ANTPAS Workshop Photo

Ian, Christel, Jenna, Liezel, Nicola, and Tebogo recently attended the ANTPAS Workshop in Varese, Italy from 4-5 October. The photo of all the attendees appears below. For more on ANTPAS and the workshop have a look at their website.


Permafrost Survey


The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC) initiated a process back in 2014 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. So the IPA and CliC are calling all permafrost researchers out there to complete the permafrost survey by 20 December! The link to the survey can be found at http://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90050886/prp.

For any questions please contact Ylva Sjöberg, CliC fellow (ylva.sjoberg@natgeo.su.se) or Hugues Lantuit, chair of the PRP Core Group (Hugues.Lantuit@awi.de).

Antarctica Day – 1 December

Antarctica Day is fast approaching and every year on 1 December the world celebrates all things Antarctica. This year also marks 48 years since the Antarctic Treaty was opened for signature, establishing Antarctica as a place of peace and international scientific exploration. Are you planning anything exciting on 1 December? You can share your plan for Antarctic Day 2017 celebrations through the form on the Antarctica Day website. APECS would love to hear from you!

APECS is also organizing a photo competition. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Antarctica Alive’. You can submit your photos in two categories: Antarctica Team Work and Antarctic Fauna. Submission close on 25 November at 18 GMT. From 25-30 November you can then vote for your favorite photo through the APECS website. Submit your photos today by emailing info@apecs.is. More on the competition is available at https://www.apecs.is/outreach/antarctica-day/antarctica-day-2017/photo-competition.html.

APECS 2018 World Summit

Registrations for the APECS World Summit 2018 are now open. The summit will take place just before POLAR2018 in Davos, Switzerland from 17-18 June 2018.  You can register for the summit on the summit website. Also have a look at the preliminary program here.

Registration deadlines will be:

  • 16 February 2018 for APECS Leadership and APECS National Committee leadership reps who want to attend both days of the summit.
  • 31 March 2018 for APECS members and other interested early career researchers wanting to attend the second day of the summit.

For any comments or questions about the summit, please contact world-summit-2018@apecs.is.

Polar2018 Abstract Submission extended

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POLAR2018: Where the poles come together

Abstract submission to Polar2018 has been extended to 12 November. The conference features 65 session that fall within 12 categories. Submit your abstract here.


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!

SSAG Biennial Conference 2018

The Society of South African Geographers (SSAG) will hold its biennial conference in 2018. The University of the Free State (UFS) will host SSAG members and delegates from 1-7 October 2018 at the UFS Bloemfontein Campus to the theme of ‘Geography and Community: research, learning, impact’. Have a look a the important dates below. More information on the conference is available here, and you can contact the organizers at ssag2018@ufs.ac.za.



  • Call for sessions: 16 November 2017 
  • Call for abstracts: 30 April 2018 delegates notified of outcome by mid-May 
  • Payment and registration: 30 June 2018 (early bird: 30 May)

The team at the ANTPAS Workshop

The entire team recently attended the 1st International ANTPAS Workshop, which was held at the Insubria University in Varese, Italy, on 4 & 5 October. Ian, Nicola and Christel all presented during the 1st session before lunch on 4 October. Nicola spoke about ‘Periglacial Geomorphology of the Ahlmannryggen and Jutulsessen Areas of Western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica’, Christel on ‘Delineating Dronning Maud Land Based on Biotic and Abiotic Factors’, and Ian on ‘Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems: A Decade of Research from Dronning Maud Land’. Tebogo spoke about  ‘Atmospheric Drivers of Ground Thermal Regimes in Dronning Maud Land’ during the 2nd session, which took place directly after lunch on 4 October. Jenna was part of the 3rd (and final) session. She presented on ‘An Investigation into Chemical Weathering in Western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica’.

The team would like to express their gratitude to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) for providing funding for Christel, Jenna, Nicola, and Tebogo to attend the workshop. ANTPAS and Mauro Guglielmin (the current co-chair of ANTPAS), as well as the Insubria University are also thanked for staging such a very successful workshop. We are all now looking forward to the next SCAR conference – POLAR2018!



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