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Nordic International Glaciology Society (IGS) meeting

24.10.2018 9:00–25.10.2018 16:30
Arktikumin Polarium-sali / Polarium Hall, Arktikum
Pohjoisranta 4

The International Glaciological Society (IGS) meeting 2018 will be held in Rovaniemi, Finland on 24–25 October. IGS is a society that provides a focus for individuals interested in practical and scientific aspects of snow and ice, and the two-day meeting is open to all researchers in glaciology from all over the world.

The IGS meeting is hosted by the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland, with additional support from the IGS and the Academy of Finland. Presentations will take place in the Polarium lecture hall at the Arktikum house on 24-25 October 2018.

An icebreaker reception will be available on the evening of Tuesday 23rd October if there is sufficient interest. A conference dinner will take place on the evening of Wednesday 24th October.

"Stopping the flood: Can we engineer ice sheets and save the homes of a billion people?"  A public lecture will be given by Professor John Moore of the Arctic Centre.  This will be at 4pm on Wednesday 24th October in the Polarium.  All welcome.

There will be no conference fees, but participants will need to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Lunch and coffee breaks at the Arctic Centre are provided. Participants will have free access to the Arktikum Science Centre

Arktikum, syksy ja revontulet, Pekka Salo_550.jpg

Deadlines: Abstract submission by 30th September; registration by 7th October.

Participants are encouraged to present their research.  Advance registration is required, and separate abstract submission for presenting participants. There are no fees. Both abstract submission and registration are now open here: https://www.igsoc.org/about/nordicbranch/meetings/2018/

Travel and accommodation

Finnair and Norwegian both fly between Helsinki and Rovaniemi.

There is also a direct train service between Helsinki and Rovaniemi. There are overnight trains, and booking a sleeping apartment is possible.

The meeting will finish in time for participants to catch the 18:10 Finnair flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki on Thursday 25th October. Participants are advised to travel to Rovaniemi on Tuesday 23rd October, or catch the overnight train to arrive Wednesday morning.

Getting around Rovaniemi, and travel between the airport and Rovaniemi, is straight forward. There is more information here: www.visitrovaniemi.fi. This site also provides accommodation information.

If you have further questions about travel and accommodation options, and local information about Rovaniemi, you may contact Raija Kivilahti.

If any junior scientists wish to help out at the meeting in exchange for assistance with their travel or accommodation fees, please contact Rupert Gladstone.

Elmer/Ice events

The ice dynamic model Elmer/Ice is an international project, initially developed in Finland

An Elmer/Ice training course for beginners will be held at the Arctic Centre immediately preceding the Nordic IGS meeting. Further details are here:

Immediately following the Nordic IGS meeting an Elmer/Ice workshop is provisionally planned in Espoo (near Helsinki):

Contact details

Science coordinator Rupert Gladstone
RupertGladstone1972(at)gmail.com or rupert.gladstone(at)ulapland.fi

Venue organiser: Raija Kivilahti


Photo: Polar bear is monitoring the impact of increased tourism activities on sea-ice conditions north of Svalbard. Credit: Chen Zhao, University of Tasmania & Quark Expeditions

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