ASSW 2022

Cluster projects submitted several sessions to ASSW 2022  - the Arctic Science Sumit Week, held online in late March/early April 2022. Some of these were individual projects, and some were collaborative sessions. 

Type  Cluster Members Details When Link
Planning Meeting  EU-PolarNet2 EU-PolarNet is a Coordination and Support Action project funded by the European Commission to provide a platform for co-developing strategies to advance the European Polar Research action and support the establishment of a European Polar Research Area.


14:00-18:00 CEST

Workshop Arctic PASSION

Establishing the Distributed Biological Observatory System in the Atlantic Sector of the Arctic Ocean 

We need a comprehensive marine observing system for climate and environment on the Atlantic side of the Arctic Ocean. The successful and well-established collaborative Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) in the Pacific Arctic sector is an inspirational starting point for a better-integrated system also on the Atlantic side.


9:00-15:30 CEST


Webinar presenting results from the INTAROS H2020 Project 2016-2022

The session will present selected results from INTAROS project, which has recently been completed. The the objective of INTAROS has been to develop, improve and extend Arctic observing systems for atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences with focus on in situ systems (, 


9:00-13:00 CEST

Poster SIOS

Science Day 2022 Poster session

Poster presented by Shridhar Jawak: Earth observation and remote sensing activities to develop an efficient regional observing system in Svalbard: Experiences from the SIOS remote sensing working group (RSWG) Online and in-person.


16:00-18:00 CEST

 Session European Polar Board

Looking back and ahead - the European Polar Board

Cooperation across national and disciplinary boundaries has long been characteristic of the European polar research community, conducive of its global leadership in research in the Arctic and the Antarctic. 


14:00-15:30 CEST

Session  European Polar Board

Introducing Polardex: Database of polar research infrastructure and planned routes. 

Polardex is a newly developed database of polar research infrastructure and planned routes. During this session, we will provide you with a walkthrough to become acquainted with Polardex and assist you with exploring the database yourselves. Hybrid session.


16:00-18:00 CEST


INTERACT Transnational Access User Community

The event will present the current state-of-the art in Arctic research conducted with support by INTERACT Transnational Access and seeks to spark new connections, networking and collaboration among the participants for future synthesis papers deriving from the ongoing research to address major global challenges of the future. Hybrid session.


9:30-13:00 CEST

Session SIOS

Diversity, equity, inclusion and field safety: an Arctic perspective

SIOS Knowledge Centre (SIOS)Association of Polar Early Career Scientists Canada (APECS Canada), Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) will co-convene this side meeting, which will be an arena for information exchange concerning how diversity, equity and inclusion relates to field safety in cold and remote environments. 


13:00-15:00 CEST

 Workshop EU-PolarNet2

Norwegian contributions to networking and polar research in Horizon Europe

The workshop will mobilise the Norwegian Polar Research Community to more actively participate in shaping polar research priorities and participation in Horizon Europe.


14:00-18:00 CEST

Workshop CAPARDUS The workshop will discuss how guidelines, standards and best practices evolve in research, resource exploitation and management, shipping, tourism and community planning in the Arctic.


14:00-18:00 CEST


Cluster projects submitted several sessions to ASSW  - the Arctic Science Sumit Week, held online in March 2021. Some of these were individual projects, and some were collaborative sessions. 

Type Projects Details When Links
Workshop  KEPLER Enhancing Copernicus 2.0 information products through optimised usage of in-situ data 15:30 - 18:30 • 3h 0min • Sat 20th  Brella
Session  INTERACT INTERACT Virtual Access Launch 10:00 - 12:00 • 2h 0min • Mon 22nd  Brella 
Session  APPLICATE, Blue-Action and INTAROS  ID:62 - Arctic Climate Change and its Impacts on Weather and Climate in the Midlatitudes 08:00-10:00 Wed 24th  Brella
  Session  ARICE, INTERACT, Blue Action, EU-PolarNet2  Co-creating Arctic Research together with Indiginous Right-holders  18:00 - 21:00 • 3h 0min • Tue 23rd  Brella
  Session  INTAROS  ID:60  Integrating Arctic Observing Systems – Results from the H2020 INTAROS Project Room G 08:00 - 10:00 • 2h 0min • Fri 26th  Brella
 Workshop  ARICE, INTERACT, APECS, EPB SIOS  Workshop on International Access to Research Infrastructure in the Arctic ASSW, March 23 2021, Time: 9:00-15:00 GMT Participants are kindly asked also to register in advance by e-mail to  indicating in your email whether you will join the marine- or land-based breakout groups. 09:00 - 15:00 • 6h 0min • Tue 23rd  Brella
Talk Whole Cluster/EU-PolarNet2 The EU Polar Cluster - a collaboration of projects funded by the European Commission - Elaina Ford - ASSW 2021 Session ID 25: Experiences in sustaining collaborative Arctic research teams 11:50 Thur 25th  Brella, ppt
 Poster KEPLER  KEPLER: Improving the capacity of Copernicus for the Polar Regions, Nick Hughes . In ID:13 - Advancing SAON's Roadmap etc. Through Regional and Global Capabilities + ID:73 - Pollution of the Arctic Environment: Regional Monitoring, Satellite Observation, Pollutant Pathways Analysis and Impact Evaluation 10:30 - 12:30 • 2h 0min • Wed 24th  Brella
Session  EPB

Europe in International Polar Research - 25 years of Arctic and Antarctic cooperation with the EPB

15:00 - 18:30 • 3h 30min • Tue 23rd  Brella
Talk INTAROS, CARPARDUS Data sharing between Community-based observing systems and scientific observations. Session ID 25: Experiences in sustaining collaborative Arctic research teams, Stein Sandven 15:35  Brella


This page shows individual project sessions, webinars, and workshops.

Collaborative sessions at major conferences etc. are listed separately, with more detail and links to session outputs.


Upcoming Cluster project events



EU-PolarNet 2 Workshop: Recommendations Towards an Integrated Polar Observing System - 7th June 2022 13:00-18:00 CEST via Zoom - Register before 1st June!

  • EU-PolarNet 2 will arrange an on-line workshop on 7th June 2022 at 13-18 CEST, aiming to facilitate better alignment of observing system efforts in the Arctic and Antarctic, and to create actionable policy-level recommendations to accelerate the development of an integrated polar observing system. 
    • The workshop consists of inspiring highlight presentations by various Arctic, Antarctic and Polar organizations, networks and projects across approaches, scales domains and services, and of in-depth breakout sessions to discuss and co-design the recommendations together with the workshop participants.
    • EU-PolarNet 2 is a network to co-develop and advance the European polar research actions and to give evidence-based advice to policy making processes. The integrated polar observing system would, once operationa, provide a coordinated "system of systems" for continuous and standardized data and societally relevant information on the state of the polar regions.
    • The polar research, observing and data communities, including both Arctic and Antarctic organizations, projects institutions and stakeholders working with observing systems at various domains and scales, are warmly to partcipate in the workshop and have their voices heard in co-designing the recommendations.
    • The recommendations resulting from the workshop will feed into a white paper published in 2023 and distributed to wide ranged of policymakers and funding bodies. The workshop participants will have a possibility to join a task force preparing the white paper where the recommendations will be included.
    • Participation to the workshop is free of charge. The workshop participants will receive preliminary materials, together with the link to join the online workshp via email after the registration closes
    • Register to the workshop by 1st June by filling in the on-line registration form


Arctic PASSION - Scoping Workshop on Data-Driven Subnational Decision-Making 8th June 2022 17:00-20:00 CET via  Zoom

  • On June 8th we are hosting an online workshop to bring together local, regional and national decision-makers, experts and researchers to identify key issues between pan-Arctic observation systems and the needs of sub-national authorities and agencies.
  • These issues will become topics for analysis and consecutive policy briefs, which we will elaborate on during the Arctic PASSION project. We are interested in learning about decision-makers' needs and possible benefits from improved pan-Arctic observation and how local and regional decision-makers can contribute to integrated circumpolar observation and monitoring.
  • The meeting will also serve as a platform connecting local and regional decision-makers with Arctic PASSION researchers. Arctic PASSION's principle is co-production, so we would like to set the agenda for our work together with the representatives of local and regional authorities, administrations and agencies.
  • The event programme will open with an overview of the outputs of Arctic PASSION that are of particular relevance for the local and regional decision-making in the Arctic. We will then proceed to the discussion of:
    • Gaps and needs of decision-makers
    • The role of national and international data platforms
    • The challenges related to the readability of data, and
    • The community-based observation and traditional knowledge in decision-making
  • We will conclude with a discussion on themes the project should focus in relation to the needs of subnational decision-makers
  • Register here
  • More information here 

BLUE-ACTION Climate Coffees - two Climate Coffees per month at 11:00-11:40am CEST on Thursdays

  • Thursday 19 May - Dider Wingedouw (University Bordeaux)
    • AMOC Recent and Future Trends: A crucial role for the oceanic resolution and Greenland melting
    • Eventbrite registration TBA
  • Thursday 2 June - Leneisja Junsberg (Nordregio and NUNATARYUK)
    • Climate Science, Social Science in the NUNATARYUK Project (TBC)
    • Eventbrite registration TBA
  • Thursday 16 June 2022 - TBD
    • Would you like to be a speaker for this slot? Please contact Chiara


Past Cluster project events


  • SIOS Knowledge Centre Training Course - AI4 Svalbard - DEADLINE TO REGISTER 15 MAY
    • SIOS Knowledge Center will offer a training course on how to effectively use artificial intelligence methods in Arctic Earth Observation
    • Course 5-9 September 2022 in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
    • Find out more here:

  • BLUE-ACTION Climate Coffees - two Climate Coffees per month at 11:00-11:40am CEST on Thursdays
  • Arctic PASSION - Polar Forum Ikaaġavik Sikukun – Ice Bridges 12:00pm Friday 15 April via Zoom
    • By Alex Whiting, Donna Hauser, Ph.D, and the Native Village of Kotzebue Elders
      Ikaaġvik Sikukun —Iñupiaq for ice bridges— is a research effort in Kotzebue, Alaska that connects the community with scientists to understand sea ice change in Kotzebue Sound.
    • Join Alex Whiting, Environmental director at Native Village of Kotzebue, Donna Hauser, Research scientist at University of Alaska Fairbanks, focusing on marine mammal ecology, and Elders from the Native Village of Kotzebue for a presentation and open conversation on bridging the scientific and Indigenous communities' knowledge of sea ice change in the Alaskan Arctic. 
  • EU Polar Cluster at ASSW 2022 26 March - 1st April Tromsø, Norway - Multiple Groups organised sessions, workshops and posters
    • EU-PolarNet 2 - Planning meeting 27 March 14:00-18:00 CEST - More info here
    • Arctic PASSION - Workshop: Establishing the Distributed Biological Observatory System in the Atlantic Sector of the Arctic Ocean - 28 March 9:00-15:30 CEST Find the agenda for this event here
    • INTAROS - Webinar: Selected Results from the INTAROS H2020 Project 2016-2022 28 March 9:00-13:00 Find the agenda for this event here
    • SIOS - Science Day 2022 Poster session - 29 March 16:00-18:00 Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Activities to Develop an Efficient Regional Observing System in Svalbard: Experiences from the SIOS remote sensing working group (RSWG) See the poster here
    • European Polar Board - Looking Back and Ahead - 29 March 14:00-15:30 CEST Find more information about this session here
    • European Polar Board - Introducing Polardex: Database of polar research and infrastructure and planned routes 29 March 16:00-18:00 CEST Find more infomration about this session here
    • INTERACT Transnational Access User Community - 29 March 9:30-13:00 CEST Find more information about this session here
    • SIOS - Diversity, equity, inclusion and field safety: An Arctic Perspective 29 March 13:00-15:00 CEST Find more information about this session here
    • EU-PolarNet2 - Workshop: Norwegian contributions to networking and polar research in Horizon Europe - 30 March 14:00-18:00 CEST - find more information about this event here
    • CAPARDUS - Workshop 31 March 2022 14:00-18:00 Find the agenda for this event here

  • APECS-ARICE Webinar: 28th February 13:00-14:00 GMT - Are we losing a sink for atmospheric trace gases? Nitrous oxide in the Arctic marine ecosystem.
    • The ARICE-funded project "TRace gAses Cycling in the Arctic marine Ecosystem (TRACE)" focused on the biogeochemical cycling of climate-relevant atmospheric trace gases at the sea-air and sea-ice interfaces in the Arctic Ocean. During this webinar we will focus on nitrous oxide (N2O), which is a potent greenhouse gas and currently the most important ozone-depleting compound in the stratosphere.
      • Although the ocean is generally acknowledged as an overall source of N2O, at regional and basin-scales there is a large range of variability in terms of its sources and sinks, which in turn, poses challenges to theaccurate assessment of its role on the marine nitrogen cycle.Environmental changes such as warming and decrease in sea ice coverage are expected to affect production/consumption pathways of N2O, but the direction of the future trends is highly uncertain. We conducted a thorough survey of N2O across the sea-ice-air interfaces within the context of the ODEN expedition in 2021, as a contribution to the Synoptic Arctic Survey (
    • Speakers are Damian L. Arévalo-Martínez (GEOMAR) and Lina Holthusen (GEOMAR)
    • Moderation: Franziska Pausch (ARICE, AWI & APECS)
    • To join the webinar, please register via this link and you will receive the link to the webinar afterwards:
  • Arctic PASSION Online Seminar and Dialogue Series Online - 22 and 24 March 2022 14:00 GMT- We are happy to announce the first Arctic PASSION webinars - starting with a two-part kick-off seminar on science communication during International Polar Week! Both seminars are independent of each other and either both or only one can be attended. These seminars are free and open to anyone, and will last between 1 and 1.5 hours. The Online Seminar and Dialogue Series is a tool to communicate project's topics, share ideas, plans and results, and to initiate an inclusive and proactive dialogue with people from different groups, backgrounds and career levels. It is targeted to Arctic and Indigenous Youth, Early Career Scientists and other interested audiences. Speaker - Olivia Rempel (GRID-Arendal)
    • Part 1 - Storytelling in Science - 22 March 2022 14:00 GMT - Have you ever wondered why certain research projects get picked up in the news and not others? Or how some researchers manage to produce science content that goes viral on social media? Sure, part of it is luck, but another part of it is storytelling.
      • By framing your research in a different way, you can increase the chances that your story gets picked up, or that your social media gains a following.
      • This webinar will give you the tools to tell the stories about your research intentionally, identifying newsworth stories, who's your audience, what medium best fits your story, and considering whether you want to pitch your story to journalists, or perhaps using your own media production skills, and posting it to social media.
      • Join online via Zoom:

storytelling in science

    • Part 2 - Media Production in the Field - 24 March 2022 14:00 GMT - So, you've identified your story and how you want to tell it, but now you've got to actually go out there and gather the media, on top of doing your actual research! In Part 2 of our Polar Week sci comms webinar we will go over how to gather media in the field.
      • We will cover how to identify your story's needs and how to put together a production plan that allows you to work smarter, not harder.
      • We will also go over some basic photography and videography best practices, what kind of shots to gather, how to prepare for an interview, and some tips on how best to record audio (because remote interviews aren't going anywhere any time soon).
      • Join online via Zoom:

media in the field

  • INTERACT and the British Antarctic Survey - Machine learning demonstration - online via Zoom 7th February 14:00-17:00 CET
    • Work Package 6 aims to explore applied artificial intelligence and machine learning on climate changes, and most importantly aiding researchers monitoring changes in climate. Specifically, this demo is about using machine learning on example data to make specific algorithms and methods available, and demonstrate the outcome. As such, we would like to invite you to a demonstration of the work we have conducted with regards to:
      • Computer vision - tools to automatically caterogise and identify projects in photographs
      • Natural Language Processing - automatically summarising texts extracted from photographs of log books
      • Alternative tools for those of you who find programming intimidating
    • Find the link to the demonstration via Zoom here:
  • CHARTER is hosting the 10th National Snow Seminar via Zoom 2nd February 2022 - 9:15-16:45 EEST (Helsinki time)
  • SIOS KNOWLEDGE CENTRE - The State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) Annual Report Release for 2021 - Monday 24th January 2022 online - The SESS report release will be streamed on YouTube, the link to the stream will be shared 15 minutes before the event begins.
    • Programme: (All times in CET)
      • 10:00-10:30 Opening of the SIOS Polar Night Week 2022
      • 10:30-11:30 Release of the 2021 State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report. The authors will present their chapters for this years' report.
    • The State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) is an annual report produced by Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS). It contains information about some of the key Earth System Science parameters in the Svalbard region.
    • More about SESS-2021:
    • Link to the event on Facebook:
  • NUNATARYUK at Arctic Frontiers: 31st January - 3rd February 2022 - Session 3: Arctic Costs in Transition We envision a highly interdisciplinary session, including perspectives from across the Arctic, and welcome contributions on topics including, but not limited to:
    • environmental and societal drivers of Arctic coastal change;
    • physical change of Arctic coasts–coastal dynamics and rates of change;
    • impacts on coastal ecosystems and local Arctic communities;
    • supporting sustainable planning, management, mitigation and adaptation measures for an Arctic coast in transition.
  • Call for Community Input - Arctic Observing Summit 2022 - Arctic PASSION. Deadline to submit input: 15th January 2022.
  • PROTECT Webinar - What do Stakeholders want from sea-level rise scenarios: a consultative analysis. Online - 10th January 2022 3pm CET. Over the coming decades, sea-level rise projections and knowledge of their uncertainties are essential for coastal planners to make informed mitigation and adaptive decisions. A key aspect of the PROTECT project is the interaction between these practitioners and sea-level scientists (ranging from glaciologists to coastal impact specialists) to develop robust and reliable projections which are readily understood, shared and applied.


  • APECS-ARICE Webinar: NoTAC Cruise, RV Kronprins Haakon (No) - How to Measure Water Exchange in the Fram Strait Using Novel Tracers? 2nd December 2021 13:00-14:00 GMT/14:00-15:00 CET The ARICE funded NoTAC project (Novel Tracers of Arctic Carbon and water exchange in the Fram Strait) is an international collaboration across several institutions from Denmark, Finland, Poland and USA with a diverse team varying from early career (ECS) to senior scientists. The project focuses on assessing the application of novel, cost-effective water masses tracers, with special interest in tracking the Arctic outflow entering the Atlantic basin through a major gateway, the Fram Strait. Those tracers are, for example, dissolved organic matter composition, lignin phenols, radioisotopes, optical properties of water masses and microbial community (with focus on phytoplankton and bacteria). Apart from the tracer component, the project also has another component focused on the cycling of carbon and nutrients in the region, which are assessed through experimental work conduct during the Fram Strait cruise.
  • Arctic PASSION at the Arctic Observing Summit Early Career Co-Chair Q&A Webinar Tuesday 30th November 2021 4pm GMT/5pm CET - A not-to-be-missed opportunity for early career researchers to get involved with the upcoming Arctic Observing Summit (30th March - 1st April 2022 in Tromsø, Norway). The AOS2022 invited Early Career Co-Chairs to contribute to the planning of the summit, help record and distill the conversations happening in the working groups sessions at the summit, and contribute to the working group reports and final products. There will be one Early Career Co-Chair per working group:
  • Arctic Hubs WP1 Webinar - Global Drivers and the Future of Key Industries in the European Arctic - Tuesday 30th November 11:00am CET Online via Zoom Building sustainability and resilience across the European Arctic. Globalization is not a singular driving force. Instead, it consists of different kinds of international processes and challenges that may dfy a strictly local solution due to their complexity. Climate change is just one example. The Arctic of the 2020s cannot be understood without placing it in the context of global linkages and processes that shape its future and fortunes. Knowledge about global drivers and their local impacts is needed for a transition to a more sustainable future.
    • The aim of the workshop was to present WP1 research about trends, weak signals and wild cards impacting Arctic industries. Furthermore, the global drivers affecting the futures of the people living in the European Arctic will be discussed.
  • JUSTNORTH Conference 2021, Toward Just, Ethical and Sustainable Arctic Economies, Environments and Societies: 15th November 2021, Rovaniemi Finland Arctic development of the past is persistent in inequitable practices, leaving scars from the impacts of social, economic and environmental inequality. In addition, Arctic development of today is occurring alongside the adverse effects of climate change within an integrated global system deficient in mechanisms for incentivising just transitions toward sustainable development. With the goal of enhancing the governance capacity of the EU to mitigate this problem, JUSTNORTH brought together 13 partners from 7 disciplines to evaluate the viability of Arctic economic activities. Find more information here:
  • EU PolarNet 2 General Assembly 25th and 26th October:
    • Monday, 25 October 2021, 13:15 CET: General Assembly with guest speakers, progress update of the work packages. Open to all interested.
    • Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 12:45 CET: 2nd part of the GA, discussion sessions of the different work packages. Open to whole consortium and guests interested in discussing and contributing to one of the work packages.
    • (For information: Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 09:00 CET: Joint EU-PolarNet 2/EPB session on the development of the European Polar Coordination Office (EPCO). Open only to the EU-PolarNet 2 consortium and EPB Plenary.)
  • CHARTER - FIRST CHARTER GENERAL ASSEMBLY 4 - 6th October 2021, Helsinki, Finland. The CHARTER project is now entering its second year and this makes it time for our 1st General Assembly! A final version of the programme is available on the internal page of the CHARTER website. The Assembly is for project participants only, but we will be reporting outcomes and stories from the Assembly over the coming weeks, including a new CHARTER newsletter to which anyone can subscribe, details to follow.
  • HERMOSA workshop: 5 - 6th October 2021. Interested in atmospheric aerosol sampling, analysis and data handling and working in Svalbard? Then you should check out this upcoming workshop, aiming to harmonise and integrate relevant research activities:
  • Blue Action: Multi-annual to Decadal Climate Predictability in the North Atlantic-Arctic Sector. 20th - 22nd September 2021. The workshop aims to foster scientific exchanges and collaborations on multi-annual to decadal climate predictability, including research on: climate predictability from interannual to multi-decadal timescales and our understanding of the associated physical processes and their representation by models, improvement of dynamical prediction systems, and increasing need for actionable information dependent on skillful climate predictions. Keynote speakers (including both prominent and promising scientists) have already confirmed their participation. More info: flyer and on the web page. Organisers: EU H2020 Blue-Action, TMS Bjerknes Climate Prediction Unit, JPI Climate-Oceans ROADMAP project and the CLIVAR Atlantic Region Panel, CLIVAR/CliC Northern Oceans Region Panel and CLIVAR Climate Dynamics Panel. The workshop is also linked to the EU Climate Modelling Cluster, established by EASME/EC in 20218. Location: we are aiming for a hybrid format, with physical location in either Bergen (Norway) or Copenhagen (Denmark). A decision will be taken in June.

  • International ONLINE Conference for Young MArine REsearchers (ICYMARE): A conference designed by and for young marine researchers. ICYMARE stands for “International Conference for YOUNG Marine Researchers”: Further details can be found on the event flyer here. 21st - 24th September 2021.
  • ESA Polar Science Cluster Collation Meeting September 15-17

    The ESA Polar Science Cluster involves a set of different ESA-funded scientific activities addressing different aspects of Polar research. Through this set of projects ESA aims at working hand by hand with the scientific community to:

    • Improve our observation capacity over Polar regions and contribute to develop the next generation of Polar observations from space;
    • Enhance the basic scientific understanding of the different processes governing Polar changes and their regional and global impacts;
    • Contributing to translate new knowledge and scientific results into actionable solutions for society.

    The ESA Polar Science Cluster is supported by a number of research opportunities and networking actions promoting collaborative research, and fostering European and international scientific collaboration, especially with EC funded activities within the context of the joint EC-ESA Earth System Science Initiative.

    The purpose of this meeting is to review the latest developments and results of the different projects, present the new projects recently kicked off and discuss with you the potential scientific priorities for the future. In particular, we would like to review the results of the EC-ESA Polar Science Week and define with you a set of collective goals and a way forward for 2023+.

    More information, results and the complete set of projects is provided in the dedicated web site

    Please access the ConfTool system, create an user account and proceed by registering to participate HERE

    The meeting Agenda is available for your information HERE


  • ASM3 webinar series – in collaboration with the EPB: This webinar series is designed to increase transparency of the Arctic Science Ministerial science process and to provide additional opportunities for scientists, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders to further engage with the science and proposed actions leading up to the Third Arctic Science Ministerial in Tokyo, Japan in May 2021. The webinar series is a cooperation between the ASM3 Organisers in Iceland and Japan, and the European Polar Board. Each webinar will be recorded and made available on the EPB YouTube channel.

  • Kick-Off Meeting for the Southern Ocean UN Decade: Friday 9th July 2021 - Following the publication of our report on Southern Ocean priorities for the next 10 years, we are pleased to announce that the Southern Ocean Task Force will be hosting a Kick-off meeting for the Southern Ocean UN Decade online.This webinar will gather speakers from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and members of the Southern Ocean Task Force.

  • How to apply for an EU-PolarNet 2 Service Contract: Webinar: EU-PolarNet 2 seeks support from the European Polar Community to develop ideas for concrete research activities. For this purpose, EU-PolarNet 2 will open a Call for Services on July 1st, 2021. On July 7th 2021, 13:00 CET we will hold a 90-minure webinar to present the following aspects of the Call for Services:

  • KEPLER Final General Assembly on Monday 21st June 2021. Do please join us to discuss the recommendations and output of the KEPLER project. (Monday open to all + evening virtual drinks/networking. Tuesday is for KEPLER participants only). Please register here. KEPLER Final General Assembly Programme.
  • The EU’s Arctic influence: Presentation of a report on the EU actions affecting the Arctic: The seminar will present a report prepared in relation to the project “Overview of EU actions in the Arctic and their impact”. The study considers a broad range of ways in which EU policies affect the Arctic and influence the EU’s environmental footprint and economic presence in the region. During the study the EU’s environmental and economic Arctic impact has been considered, relevant policies have been identified and analysed as well as policy options for strengthening the EU Arctic approach have been proposed. The report has been written by a team of experts led by Prof. Timo Koivurova. The seminar will include the presentation of the study, commentaries from Arctic stakeholders as well as insights into the current stage of developing the new EU’s policy towards the Arctic, to which the report is to contribute. In order to register for the Seminar please enter the below link, click "Arctic Register Form" fill the data required and click "REGISTER":
  • SIOS Earth Observation and Remote Sensing for the online conference. More information: 8th - 10thJune 2021.
  • EPB ASM3 webinar series: Closing webinar - Post-Ministerial Review: Joint Statement and Actions 09 June 2021, 13:00-15:00 UTC
  • An anchor point to a drifting world: is going to be about terrestrial research in Svalbard. Join us to learn about current research on terrestrial biology in Svalbard as well as knowledge gaps. For more details on the programme and registration, visit our webpage. 7th May.
  • Women Communicating Arctic Science Gender in Transdisciplinary Research (Part of 'Breaking the Ice Ceiling' webinar series): 6th May, 5-6pm BST. Learn about the heart & sense dilemma women face in science communication & the role gender plays in transdisiplinary research. For further details and to register click here.
  • ARCSAR: The 3rd ARCSAR Innovation and knowledge exchange event and 2nd ARCSAR dissemination workshop hosted by Nord University and Lapland University of Applied Sciences. The event will take place 5th May, 13.00-16.30 CEST (UTC +2). The event will be held digitally and starts with the 2nd ARCSAR dissemination workshop aimed at promoting the project activities and proceeds with the 3rd ARCSAR Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Event with a focus on “Training for innovations and innovations for training in the Arctic and North Atlantic”. To register, click here.
  • The International Polar Tourism Research Network Welcomes the ProAct Team 15th April
  • Open Day for the NERC Arctic Station on Thursday 25 February: The session will highlighted the rapid environmental changes in and around Svalbard; the support provided by the Station, including new for this season ROV & AUV and lots of other marine and lab kit; and the latest developments and funding opportunities. Full details and registration:
  • KEPLER training: online workshop for students and early career scientists 17-18th February 2021. The Horizon 2020 funded project 'Key Environmental monitoring for Polar Latitudes and European Readiness' (KEPLER) hosted an online workshop for students and Early Career Scientists.
  • SO-CHIC webinar: Ocean variabilities in the Southern Weddell Sea 13:00 UTC on Wednesday 27th January.
  • EPB ASM3 webinar 3: Theme 1, Observe: Observing networks; Data sharing – towards implementation 20 January 2021, 13:00-15:00 UTC
  • EPB ASM3 webinar 4: Theme 2, Understand: Enhance understanding and prediction capability on Arctic environmental and social systems and its global impact 17 February 2021, 13:00-15:00 UTC


  • The 2020 EU Polar Cluster meeting will be held as part of the European Polar Science Week on the 27th October 2020, online, in collaboration with ESA -
  • EGU General Assembly 2020 - Vienna, Austria 3th - 8th May 2020.
    • APPLICATE splinter session 5th May, 10:45 - 12:30, room 2.17 (SMP37)
  • European Polar Board, EPB, Spring Plenary meeting, Sofia, Bulgaria 23rd - 24th of April, 2020.
  • 5th Joint Arctic SAR Workshop and TTX. Hveragerði, Iceland, 15th - 16th April.
  • ASSW (Arctic Science Summit Week) 28 March - 30 March 2020
    • EPP, ARICE, APPLICATE, EUPolarNet involved in sessions
  • Arctic Observing Summit, Iceland, 31st March - 2nd April 2020
    • INTAROS involved in preparatory work
    • KEPLER submitted side session
  • Arctic Frontiers Tromso, Norway, 26th-30th January 2020

The EU Polar Cluster work together to increase our impact, minimise travel, and engage a wider range of stakeholders.


Individual Cluster Project Events

We here have collated individual project events, sessions, workshops, and webinars from all/joint task groups.

We aim to include all sessions, but please see project websites for more details and complete lists. If you have something to be added, please contact Lily Green

Joint Sessions

We also work together on key conferences and events on joint sessions:

Discussion paper "Working towards ethical guidelines for research involving the Sámi"  Workshop 23-24.05.2022 in Kautokeino

  • Áslat Holmberg has on behalf of the Saami Council written the discussion paper "Working towards ethical guidelines for research involving the Sámi". The discussion paper points to various work that has already been done about research ethics in Sápmi, a short description of similar work that has been done in some other indigenous peoples' areas and how ownership rights and self-determination also affects the research sector.
  • In the last chapters, 5-7, you will find the concrete proposals for a way forward on developing potential guidelines.
  • Link to the discussion paper can be found here:

DATA INTEROPERABILITY WORKSHOP - 31 MAY 2022 14:00-15:30 CEST - Hosted by Arctic PASSION, SIOS Knowledge Centre & Interact online

  • Data standardization means converting data to a common format, allowing different users to process and analyze it for, e.g., collaborative research and large-scale analaysis. Standardization is a necessary requirement for data to be interoperable so that it can be integrated from multiple sources and scientific domains, which in turn is one of the critical steps to meet the FAIR data principles of findability, interoperability and reusability.
  • This on-line workshop, arranged by Arctic PASSIONINTERACT and SIOS, will provide the participants with an introduction to standardization and interoperability of metadata and data. In addition, the participants will learn about two common data standards and practical examples how they can be utilized in research.
  • Register to the workshop by 30th May by filling in the registration form. The workshop is free of charge. Registrants will receive the link to join the on-line meeting by e-mail in the morning of the workshop (CEST).



  • The aim of EU-Sámi Week is to strengthen the relationship between Sápmi and the EU. EU-Sámi Week is the first step in raising awareness among EU decision-makers about the need to include the Sámi people in EU policymaking. Because the EU is involved in many sectors that have an impact on the Sámi way of life, such as climate and environment, agriculture, education, culture, and research, it is natural that relations are strengthened. The week is expected to become a recognized platform for political communication between the EU and the Sámi people in the future. 
  • The event will be a networking platform for experts in regional and local development through the lens of the Sámi people. Exchange of good practices in economic development and social inclusion, cross-border cooperation, regional innovation, and community-led local development will be in focus.
  • Find more information, including the program and registration here:


The 4th Public Participation and Deliverative Democracy Festival - 20-21st October 2022

  • The organizers (specifically, colleagues of the European Commission’s new Competence on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy) is seeking contributions.

  • To coincide with the European Year of Youth, the theme of the Festival this year is ‘Youth Participation’.  There are a number of sub-themes the JRC is interested in exploring at the festival that fall under the main theme of Youth Participation. These include:

    • Local and Indigenous Youth Rolesin traditional knowledge transmission and circulation. The focus here is on how young local and indigenous people are being engaged in science and policymaking.
    • Space: How can we harness space, both virtual and physical, for better participatory and deliberative outcomes with, and for, youth?
    • Czechia: During the festival the Presidency of the Council of the EUwill be Czechia, and therefore we welcome submissions on the theme of participatory and deliberative democracy in relation to Czechia. 
  • The Festival traditionally showcases participatory and deliberative democracy projects and initiatives in a virtual exhibition.



  • EU Polar Cluster at ASSW 2022 26 March - 1st April Tromsø, Norway - Multiple Groups organised sessions, workshops and posters 
    • EU-PolarNet 2 - Planning meeting 27 March 14:00-18:00 CEST - More info here
    • Arctic PASSION - Workshop: Establishing the Distributed Biological Observatory System in the Atlantic Sector of the Arctic Ocean - 28 March 9:00-15:30 CEST Find the agenda for this event here
    • INTAROS - Webinar: Selected Results from the INTAROS H2020 Project 2016-2022 28 March 9:00-13:00 Find the agenda for this event here 
    • SIOS - Science Day 2022 Poster session - 29 March 16:00-18:00 Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Activities to Develop an Efficient Regional Observing System in Svalbard: Experiences from the SIOS remote sensing working group (RSWG) See the poster here
    • European Polar Board - Looking Back and Ahead - 29 March 14:00-15:30 CEST Find more information about this session here
    • European Polar Board - Introducing Polardex: Database of polar research and infrastructure and planned routes 29 March 16:00-18:00 CEST Find more infomration about this session here 
    • INTERACT Transnational Access User Community - 29 March 9:30-13:00 CEST Find more information about this session here
    • SIOS - Diversity, equity, inclusion and field safety: An Arctic Perspective 29 March 13:00-15:00 CEST Find more information about this session here 
    • EU-PolarNet2 - Workshop: Norwegian contributions to networking and polar research in Horizon Europe - 30 March 14:00-18:00 CEST - find more information about this event here
    • CAPARDUS - Workshop 31 March 2022 14:00-18:00 Find the agenda for this event here 

  •  Arctic Frontiers Science Meeting 31 January- 4th February 2022We are happy to announce the upcoming Arctic Frontiers Science Conference in Tromsø, Norway. The sessions are:
    • Talks and posters from SIOS:
      • Talk: “Status of infrastructure development to optimize the long-term monitoring system in Svalbard: examples from the infrastructure development of the Norwegian node (SIOS-INFRANOR)” by Shridhar Jawak, Inger Jennings, Christiane Hübner, Ilkka Matero, Øystein Godøy, Heikki Lihavainen
      • Talk: “SIOS data infrastructure in Svalbard” by Ilkka Matero, Inger Jennings, Øystein Godøy, Shridhar Jawak, Christiane Hübner, Heikki Lihahavinen, Kim Holmén
      • Poster: “The Svalbard Observing System – monitoring for science and society” by Jasmine Zhang, Christiane Hübner, Zdenka Sokolíčková, Esteban Ramírez Hincapié, René van der Wal, Inger Jennings, Ilkka Matero, Shridhar Jawak, Heikki Lihavainen


  • EU-PolarNet 2/EPB/Cluster Webinar "New Arctic Policy: The New EU Arctic Policy and Research and Innvocation" 24th November 2021, 10:00am CET. Objective: To introduce the new Arctic Policy to the EU polar science community, to discuss the role of Research & Innovation in the new strategy and to see how R&I projects can contribute to the Policy objectives. The webinar will reflect on the contribution of EU Polar Cluster projects to better understandings of changes in the Arctic, as well as to societal benefits. Event chaired by Nicole Biebow (Eu Polar Net 2) and Renuka Badhe (EPB), Speakers included Michel Mann, the EU Special Envoy for the Arctic and Raphael Goulet the Head of Unit, European Commission
  • EU Arctic Forum and Indigenous Peoples' Dialogue - 10-11 November 2021 Brussels, Belgium and Livestream. The European Commission and the European External Action Service organised a high-level EU Arctic Forum and the Annual Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Dialogue on 10 and 11 November 2021 in Brussels.The High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius hosted the events.Concluding session was given by Mr Michael Mann, EU Special Enjoy for Arctic Matters.


  • The 2020 EU Polar Cluster meeting  was held as part of the European Polar Science Week on the 27th October 2020, online, in collaboration with ESA -
  • ASSW (Arctic Science Summit Week) 28 March - 30 March 2020
    • EPP, ARICE, APPLICATE, EUPolarNet involved in sessions
  • Arctic Observing Summit, Iceland, 31st March - 2nd April 2020
    • INTAROS involved in preparatory work
    • KEPLER submitted side session

The EU Polar Cluster website is hosted by the European Polar Board, and managed by the British Antarctic Survey.