News Archive

April 22, 2012 – With the theme From Knowledge to Action, the International Polar Year 2012 Conference will bring together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, non-government, education and circumpolar communities, including indigenous peoples. The conference, held in Montreal, Canada from April 22 to 27, will contribute to the translation of new polar scientific findings into an evidence-based agenda for action that will influence global decisions, policies and outcomes over the coming years.

June 2010 – In June 2010 Oslo, Norway hosted the International Polar Year 2010 Conference –the largest polar science meeting ever – to celebrate and publish early results from the International Polar Year 2007-2008. The conference presented the first opportunity for scientists who participated in the 160 IPY science cluster projects to get together after completing their IPY field activities.

April 2010 – The Final Report of the US National Committee for International Polar Year 2007-2008 was released. This report is a package of US IPY highlights that illustrate of the breadth of US activities during International Polar Year. April 2010 Final Report of the US National Committee for International Polar Year 2007-2008

April 6, 2009 – A celebration of the International Polar Year was held at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC.

April 4, 2004The International Council of Science (ICSU) Outline Science Plan summarizes the current state of progress of the ICSU Planning Group for the International Polar Year 2007-2008. The Planning Group is an international, multidisciplinary group of polar scientists, which was established in June 2003 following a proposal from the National Academies’ Polar Research Board, the European Polar Board (EPB), and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

February 4, 2008Support letter re: researchers planning to work in Canada. (PDF file, approx. 4 MB)

January 31, 2007 – Teachers and students are invited to celebrate the beginning of IPY 2007-2008 in their classrooms on March 1, 2007. The Breaking the Ice flyer (PDF available here) describes a few simple activities that can be carried out in classrooms, science centers, parks, galleries, and at home.

October 10, 2006 – A Eurasian Sub-Office for IPY has been opened at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Roshydromet (AARI) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The purpose of the office is to support the planning and implementation of IPY-projects in the Eurasian Arctic including the Russian area in full co-operation with IPY IPO. The office has established an excellent website: In addition to other resources, the web-portal provides detailed descriptions of available infrastructure, maps of IPY activities, and other resources. The office is supported by Russian and foreign agencies and institutions (including AARI, NPI, AWI, NSF/OPP, SPRS) until one year past the conclusion of IPY.

July 8, 2006 – The next Open Consultative Forum on IPY will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia as part of the biennial meeting of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Go to for details.

June 8-9, 2006 – The Polar Research Board, which serves as the US National Committee for IPY, will meet June 8-9, 2006, at the National Academy of Sciences main building, 2100 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC. See the PRB homepage for details.

June 2006 – The international Joint Committee for IPY continues to make progress: it has formed subcommittees on data management and education, outreach, and communication. Go to for details. Don’t forget to visit the Proposal Database that summarizes current IPY expressions of interest by region and science topic.

May 2006 – IPY recommendations from a data management workshop for the International Polar Year (IPY) are now available. The National Snow and Ice Data Center and the IPY Programme Office hosted the data management workshop at the the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, England, on March 3 and 4, 2006. More than forty participants from thirteen countries participated in the workshop, which followed the first meeting of the IPY Data Policy and Management Subcommittee. Participants developed specific recommendations on engaging archives, data discovery and access methods, standards and interoperability, and ways to ensure that all IPY data are captured and readily available. Workshop participants aimed to develop an implementation plan for the IPY Data and Information Service (IPYDIS). A final workshop report, Glaciological Data Report 33, is now available. For additional information and follow-up details from the meeting, see the workshop Web site.

May 31, 2006Belgium to build biosphere in Antarctic (Agence France Presse — English)

April 26, 2006 – Letter from the IP JC on funding for national research programs and IPY data management resources and requirements.

February 1, 2006 – Download the NSF IPY Call for Proposals.

January 31, 2006 – Third and final call for the submission of Full IPY Proposals.

Winter 2005 – Please go to this link for a chart that summarizes all current IPY expressions of interest by region and science topic.

Fall 2005 – Please go to this link for the most current news about IPY activities, including deadlines and other information from the IPY Joint Committee.

May 2005 – International Programme Office established. Following an international competition ICSU and WMO agreed that the IPO will be located at the British Antarctic Survey from November 2004 and funding for the office until 2010 has been offered by the UK Natural Environment Research Council. An international competition was then launched to appoint an IPY Director with a deadline for applications of Jan 20th 2005. In the interim, Dr. Cynan Ellis-Evans of British Antarctic Survey agreed to act as interim Director. Dr. Ellis-Evans has overseen the Expression of Intent exercise in January 2005 and the first meetings of the Joint Committee and Consultative Forum in March 2005. The full-time Director will be Dr. David Carlson (from Boulder, Colorado), who took up the post from May 9, 2005.

June 6, 2005 – Dr. Bruce Alberts, president of the US National Academy of Sciences and chairman of the National Research Council, has delivered a report to Congress on planning for International Polar Year 2007-2008, as called for in Senate Resolution 466. The letter from Dr. Alberts highlights the increasing momentum of IPY planning, provides an overview of the IPY organizing themes, discusses international participation in IPY, and encourages Congress to make the United States a leader in IPY activities. It is accompanied by copies of two National Academies reports, A Vision for IPY 2007-2008 and IPY 2007-2008: Report of an Implementation Workshop.

March 13, 2005 – The US National Committee for IPY has issued a Letter on the progress of US IPY planning.

November 24, 2004 – To facilitate the submission of arctic social science and humanities expressions of intent (pre-proposals) to the ICSU by January 14, 2004, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) has launched an initiative to create a vigorous exchange of ideas, discussion, and active communication.

November 12, 2004 – ICSU-WMO has released a new report, “A Framework for the International Polar Year,” that summarizes IPY planning.

November 9, 2004 – The ICSU/WMO IPY “Expression of Intent” is available. US researchers should first read this cover letter from the US National Committee and then the WMO/ICSU cover letter. A copy of the Expression of Interest Form is available here and the IPY criteria are available here. Please note that these are all .doc files. Actual submissions of Expressions should be done at the ICSU IPY Planning Committee Website.

October 26, 2004 – The NSF has announced a call for proposals that includes IPY submissions. Full details are available at the NSF web site.

October 25, 2004 – The AGU schedule for IPY is now available. There will be one full oral session, one half oral session, and one poster session.

October 20, 2004 – The AMS schedule for IPY is now available. There will be one full oral session, and one poster session.

October 11, 2004 – The U.S. Senate passes S.RES.466 celebrating anniversaries of the International Polar Years and the International Geophysical Year. The full text is available here and it will be stored on the Resources page.

October 11, 2004 – The first “newsgram” is available here and future newsgrams will be available at the Resources page. These newsgrams will be released monthly and they will provide the latest information on IPY events, proposals, meetings, etc.

October 11, 2004 – The pre-publication version of the IPY workshop report is available for on-line viewing at here (PDF).

October 7, 2004 – The USNC Vision Report is available as a free PDF here.

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