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PCECLM 2015 announced

(Photo: Getty Images) The second international Polar Climate and Environmental Change in the Last Millennium will take place in Torun, Poland 24 – 26 of August 2015.

The aim of the conference is to present scientific achievements, detect gaps in the field of the historical climatology of the area of Polar Regions based on early meteorological observations, history, dendroclimatology, paleolimnology, geophysics, geomorphology and other sources.

Conference topics include:

• Sources of paleoclimate information;
• Research methods of climatic changes in historical times;
• The climate of the area of polar regions in the last millennium and its changeability;
• Causes and effects of climate change in historical times

Click here for more information about the conference.

IPA funding for Action Groups

(Logo: IPA) The IPA is pleased to introduce a call for funded Action Groups. Action Groups are meant to fund targeted groups working towards the production of well-defined products. Action Groups will be funded on a competitive basis at up to 2500 € per year (maximum of 5000 € over the life of an Action Group). Up to 10 000 € per year of the IPA total budget will be devoted to Action Groups.
These groups will have limited terms and will need to focus on clearly defined research outputs, such as maps, science plans, or databases, that can be supported through the organization of workshops, management support, technical support, etc.
The application form is attached to this email and available online at: The deadline for Action Group proposals will be October 30, 2014.
The application process requires the demonstration of a clear timeline and clear deliverables for the Action Group. It also calls for the involvement of young researchers and a commitment to disseminate results. Do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat of the IPA for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

What is PYRN?

(Photo: PYRN) New ExCom Alexandre Bevington (Vice-President), George Tanski (President), Elin Hogstrom (Secretary), Sylvie Harder (Outreach/Newsletter), Josefine Lenz (Treasurer), Elena Kuznetsova, Alexey Maslakov, Denis Frolov (Webmaster), Jens Strauss (Outreach/Newsletter, ICOP Representative)The Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) is an international organization established under auspices of the International Permafrost Association (IPA). The organization fosters an innovative collaboration, seeking to recruit, retain and promote, future generations of permafrost young researchers.

PYRN was officially initiated during the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) in order to meet the provisions of the IPY instrument, i.e. to direct the multi-disciplinary talents of their members, towards global awareness, knowledge and response to permafrost-related challenges in the 21st century.

PYRN continues to increase and broaden its activities and initiatives. In addition to the capacity-building tools provided by the website, the newsletter and the member listing, PYRN has progressively established itself as a true service provider for the young researcher community.
PYRN organized and carried out workshops e.g. at the 2014 European Geosciences Union General Assembly and 4th European Conference on Permafrost. PYRN also granted PYRN-IPA awards to outstanding presenters at the 4th European Conference on Permafrost. Click here ( to read more about current activities of PYRN.

PYRN recently elected its new Executive Committee for 2014-2016 and looks forward to hosting several new activities in coming years.
PYRN members will continue to organize workshops at major conferences, including the International Conference on Permafrost. Additionally, PYRN is committed to expanding its online and international presence by growing its database of abstracts and theses and by promoting online networking tools (including its newsletter, job postings, and researcher and conference lists) to help permafrost young researchers connect across disciplines.

PYRN has been mostly successful because of its partners and sponsors. The full list of current sponsors is available here (

PYRN - IPA Awards 2014

(Photo: PYRN - IPA) Marc Oliva announcing the 2014 PYRN-IPA award winners during EUCOP4 closing ceremonyThe Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) hosted its 2014 Outstanding Presentation Award series at the Fourth European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP4) in Évora, Portugal, sponsored by the IPA. 32 oral and 15 poster presentations took part in the competition and were judged by two senior researchers each.

The 2014 PYRN-IPA Award for outstanding oral presentation:

Bethany Deshpande (Centre for Northern Studies of Laval University, Canada) for "Permafrost thaw lakes: Anaerobic bioreactors in the forest-tundra region of the Canadian subarctic".

The 2014 PYRN-IPA Award for outstanding poster presentation:

Jana Eichel (Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany) for "Interactions between solifluction processes and vegetation on lateral moraines in the Turtmann glacier forefield (Switzerland)"

(Photo: PYRN - IPA) Bethany Deshpande receiving her award from Anne Morgenstern, Marc Oliva and IPA President Antoni Lewkowicz during EUCOP4 closing ceremonyIn addition to the regular PYRN-IPA awards for outstanding presentations, this year's series also included an award for the best FrostByte produced by the participants of the Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop, which was held prior to EUCOP4 ( The production of the about 90 FrostBytes was strongly supported by the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC), which also hosts the FrostBytes on its website (

The winner of the PYRN-IPA Award for Best FrostByte created for the Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop 2014 is:

Sina Muster (Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany) for "Decomposing Arctic Land Cover" (

PYRN congratulates all winners and gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of the IPA, allowing each recipient to receive a cash prize of 250€, together with a framed certificate. PYRN also would like to thank the session conveners and other senior scientists for evaluating the contributions as well as the volunteers on the Awards Organizing Committee.

Text by Anne Morgenstern, Marc Oliva and the PYRN network

The IPA congratulates all winners and wishes them many luck and success in their future career!

ART Workshop: call for papers

(Logo: ART)The registration is now open for the second Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Workshop to be held in Brest, France, from 21-24 October 2014.
The ART workshop about "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities" (ISTAS) aims at discussing the integration of spatial and temporal scales to better understand the changing Arctic system as a whole, by including various Arctic research fields such as permafrost land-ocean interactions, physical oceanography, sea-ice, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems functioning, marine biodiversity, ocean-atmosphere exchanges and ocean acidification, paleo-reconstruction and biological archives, and social sciences.
During the workshop, in parallel sessions and discussion groups future Arctic research priorities will be elaborated Payday Loans. Results of this workshop feed into the larger ICARP III meeting (3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning) in Toyama, Japan in April 2015 (

This international workshop is jointly organized by the Arctic in Rapid Transition initiative (ART,, an official IASC network (, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS,, and the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM, France,
The workshop is open to any scientist who share a common interest in improving our understanding of ongoing changes in the Arctic and developing dialogues on interdisciplinary Arctic research approaches and future directions.
Click here for more information and to register for the Workshop.