ACUNS and APECS, in partnership with Yukon College, announce a call for abstracts for the upcoming "Communities of Change - Building an IPY Legacy" conference, to be held 2-5 October 2009, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

The ACUNS-APECS: Communities of Change - Building an IPY Legacy Conference will highlight research occurring at both poles, including interactions between the cryosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and society. Inter-disciplinary sessions will be arranged based on the number and breadth of abstracts submitted.

Abstracts are solicited in the following areas:
- The impact of sustainable development, economic activity, and polar law on communities, governance, and natural habitats;
- The use of natural, physical, and social sciences to help understand the causes and effects of the changing polar climate;
- Changes to polar marine and terrestrial communities over the short and long term; and
- Changes in research communities and how research is undertaken in the polar regions.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, 15 April 2009.

Abstracts should be less than 500 words and submitted in English. Submissions must be accompanied by brief biographies of the presenting authors (less than 150 words). For further guidelines and more
information about the conference, please go to: