The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS), in partnership with Yukon College, announces a final call for abstracts for the 9th ACUNS International Student Conference on Northern Studies and Polar Regions: Communities of Change - Building an IPY Legacy. The
conference will be held 2-5 October 2009 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

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 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.

Poster proposals and travel support applications are also being accepted.

For information regarding the submission of a poster proposal or travel support, please visit the conference website.

The abstract submission deadline is Sunday 31 May 2009.

Questions may be directed to the conference organizers at: