The main theme of the 6th NRF Open Assembly "Our Ice Dependent World" is to address the impact of dwindling ice - terrestrial as well as ocean bound - on the complex interface of nature and society in all climatic zones of the world. In light of man-made aspects of climate change, the natural phenomena of ice is gradually becoming a concept of global politics - a common heritage of humankind- affecting societal life in dramatic ways on a global scale. The 6th NRF Open Assembly will focus on the interrelationships of human and environmental dimensions of ice generally in a global context, and particularly in the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Himalayans. The discussions are expected to highlight the role of research, the social relevance of science, and community in addressing the issues globally.

Please see the Thematic Program for further information.

Young researchers and professionals who have passed their MA and plan to complete a doctoral degree or have recently completed a doctoral degree, are eligible to receive full or partial travel funding from the NRF in order to participate in the Assembly.


* Anyone who has completed a Master's degree in the past 2-3 years and has plans to complete a doctoral degree
* Current terminal degree students (e.g., PhD, J.D)
* Post doctoral students/professionals (up to 5 years past terminal degree completion)

Application Process

If interested, please apply by filling out the online application form on the NRF web site on or before March 15, 2010.

For specific questions and additional information, please email the NRF Secretariat,