These global issues will be considered in the polar regions within the context of the ICSU Grand Challenges and the research priorities of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences (IACS) and other ICSU Unions and Interdisciplinary Scientific Bodies with interests in polar sciences.
Identifying and acting on the
grand challenges for ‘global sustainability’ research and
transferring scientific outputs into reliable short-medium term advice
for decision makers will be increasingly critical over the coming
decades. This applies in Polar Regions as much as
for other parts of the Earth. But in the polar regions the ICSU
International Polar Year 2007-2008 has heightened public awareness
of environmental issues and has opened a dialogue with policy makers to
find sustainable solutions in the face on unprecedented and rapid
speakers will outline the major current global challenges and changes
in terrestrial and oceanic domains in the polar regions
and highlight how these are linked to the ICSU Grand Challenges in Global Sustainability.
A Panel Session,
involving representatives of a range of ICSU bodies, will discuss the
relevance of polar urgencies to their organisations research priorities,
and to the overall ICSU strategy.
The programme includes a reception at the Antarctic Museum and a visit at the Historic Siena in the evening of the first day and
the opportunities for coach tour to visit nearby Monteriggioni and/or San Gimignano in the afternoon of the second day.
For more information and to register for the Symposium please visit the symposium's website.
Registration open: Polar Symposium, Siena (Italy), 23-24 September 2011
Thu, May 26, 2011
Registration is now open for the Polar Symposium in Siena, Italy, September 23-24, 2011 "Research urgencies in the Polar Regions and their links to the ICSU Grand Challenges in Global Sustainability". It will address all aspects of polar science, with a focus on the functioning of the Earth System in the Arctic and Antarctic, the major drivers of pervasive change and the as yet unaddressed research issues in these regions.