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World's largest polar science conference to take place in Oslo

There's still time for media to register for the largest polar science meeting ever held. The conference will celebrate and publish early results from the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY).

WHAT: International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference
WHEN: June 8 to 12, 2010
WHERE: Norway Trade Fairs, Lillestrom, Norway (15 minutes by train from Oslo)

The conference is the first opportunity after completion of IPY field activities for direct interaction among participants from all 160 IPY science cluster projects. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for journalists to keep up to date with the latest in global climate research some of which will provide the scientific foundation for COP16 in Mexico in November, and the next IPCC report.

REGISTER NOW: To get full access to the conference activities and content, media will need to obtain a participant card. Media representatives are eligible for waived registration fees. Eligibility for press registration must be substantiated through submission of the Press Registration Form with the required documentation.

For more information on the procedure for press registration:

Included in the participant card is free transport between the city and the venue, a free lunch at the venue, and access to social events. To receive your card on arrival, register before June 1.


  • A focus on climate research
  • More than 2,000 participants from 60 nations
  • 1200 oral presentations in almost 40 sessions
  • Over 500 early career scientists from around the world
  • Results from science education and outreach efforts


IPY was an intensive, internationally coordinated scientific research campaign in the Arctic and the Antarctic sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In two action-packed years, IPY researchers observed exciting new phenomena, made fundamental scientific discoveries, developed new methods and tools, advanced interdisciplinary and international links in polar science and, most importantly, gained new understanding of the role of the Polar Regions in the total Earth system.

The IPY Oslo Science Conference will emphasize the breadth and global impact of polar research during IPY. It will highlight the extraordinary interdisciplinary and multinational efforts in research and in communication of research to the public. Participants will present early scientific results from all the IPY themes, particularly in the urgent areas of:

  1. Linkages between polar regions and global systems
  2. Past, present and future changes in polar regions
  3. Polar ecosystems and biodiversity
  4. Health and well-being of northern people and communities
  5. New frontiers and new directions in polar research
  6. Polar science education, outreach and communication

To view the conference program:


  • Serviced press centre available to all registered journalists
  • Full time photographer will provide pool photos from the event
  • High resolution photos available daily on conference website
  • Conference photographer can be commissioned for portraits of interviewees, etc.
  • Photographers available for demanding tasks at the rate of about USD $1000 per full day
  • Morning media briefings held to present the key activities of the day
  • Plenary sessions and other activities streamed live on the web
  • Afternoon PolarEXCHANGE sessions organized as moderated talk shows to explore scientific highlights

Plenary speakers will be urged to make themselves available for questions from the press immediately after their lectures. Suitable backdrops and the necessary lights will be provided at these improvised press conferences.


Contact: Mr. Kristen Ulstein
Arctic Institute of North America

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