Dr. Christian Haas, SmartICE Pond Inlet team member . Photo: SmartICE
Women in Northern Science Reception at ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting in Winnipeg, MB — POLAR hosted the Women in Northern Science event on December 8, 2016 to celebrate the accomplishments of women in Arctic sciences and generate discussions on the persistent barriers facing women, as well as strategies for leveraging individual strengths to reach new heights. A panel of female scientists and science professionals from various stages in their careers started the event by speaking about their experiences in northern science, which was followed by a general discussion involving all 200 participants.
Kitikmeot Trade Show — POLAR representatives participated in the Kitikmeot Trade Show, which took
place on February 6-8, 2017 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. This annual event brings together businesses, federal, territorial and municipal governments, regulatory agencies and Inuit organizations from the
Kitikmeot region and other communities across Canada. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and POLAR also hosted a sneak peek of the Main Research Building of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Campus on February 6.
Housing Forum Planning meeting — The Committee on Northern Housing and Community Infrastructure, coordinated by POLAR, met with housing experts and stakeholders in Yellowknife on February 22-23, 2017 to begin planning the Northern Community Housing Forum, an event to take place in January 2018 in Yellowknife, NWT. The forum will bring together multidisciplinary experts and individuals dealing with housing challenges in the north.
Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy (ARENA) training course — March 20-26, 2017 – the first ARENA inaugural session will be in Yellowknife. The purpose is to raise renewable energy literacy and encourage uptake of clean energy projects in the north. More information is available on the ARENA website: http://arena.alaska.edu/.
Arctic Science Summit Week — March 31-April 7, 2017 - Prague, Czech Republic - the largest annual
gathering of Arctic researchers and organizations to share new research findings and explore opportunities to increase international coordination, cooperation and collaboration. For more information, visit: http://www.assw2017.eu/.
Did You Know?
SmartICE — SmartICE (Sea-ice Monitoring and Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments) received the laureate for the 2016 Arctic Inspiration Prize. SmartIce seeks to develop a near real-time monitoring and dissemination system that integrates Inuit traditional knowledge to improve safety conditions by informing decisions about coastal sea-ice travel and shipping. More information is available on the SmartICE website: https://smartice.org/
Summer Students — POLAR launched a summer student hiring process, looking for northern students that have an interest in science and technology and knowledge mobilization to work in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Deadline for applications was March 3rd, 2017. We look forward to welcoming students to POLAR for this summer’s field season!