Upcoming Events

Calendar of meetings and events relevant to the U.S. ice drilling science and technology communities.

77th Eastern Snow Conference (ESC)

June 9-11, 2020
York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Based on current national/local guidance for the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty of travel restrictions this summer for both Canada and the United States, the ESC Steering Committee has decided to postpone the 77th ESC Meeting scheduled for 9 - 11 June 2020, York University, Toronto, Canada.

The Committee explored other options including how to host the ESC as a virtual meeting; however, with resources dedicated across all Canada and US universities/colleges to “distance learning”, setting up such a meeting appeared to be an insurmountable challenge given our time constraints.

Our selected option is to postpone the 77th ESC Meeting until next year. We anticipate the ESC Meeting will be at the same host location (York University, Toronto, Canada) and approximately the same timing (early June 2021). The local organizing committee had put together a wonderful program, and we look forward to the rescheduled program next year. Please look for a meeting announcement around Fall 2020.

The 77th Eastern Snow Conference (ESC) will be held at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 9 – 11 June 2020. This meeting marks a return to Canada after a two-year hiatus, and a return to Toronto for the first time in a quarter of a century.

The scientific program is open to sessions on theoretical, experimental, remote sensing, modeling, and operational studies of snow, ice, and winter hydrology. We anticipate including sessions on a wide variety of snow and ice themes, including in situ observations of snow, radar measurement of snow, and high latitude snow processes. The ESC has only plenary (oral and poster viewing) sessions, allowing time to view and discuss the research of each participant. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or a poster presentation (please indicate type). An abstract of 250-300 words should be submitted by 31 March 2020 to the program chair: Dr. Krystopher Chutko krys.chutko@usask.ca

Students are encouraged to enter the ESC Student Paper Competitions. The winner of the best submitted student paper will receive the Wiesnet Medal and a $750 prize. The Campbell Scientific Canada Award (open only to Canadian students) of $500 will be awarded to the submitted paper demonstrating the most innovative use of technology in the gathering of data. In addition, the David Hewitt Miller Student Poster Award of $100 will be awarded to the best student poster.

To be considered for the Wiesnet and Campbell awards, please send an electronic copy of the paper with the supervisor's endorsement (separate email) to the Chair of the Research Committee (B. Forman), no later than 1 May 2020. Please consult the ESC web site for conditions and details. Dr. Barton Forman baforman@umd.edu

All papers, extended abstracts, or abstracts will be published in the 77th Proceedings of the Eastern Snow Conference. Please consult the ESC web site for details on submission.

Conference information on registration and accommodations will be forthcoming and will be posted on the ESC website: https://www.easternsnow.org

9th SCAR Open Science Conference: Antarctic Science - Global Connections

31 July to 11 August 2020
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

The SCAR COMNAP 2020 Local Organising Committee, in consultation with the SCAR and COMNAP Executive Committees have decided to cancel SCAR COMNAP 2020 in light of the global Coronavirus situation. The Committee has given due consideration to local Tasmanian and Australian health advice as well as the global response to the pandemic.

The Australian Antarctic Division, the State Government of Tasmania, and the Australian Academy of Science welcomes SCAR and COMNAP participants and Delegates to SCAR COMNAP 2020.

SCAR COMNAP 2020 will include a full program of meetings, symposia, side events and social events including the COMNAP Symposium, public SCAR lecture, and exhibition and poster sessions all structured to encourage SCAR and COMNAP attendee participation. It promises to be a world class event, capitalising on Hobart’s unique status as the gateway to East Antarctica and the home of Australia’s premier Antarctic institutions.

The SCAR Open Science Conference theme “Antarctic Science – Global Connections” recognises the significance of the scientific connections between Antarctica and the global system. It also reflects the strongly connected Antarctic science community and, in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty system, the importance of collaboration in Antarctic science.

5th International Frozen Pasts Conference (FP5) - Glacial & Ice Patch Archaeology International Conference

September 15-18, 2020
Montana, USA

FP5 represents the continuing tradition of the conferences themed around glacial and ice patch archaeology begun in Bern in 2008. The schedule for the conference is described on the website: https://instaar.colorado.edu/meetings/frozenpasts5/program.html

We have a wonderful program lined up with leading tribal figures sharing plenary lunch presentations, in-conference field-trips, and a keynote address on the emergence of glacial and ice patch archaeology in the Mongolian Altai by Dr. William Taylor.

2020 WAIS Workshop

October 5-8, 2020
Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA, USA

The 2020 WAIS workshop will be held in Sterling, Virginia, in the Washington DC area at Algonkian Regional Park. Sponsored by the NSF and NASA, the workshop will focus on marine ice-sheet and adjacent earth systems, with particular emphasis on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. 

More details on the 2020 edition of the WAIS Workshop will be sent out to the WAIS Workshop listserv and Cryolist in the Spring.

IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference

October 18-23, 2020
Crans-Montana, Switzerland


Ice cores provide information about past climate and environmental conditions as well as direct records of the composition of the atmosphere on timescales from decades to hundreds of millennia. With the pioneering work of Hans Oeschger of University of Bern on carbon dioxide in polar ice cores, a long tradition of ice core research in Switzerland began. Less known is that Hans Oeschger also initiated a high-alpine drilling project on Colle Gnifetti in Switzerland in the 1970s. To acknowledge Hans Oeschger’s important contribution to these two ice core fields and to foster the link between the corresponding communities the theme of the conference is Ice Core Science at the three Poles.

AGU Fall Meeting 2020

December 7-11, 2020
San Francisco, CA

Fall Meeting is the largest gathering of Earth and space scientists in the world. We are working to prepare for three possible scenarios for Fall Meeting sessions, keynotes and networking:

  • As usual, with a mix of virtual and in-person in San Francisco, CA
  • Heavier on virtual with some in-person in San Francisco, CA
  • 100% virtual

Arctic Science Summit Week 2021

March 20-26, 2021
Lisbon, Portugal

Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Local Organizing Committee will host the Arctic Science Summit Week 2021. The Conference is organized by FCT, Ciência Viva, AIR Center, the Portuguese Arctic Community and by IASC and partners. Framed by the overarching theme for the Science Conference "The Arctic: Regional Changes, Global Impacts," Lisbon invites International experts on the Arctic and Indigenous Peoples to discuss the "New Arctic" and also its impacts and interactions to and with the lower latitudes.