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The IPY 2012 - Conference From Knowledge to Action

The IPY 2012 Conference is the final event of International Polar Year 2007 - 2008, the largest international program of interdisciplinary polar research ever undertaken. This conference will provide an opportunity to apply and disseminate the knowledge and scientific results from IPY from around the world and focus on next steps. Participants will consider ways to translate those new understandings into policy that will guide activities in and enhance stewardship of the polar regions.




The IPY 2012 Conference From Knowledge to Action is the final conference for International Polar Year 2007 - 2008. Building on the results of the IPY St. Petersburg Conference in 2008 and the IPY Oslo Science Conference in 2010, the focus of this conference is to apply the findings and knowledge gained from IPY to policies, programs, and practices and other actions.

The objectives of this conference include:

  • Demonstrating and applying the findings and new knowledge gained through IPY research
  • Providing information to communities in Northern regions on issues of importance to their health and well-being
  • Articulating clear messages about the state of the polar regions
  • Conveying knowledge from IPY research effectively to key audiences
  • Understanding key changes in the polar regions and how they affect Arctic residents
  • Defining and addressing the key issues facing polar regions and identifying appropriate responses

1st Circular November 2010
This upcoming international forum in April 2012 will be a valuable opportunity to demonstrate and apply the latest findings of polar research on a broad range of topics from oceans and sea ice, to permafrost, vegetation and wildlife, to changes in Arctic communities and beyond. The From Knowledge to Action Conference will present the highlights of IPY 2007-2008 and the recent polar science assessments that are advancing our knowledge of the polar regions.

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The abstracts are in - IPY 2012 on track to become one of the largest polar conferences in history


The call for abstracts for the IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference closed on October 7 and the final tally is complete. In total, IPY 2012 Conference received (drum roll, please) 2134 abstracts with contributions from over 45 countries. This represents a significant milestone for the IPY 2012 Conference, which is on track to become one of the largest polar conferences in history.
Over 63% of the abstracts were received in Area 1 (Science Highlights), which is a strong indicator of the robust polar scientific community that is expected at IPY 2012. Areas 2 (Synthesis and Integration), 3 (Knowledge to Action), and 4 (Public Engagement) received a combined total of 37% of the abstracts, with significant contributions from policy- makers, social scientists, indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations and more.
The top 5 contributing countries were: Canada, USA, Russia, Norway, and Germany, in that respective order.
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