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IPA funding for Action Groups

(Logo: IPA) The IPA is pleased to introduce a call for funded Action Groups. Action Groups are meant to fund targeted groups working towards the production of well-defined products. Action Groups will be funded on a competitive basis at up to 2500 € per year (maximum of 5000 € over the life of an Action Group). Up to 10 000 € per year of the IPA total budget will be devoted to Action Groups.
These groups will have limited terms and will need to focus on clearly defined research outputs, such as maps, science plans, or databases, that can be supported through the organization of workshops, management support, technical support, etc.
The application form is attached to this email and available online at: The deadline for Action Group proposals will be October 30, 2014.
The application process requires the demonstration of a clear timeline and clear deliverables for the Action Group. It also calls for the involvement of young researchers and a commitment to disseminate results. Do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat of the IPA for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

What is PYRN?

(Photo: PYRN) New ExCom Alexandre Bevington (Vice-President), George Tanski (President), Elin Hogstrom (Secretary), Sylvie Harder (Outreach/Newsletter), Josefine Lenz (Treasurer), Elena Kuznetsova, Alexey Maslakov, Denis Frolov (Webmaster), Jens Strauss (Outreach/Newsletter, ICOP Representative)The Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) is an international organization established under auspices of the International Permafrost Association (IPA). The organization fosters an innovative collaboration, seeking to recruit, retain and promote, future generations of permafrost young researchers.

PYRN was officially initiated during the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) in order to meet the provisions of the IPY instrument, i.e. to direct the multi-disciplinary talents of their members, towards global awareness, knowledge and response to permafrost-related challenges in the 21st century.

PYRN continues to increase and broaden its activities and initiatives. In addition to the capacity-building tools provided by the website, the newsletter and the member listing, PYRN has progressively established itself as a true service provider for the young researcher community.
PYRN organized and carried out workshops e.g. at the 2014 European Geosciences Union General Assembly and 4th European Conference on Permafrost. PYRN also granted PYRN-IPA awards to outstanding presenters at the 4th European Conference on Permafrost. Click here ( to read more about current activities of PYRN.

PYRN recently elected its new Executive Committee for 2014-2016 and looks forward to hosting several new activities in coming years.
PYRN members will continue to organize workshops at major conferences, including the International Conference on Permafrost. Additionally, PYRN is committed to expanding its online and international presence by growing its database of abstracts and theses and by promoting online networking tools (including its newsletter, job postings, and researcher and conference lists) to help permafrost young researchers connect across disciplines.

PYRN has been mostly successful because of its partners and sponsors. The full list of current sponsors is available here (

PYRN - IPA Awards 2014

(Photo: PYRN - IPA) Marc Oliva announcing the 2014 PYRN-IPA award winners during EUCOP4 closing ceremonyThe Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN) hosted its 2014 Outstanding Presentation Award series at the Fourth European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP4) in Évora, Portugal, sponsored by the IPA. 32 oral and 15 poster presentations took part in the competition and were judged by two senior researchers each.

The 2014 PYRN-IPA Award for outstanding oral presentation:

Bethany Deshpande (Centre for Northern Studies of Laval University, Canada) for "Permafrost thaw lakes: Anaerobic bioreactors in the forest-tundra region of the Canadian subarctic".

The 2014 PYRN-IPA Award for outstanding poster presentation:

Jana Eichel (Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany) for "Interactions between solifluction processes and vegetation on lateral moraines in the Turtmann glacier forefield (Switzerland)"

(Photo: PYRN - IPA) Bethany Deshpande receiving her award from Anne Morgenstern, Marc Oliva and IPA President Antoni Lewkowicz during EUCOP4 closing ceremonyIn addition to the regular PYRN-IPA awards for outstanding presentations, this year's series also included an award for the best FrostByte produced by the participants of the Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop, which was held prior to EUCOP4 ( The production of the about 90 FrostBytes was strongly supported by the Climate and Cryosphere project (CliC), which also hosts the FrostBytes on its website (

The winner of the PYRN-IPA Award for Best FrostByte created for the Permafrost Young Researchers Workshop 2014 is:

Sina Muster (Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Potsdam, Germany) for "Decomposing Arctic Land Cover" (

PYRN congratulates all winners and gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of the IPA, allowing each recipient to receive a cash prize of 250€, together with a framed certificate. PYRN also would like to thank the session conveners and other senior scientists for evaluating the contributions as well as the volunteers on the Awards Organizing Committee.

Text by Anne Morgenstern, Marc Oliva and the PYRN network

The IPA congratulates all winners and wishes them many luck and success in their future career!

ART Workshop: call for papers

(Logo: ART)The registration is now open for the second Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Science Workshop to be held in Brest, France, from 21-24 October 2014.
The ART workshop about "Integrating spatial and temporal scales in the changing Arctic System: towards future research priorities" (ISTAS) aims at discussing the integration of spatial and temporal scales to better understand the changing Arctic system as a whole, by including various Arctic research fields such as permafrost land-ocean interactions, physical oceanography, sea-ice, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems functioning, marine biodiversity, ocean-atmosphere exchanges and ocean acidification, paleo-reconstruction and biological archives, and social sciences.
During the workshop, in parallel sessions and discussion groups future Arctic research priorities will be elaborated Payday Loans. Results of this workshop feed into the larger ICARP III meeting (3rd International Conference on Arctic Research Planning) in Toyama, Japan in April 2015 (

This international workshop is jointly organized by the Arctic in Rapid Transition initiative (ART,, an official IASC network (, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS,, and the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM, France,
The workshop is open to any scientist who share a common interest in improving our understanding of ongoing changes in the Arctic and developing dialogues on interdisciplinary Arctic research approaches and future directions.
Click here for more information and to register for the Workshop.

PAGE21 young researchers at EUCOP 2014: Inga May

(Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) Permafrost research Break – Out Session: Politics, northern communities and outreach at PYRW during EUCOP 4

Last week (18.06 – 21.06.2014) the European Conference on Permafrost (EUCOP4) was held in Évora, Portugal. Over 400 participants from all over the world came to this event to present their newest studies in permafrost research, exchange experiences and enjoying the fabulous weather and the excellent food!

One day before the official conferences started, young scientists had the opportunity to participate in the 'Permafrost Young Researcher Workshop' organized by the Association of Polar Earlier Career Scientists (APECS), the EU-project PAGE21 (Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century), PYRN (Permafrost Young Researchers Network) and the Canadian project ADAPT (Arctic Development and Adaptation to Permafrost in Transition), sponsored by the International Permafrost Association (IPA)

(Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) Permafrost research The workshop was composed of lectures in the early morning and break-out sessions during the rest of the day. The day was finished by a vital discussion in the 'world café' about ICARP III activities.

The break-out session covered a wide range of different subjects, not directly related to permafrost research itself, but to a good and successful career as a scientist. In small groups the young researchers could learn something about modelling, about work-life balance, and about many more.
Together with Gerlis Fugmann (APECS) and Kenji Yoshikawa (University of Fairbanks, Alaska), I was invited as a guest speaker to the session called 'Politics, northern communities and outreach' led by Ylva Sjöberg and Julie Lepage.
About 30 participants came to attend in the early afternoon to hear something about our experience in outreach and education and the work with indigenous people in the North. Gerlis – as a human geographer – started the session with a short overview about northern communities in the Canadian Arctic.
She gave a comprehensive overview about the history of these villages and motivated everybody to get in closer contact with the inhabitants of the North and involve them in the research work conducted in and around their communities. Afterwards Kenji and I continued by giving concrete examples of outreach.
(Photo: Hjalti Þ. Hreinsson) Permafrost research I started with an example from Umiujaq in Northern Quebec. Umiujaq is a very small village with about 300 inhabitants: During my PhD I went there almost 10 times for field work and hence got in touch with the Inuit, especially the kids. I realized their interest in my devices and work and decided in 2010 to do a little workshop with them at their school.
After I got in contact with the teachers and talked to them about potential activities, I planned some inside and some outside exercises for the pupils. One of my colleagues from INRS (Canada) helped me during the day. The workshop was a great success and the kids as well as we learned a lot and had a lot of fun.

Kenji talked about his project and introduced the famous 'tunnelman' to the audience. The participants of the workshop all seemed to be really interested and a good discussion during the last 20 minutes concluded the session.