XI. International Conference on Permafrost

20 - 24 June 2016, Potsdam, Germany

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we are very happy to host a policy symposium on the first day of the conference to discuss the role of permafrost research at the science policy interface.

The symposium will take place on Monday 20 June 2016 from 18:15 until 19:45 in the conference hall, prior to the conference BBQ.

This session will discuss policy implications of changing permafrost with representatives of those countries that are directly affected by such changes. In addition to the Arctic countries with widespread permafrost distribution (Canada, Russia and the USA), these are also countries with mountain permafrost, such as Switzerland and China. The session will be opened by a generally understandable scientific keynote and then include short panel presentations by representatives of these five countries, followed by a panel discussion. The panel is composed of policy representatives and scientists with experience in working at the science-­‐policy interface. Panelists will address the following guiding questions:

  • What are the global ,regional and local policy-relevant risks related to changing permafrost? 
  • How does the scientific community generate policy-relevant permafrost knowledge and how is this knowledge communicated to policy makers? 

The session is co-­‐organized by the International Arctic Science Committee, Ecologic Institute and the Embassy of Canada in Berlin. It is open for all conference participants and invited representatives of the Ministries, Embassies, Think Tanks and Foundations in the Berlin capital area.

Keynote:
“Permafrost: critical questions, emerging answers”
Antoni G. Lewkowicz (University of Ottawa, Canada, President of the International Permafrost Association)

Panel:
José Romero (Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications)
Norah Foy (Polar Knowledge Canada)
Nikolai Shiklomanov (The George Washington University, USA)
Tingjun Zhang (Lanzhou University, China)
Oleg Anisimov (State Hydrological Institute, Russia)

We are looking forward to see you at the symposium during the conference!

The ICOP local organizers 

  • Five days of top permafrost presentations and posters
  • All sessions (oral and poster) in one place
  • Many social events and local excursions
  • Several field trips in Europe and Yakutia
  • A full program of dedicated activities for young researchers
  • Opportunities for side meetings and informal discussions
  • Great venue close to most of the UNESCO-listed sights of Potsdam