POLAR 2018

                          15. - 26. Juni 2018
                            Davos, Schweiz


POLAR2018 war eine gemeinsame Konferenz des Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) und des International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Die SCAR Sitzungen, die Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) und die Open Science Conference wurden von der Eidgenössischen Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL) unter der Schirmherrschaft des Schweizer Komitees für Polar- und Hochgebirgsforschung beherbergt. Das Deutsche Arktisbüro hat zum Konferenzprogramm mit einem Mini-Symposium beigetragen, das sich auf die Schnittstelle zwischen Wissenschaft und Arktis- bzw. Antarktispolitik konzentrierte:
Polar Science and Policy: Status and future challenges
Thursday, 21 June 2018, 11am – 12.30pm Main Audience: Polar scientists and policy makers A sound scientific basis is the key to developing appropriate and effective policy-responses. Creating the conditions for science-based decision-making requires a two-way communication between researchers and policy-makers. To translate new polar scientific findings into policy recommendations supporting an evidence-based agenda, researchers should not only communicate their findings but must also listen to and address policy-makers´ questions. The POLAR 2018 conference, assembling the latest science from both Polar Regions, presents an ideal venue to facilitate this science-policy dialogue while assessing the challenges that they face now and in the coming future. Both IASC (International Arctic Science Committee) and SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) are well connected to the main political bodies in the Polar Regions, namely the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty system, and providing scientific advice to policy makers is an integral part of their mission. IASC has recently established an Action Group dealing with the science-policy interface and SCAR has a standing committee on the Antarctic Treaty System (SC-ATS). This mini-symposium will include short presentations of Arctic and Antarctic researchers and policy-makers, followed by a panel discussion. The focus will not be on communicating scientific findings but rather on analyzing some success stories from the Polar Regions, such as the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (also known as the Madrid Protocol) and the Arctic Council Agreement on Enhancing Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic, among others. High-level policy-makers from both the Arctic and Antarctic will present their views on how science should be used for evidence-based decision-making and provide guidance to Polar scientists on research topics that require their input.


1.     José Xavier - Chair (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and British Antarctic Survey, United

2.         Volker Rachold - Introduction (German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany)

3.          Ambassdor Aleksi Härkönen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland) - Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council

4.          Birgit Njåstad (Norwegian Polar Institute) and Ewan McIvor (Australian Antarctic Division) - Chair and Ex-Chair, respectively, of the Committee on Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty

5.          Gosia Smieszek (Arctic Center, University of Lapland) - Chair of IASC´s Action Group on Communicating Arctic Science to Policy-Makers

6.          Steven Chown (Monash University) – President of SCAR and Ex-Chair of SCAR´s Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System

7.          Ambassador Stefan Flückiger (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) – Coordinator of Arctic Policies

Panel Discussion moderated by Volker Rachold and José Xavier

Time allocated 1h and 30 min. = 50 minutes of 8 minute short talks + 40 minutes of panel with brainstorming between participants and the audience

Bio of all speakers Organizers:
Volker Rachold, German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany);
José Xavier, University of Coimbra (Portugal) and British Antarctic Survey (United Kingdom)