The primary purpose of this conference is to bring together polar scientists and technology developers in a forum to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions that have been successful in polar environments. This exchange of knowledge helps to address issues of design, implementation, and deployment for systems that are to achieve their operational goals in the polar regions.

Past participants have come from the private sector, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Presentations typically cover system requirements for proposed research along with descriptions of systems and approaches that have been proven in polar deployments. Typical hardware and software topics have included weather stations, robotics, power systems, telemetry, and remote communications.
Organizers expect to have participants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs who endorse the concept of bringing together providers and consumers of these technologies in hopes of benefiting from that synergy. Informal breaks allow opportunities for networking and information exchange. Workshops are being planned to offer tutorial exchanges on specific technologies (e.g. - power systems or Iridium).

Organizers invite widespread participation. You will have an opportunity to give a presentation of your work and/or needs or just attend as one who wishes to learn from the experience of others. Registration and other information are available at the conference website:

A fee of $75 will be collected at the conference to cover meals and conference expenses. Organizers request that people please check the registration site even if they cannot attend, to provide comments regarding a conference of this type. There is also a list of last year's participants and the topics that were presented.

For further information and to register, please go to:

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2. Save the Date
IPY From Knowledge to Action Conference
22-27 April 2012
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Government of Canada has announced that the International Polar Year
(IPY) "From Knowledge to Action" Conference will be hosted in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from 22-27 April 2012. For more information please see the full news release available at: