The Summer Institute is supported by the University of Toronto's Connaught Fund and builds on the Summer School program developed by the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science (CREATE-AAS). It is affiliated with three new NSERC-funded networks: Probing the Atmosphere of the High Arctic (PAHA), the Network on Climate and Aerosols (NETCARE), and the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution (CanSISE) Network. The Summer Institute spans the disciplines of physics, chemistry, earth sciences, geography, environmental science, and related areas, and encompasses the use of experimental, field observation, and modelling methodologies to study the Arctic region.

We are pleased to invite applications for our first Summer Institute, offered from July 14 to 18, 2014 in Alliston, Ontario. It is intended for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows engaged in Arctic research. It is open to students from across the University of Toronto, as well as from other institutions, both national and international. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from experienced researchers in a small and comfortable setting. Students will also participate in professional development activities; engage in a diverse career panel discussion; develop strategies for linking scientific knowledge to public engagement, education and outreach; and present their own research during a poster session.

Topics to be covered include environmental change in the Arctic, limnology, aerosol-cryosphere-climate interactions, climate modelling, aerosol radiative forcing, cryospheric processes, Arctic sea ice geophysics and ocean-ice-atmosphere interactions,, paleoclimatology, Arctic ocean dynamics, carbon capture and storage, ocean biogeochemistry and carbon cycling in Arctic waters, Arctic atmospheric composition, ozone science, and Inuit history and culture.
Speakers will include Marianne Douglas (Queen’s University), Mark Flanner (University of Michigan), Chris Fletcher (University of Waterloo), Christian Haas (York University), Jochen Halfar (University of Toronto), Cameron McNaughton (Golder Associates), Lisa Miller (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), David Serkoak (Inuit elder and educator), and David Tarasick (Environment Canada).

Admission to the Summer Institute includes all on-site food and accommodation. A chartered bus will be available to take attendees to and from downtown Toronto, however, attendees are responsible for travel between their home institution and Toronto or Alliston. To apply, please fill out the application form obtained from the Opportunities section of the CREATE-AAS website ( A completed application must also include a CV and a short letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor. Please submit your application by email to

Location: Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston, Ontario, Canada. Dates: July
14-18, 2014.
Eligibility: Open to Canadian and international graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Tuition: There are no tuition fees, but attendees must cover the cost of return travel from their home institution.
Application Deadline: May 30, 2014.

Contact Information:
Professor Kimberly Strong
Department of Physics, University of Toronto
60 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A7, Canada