Connaught Summer Institute in Arctic Science: Atmosphere, Cryosphere, and Climate

The Connaught Summer Institute in Arctic Science: Atmosphere, Cryosphere, and Climate brings together students and scholars who are engaged in Arctic research, to provide an understanding of the Arctic climate and the processes that control it, and to establish an interdisciplinary forum in which they can discuss current issues and research opportunities. 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.

The summer institute 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: This year, the program will be linked to the North2Warm initiative, which is examining the impact of 1.5°C or greater global warming on Canada’s North.  Topics will include the Arctic climate system, observed changes, projected changes under different warming scenarios, and impacts and adaptations underway and anticipated, as well as high-latitude climate dynamics, sea ice observations, lake/land–atmosphere interactions, atmospheric composition, Arctic aerosols, permafrost engineering, climate modelling, and more.

Speakers include Jonathan Abbatt (U Toronto), Lukas Arenson (BGC Engineering Inc.), Claude Duguay (U Waterloo), Steve Howell (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Alexandra Jahn (U Colorado Boulder), Paul Kushner (U Toronto), Kent Moore (U Toronto), Kerri Pratt (U Michigan), Michael Sigmond (Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, ECCC), and Francis Zwiers (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium).

Admission to the Summer Institute includes all on-site food and accommodation. A chartered bus will 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 at  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

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 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.


Location: Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston, Ontario, Canada.  

Dates: July 17- 21, 2017.

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: Monday, May 29, 2017


Contact Information

Professor Kimberly Strong and Ms Aubyn O’Grady

Department of Physics, University of Toronto

60 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A7, Canada


Course details

Academic level(s)Master,PhD
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity of Toronto
Begin date17.07.2017
End date21.07.2017
Registration deadline29.05.2017
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyEnvironmental sciencePhysicsChemistryEarth sciencePhysical science (others)
Teaching placeNottawasaga Inn, Alliston, Ontario
Tagsfield schoolclimatesummer schoolcryosphereatmosphere
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