Past Event

International Polar Year: A Focus on Knowledge to Action

Symposium/Convocation
November 29, 2011

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

The polar regions offer many powerful insights about Earth and its inhabitants, for example, how humans and animals have adapted to extreme conditions, and the many factors that affect the weather and climate. Understanding the Poles is essential to building a sustainable future.

Join us for this unique event, co-sponsored by the Canadian Embassy and the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, as distinguished polar scientists and representatives of the polar regions discuss the legacy of the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 and gear up for a 2012 conference in Montreal that will focus on putting the research findings into action. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will include representatives from the Canadian Embassy and the U.S. Department of State, distinguished polar scientists, an Inuit representative from the North, and a special PolarPalooza presentation. A reception at the Koshland Science Museum will follow.

The event will take place 4:00-6:00 pm (with reception to follow) on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 in Room 100 of the National Academy of Sciences Keck Center.

Download the flyer for the event.

Presentations from the Panel Discussion - "From Knowledge to Action: Different Perspectives"

  • Peter Harrison, Chair, IPY 2012 Conference
  • David Hik, President, International Arctic Science Committee
  • Stephanie Meakin, Senior Science Advisor, Inuit Circumpolar Council