The next IASC Network on Arctic Glaciology meeting and Workshop on the dynamics and mass budget of Arctic glaciers will be held in Szczyrk, Poland, between 25-27 January 2022. The two-and-a-half-day meeting will be in-person at Hotel Meta, and we anticipate to also show presentations online via livestreaming or recordings (to be decided). Please note that the online element of the meeting is not interactive and that only contributions for the physical meeting in Poland are welcomed. The meeting will start around 9:00 in the morning on January 25 and finish around noon on January 27.

Contributions

We welcome contributions on all aspects concerning the mass balance and dynamics of Arctic glaciers, including the Greenland Ice Sheet, and that utilize a broad range of methods, including field observations, remote sensing and modelling. In addition to this, the workshop will include a special cross-cutting activity on “Glacier-atmosphere interactions in a rapidly warming Arctic environment”, which aims to provide an inter-disciplinary forum by bringing together glaciologists and atmospheric scientists.

Contributions in the form of oral presentations and/or posters are welcome. Presentation will be 15-20 minutes, including discussion. For those who bring a poster, time will be reserved in the program to give a short 2-3 minute introduction to the poster.

Please register for the meeting and submit your abstract here [deadline 15 November]: https://forms.gle/HytKKz72mRRM4Ftd6

Cross-cutting activity

During the meeting we will host a special cross-cutting session on ”Glacier – atmosphere interactions in a rapidly warming Arctic environment”. This cross-cutting activity is endorsed by the Cryosphere and Atmosphere working groups of IASC. The activity aims to bring together experts within glaciology and atmospheric sciences, thereby fostering multi-disciplinary and international research in the Arctic. The cross-cutting activity will include a presentation session, followed by a discussion session.

Topics may include:

  • Atmospheric circulation patterns and the impact on the Arctic land-ice mass budget
  • Precipitation and snowfall in the Arctic – observations & modelling
  • Coupling of glaciers and atmosphere in general circulation models (GCMs), regional climate models (RCMs) and earth system models (ESMs)

Accommodation

We encourage participants to book a room with half-board at Hotel Meta during the meeting. Rooms can be booked at a fixed rate up to November 15 for the period January 24-27. The options are (1 zł = 0.22 EUR = 0.26 USD):

  • Standard room with breakfast (359 zł per day)
  • Standard room with breakfast and dinner (429 zł per day)
  • Deluxe room with breakfast (389 zł per day)
  • Deluxe room with breakfast and dinner (459 zł per day)

More information about the hotel can be found here: https://www.meta-hotel.pl/en/

In order to reserve a room, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please indicate the promotion code “IASC”. Room reservation before January 24 or after January 27 may be possible is there is space, but different rates may apply.

Group dinner

On Wednesday January 26 we plan to have a special dinner with all participants. This dinner will be paid for by the organization and those that book a room with half-board will get a price reduction for the missed dinner.

How to get there

We recommend participants to fly to Katowice. Getting from the airport to Szczyrk by public transport is possible (via Katowice center and Bielsko-Biała), but involves several transfers and takes up to 3.5 hours.

After the registration deadline we will investigate the possibility to organize a direct bus transport from Katowice airport to Szczyrk for those interested and arriving at similar times. This would take 1.5-2 hours and costs for this are not covered by the meeting.

It is also possible to fly to Krakow airport, and get to Szczyrk from there by public transport. This involves several transfers and typically takes 4-4.5 hours.

Financial support for early-career scientists

We have limited financial support from the IASC Cryosphere and Atmosphere working groups to enable early career scientists to participate in the meeting and cross-cutting activity, in particular. Eligible for the funding will be early career scientist who meet the following criteria:

  • are within 5 years of finishing their PhD
  • are affiliated with an institution in an IASC member country (Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA)
  • have submitted an abstract for the workshop
  • have a research background relevant to the meeting
  • have not received IASC travel support in the last 18 months prior to January 2022

Please note that our support is limited and may not cover all expenses for those granted. If support is granted, reimbursement will be after the meeting through the IASC Office. Detailed information will be provided to those selected for the travel support.

To apply for the financial support, please complete the form here latest by November 15: https://forms.gle/7bHAaHStYDTgMJL78

Skiing

Szczyrk is a popular mountain resort and one of the largest skiing areas in Poland with ~40 km of ski slopes and 10 lifts. For more details about the skiing opportunities, please visit the website https://www.szczyrkowski.pl/en/resort/about-the-resort.

COVID-19 restrictions

Current COVID-19 restrictions in Poland can be found here: https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/temporary-limitations

Regarding international travel, at present (September 15) all travelers to Poland from both within and outside the EU that are fully-vaccinated may enter Poland without the requirement to quarantine. Furthermore, travelers from the EU that are not fully-vaccinated but can show a negative test do not need to quarantine. Please note that travelers from outside the EU that are not fully-vaccinated would currently need to quarantine for 10 days when entering Poland.  

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