Polar Research - Arctic and Antarctic Perspectives
in the International Polar Year

July 8 - 11, 2008
St.Petersburg, Russia



8th of July, Tuesday

08:30 10:00 AM Opening Ceremonies (Colin Summerhayes and Volker Rachold)

  • Welcome: SCAR/IASC Presidents Chris Rapley and Kristjan Kristjansson
  • Welcome: Valentina Matvienko Governor of St Petersburg
  • Welcome: Artur Chilingarov Russian State Duma
  • Welcome: from IPY co-sponsors Alexander Bedritsky on behalf of WMO, and Khotso Mokhele on behalf of ICSU
  • Welcome: Local Organizers Vladimir Kotlyakov
  • Welcome: COMNAP Perspective Jose Retamales
  • Open Science Conference Program Introduction: ISOC co-Chairs Mahlon Kennicutt and Louwrens Hacquebord
  • SCAR Medal Ceremony (3 awardees)

10:00 10:30 AM WEYPRECHT LECTURE - Robin Bell (USA) The Gamburtsev Mountains - an unexplored frontier (introduction by President of SCAR)

10:30 11:00 AM COFFEE BREAK

11:00 11:30 AM Vladimir Lipenkov (Russia) Subglacial Lake Vostok: a new great challenge to the Antarctic Sciences.

11:30 12:00 PM Jerome Chappellaz (France) Past climate dynamics from ice cores: where we stand ? Where we go?

12:00 12:30 PM John Walsh (USA) Present and future Arctic and Antarctic climate change a comparison

12:30 2:00 PM LUNCH

2:00 2:30 PM Jean-Claude Gascard (France) The changing Arctic Ocean ocean warming and sea ice extent

2:30 3:00 PM Wayne Pollard (Canada) The affects of climate change in the poles permafrost, geology, and geomorphology

3:00 3:30 PM Yvon Csonka (Greenland) Polar societies and cultures in a changing world

3:30 4:00 PM Ian Allison (Australia) Ice sheet mass balance and sea level

4:00 4:30 PM  COFFEE BREAK

4:30 5:00 PM Ulrich Bathmann (Germany) Polar ocean ecosystems and changing climate

5:00 5:30 PM Eigil Friis-Christensen (Denmark) Space Weather Fascinating Science and Auroral Displays

5:30 PM 6:00 PM Plenary Closing Remarks House keeping, Announcements.