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Transatlantic Science Week ´14 announced
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:16

(Logo: Transatlantic Science Week) (Logo: Transatlantic Science Week) The Transatlantic Science Week will take place in Toronto, 27 – 28 October 2014.

This year´s Transatlantic Science Week marks the 13th annual conference and will focus on challenges and opportunities in the Arctic. The special focus will be given to Arctic societies, sustainability and safety in the Region.

The event offers a unique meeting opportunity for sciences, business and educational institutions from both North America and Europe to elaborate on safety, sustainability and peoples of the Arctic states.

Participation at Transatlantic Science Week is free of charge. Online registration is now open and will remain until Monday, 6th of October 2014.

Click here for more information and to register.

Arctic sea ice reaches maximum extent for 2014
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:19

(Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center) (Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center)National Snow and Ice Data Center has issued an update to Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis describing a winter sea ice conditions in the Arctic Ocean.

The Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent for the year on March 21st at 14, 91 million square kilometres (5,76 square miles), making it the fifth lowest maximum in the satellite record.

Arctic sea ice extent for May averaged 12.78 million square kilometers (4.93 million square miles). This is 610,000 square kilometers (235,500 square miles) below the 1981 to 2010 average for the month. May 2014 was now the third lowest May extent in the satellite record.

As the melt season is underway, the see ice extent becomes even lower during the month of June. Sea ice retreated most rapidly in the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas, and in the Barents Sea where a small area south of the Franz Josef Land archipelago opened early in the month.

Click here for more information about the recent Arctic sea ice extent news and analysis.

ICETECH 2014 starts on Sunday
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 23 June 2014 08:43

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images)International conference and exhibition on performance of ships and structures in ice starts on Sunday 28th of June 2014. The event will take place in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

The theme of the conference is performance of ships and structures in ice (icebreaking ships, ice resistant structures, and operations in ice) with emphasis and special sessions on looking to the future in a warming world.


The conference will cover topics including:

-Global warming implications to Arctic ships and structures
-Icebreaking ships, Naval Architecture, construction, and marine operations
-Structures in ice/iceberg populated waters
-Construction and logistics in ice-covered areas
-Ice management
-New offshore developments in ice-covered areas
-Subsea pipelines and facilities in ice
-Marine systems for offshore drilling and production operations in ice
-Codes, regulations and standards
-Ice conditions, forecasting and remote sensing
-Safety, risk and environmental protection
-Escape, Evacuation and Rescue (EER)
-Arctic Geopolitics

Conference will end on Monday, the 30th of June.


To read more about the conference and to register for the event, please click here.

New call open from the RFH & RCN
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 20 June 2014 09:12

(Logos: RFH & RCN) (Logos: RFH & RCN)The Russian Foundation for Humanities (Russia) and the Research Council of Norway (Norway) open a new call in the field of humanities. Deadline for the application is 10/09/2014.


Areas of research to be supported by the Foundation are to include:


• Social problems of human health and ecology;
• Economy globalization (production and trade, investment, innovation, finance, energy, global resources)


The following types of projects are accepted:

- Joint research projects carried out by international scientific team (1 or 2 calendar years);
- Joint projects in organization of events, including conferences and seminars on research areas supported by the Foundation;
- Joint projects of expeditions, field and sociological research, research and restoration work required to get the new data in the field of humanities.


Click here for more information about the application:

Herring crisis resolved in Faroe Islands
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:49

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The European Union has decided to drop the sanctions that it had imposed on the northeast Atlantic nation of Faroe Islands.

Last year, the government of Faroe Islands took the matter to the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming that the EU had no right to ban countries from importing herring from the island group.

The dispute began when the Faroe Islands defied the herring quotas set by the EU, with the latter then accusing the autonomous Danish province of "massive overfishing". However, Maria Damanaki, the EU's maritime affairs commissioner, announced that the Faroese had said they will end their "unsustainable herring fishery" in the northeast Atlantic and drop their WTO complaint against the EU.

Click here to read more about EU fishing policy.

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