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We host an ever-evolving annual meeting.


The workshop has grown out of a series of informal annual meetings started in 1970 by John T. Andrews. The purpose of the early meetings was to give graduate students an opportunity to present their ongoing research, gain experience in public speaking, and obtain feedback from more senior researchers. Subsequent meetings retained this emphasis while simultaneously expanding the contributions of professional researchers. For many years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has generously supported graduate student participation. In 2004 Tad Pfeffer (INSTAAR) became the Workshop Director. In recent years, the workshop has included special sessions related to scientists communicating with the public, directly or through the media.

The workshop is is held at INSTAAR every two years. During alternate years, the workshop is hosted by various academic institutions worldwide and supported by NSF and INSTAAR. These institutions often obtain additional support from their respective governmental agencies.

41. 2011 Montreal, Canada (GEOTOP, Centre d’études nordiques, UQAM)
40. 2010
39. 2009 Lewiston, Maine (Bates College)
38. 2008
37. 2007, Reykyavik, Iceland (U of Iceland)
36. 2006
35. 2005, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Earth and Atmos Sciences, U of Alberta).
34. 2004
33. 2003, Tromsø, Norway (Norwegian Polar Inst; Dept Geology, U of Tromsø)
32. 2002
31. 2001, Amherst, Massachusetts (UMASS Geosciences & Climate System Research Cntr)
30. 2000
29. 1999, Seattle, Washington (College of Forest Resources, U of Washington)
28. 1998
27. 1997, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Dept of Geography, U of Ottawa)
26. 1996
25. 1995, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, (Centre d'Etudes Nordiques, U Laval)
24. 1994
23. 1993, Columbus, Ohio (Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State Univ)
22. 1992
21. 1991, Fairbanks, Alaska (Alaska Quaternary Cntr, U of Alaska Museum, U of Alaska)
20. 1990, Tromsø, Norway (Geology, U of Tromso) - two workshops in same year.
19. 1990
18. 1989, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (Geography, U of Lethbridge)
17. 1988
16. 1987, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Boreal Inst for Northern Studies, U of Alberta)
15. 1986
14. 1985, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (Bedford Inst of Oceanography)
13. 1984
12. 1983, Amherst, Massachusetts (Dept of Geology & Geography, UMASS)
1-11. 1970 - 1982, Boulder, Colorado (INSTAAR, Univ of Colorado)

2012 Committee

Tad Pfeffer
Wendy Roth
Communication, venues, payments, food
David Lubinski
Anne Jennings
Sedrick Frazier
Financial Technician

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