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2023 News - The 52nd Arctic Workshop 2023 will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on 19-22 April, 2023. An info link for 2023 will be posted here later. In the meantime, see general information about the Arctic Workshop.

2022 News - The 51st Arctic Workshop 2022 was held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway on 20-23 June, 2022, followed by an optional two-day excursion. For details, visit aw2022.org.

The 2021 Workshop is online, mostly from 9am - 3pm Mountain Time, Thursday to Saturday (to help accommodate attendees across timezones).

Attend live 3-minute lightning talks, each with 5-minute Q/A on Zoom. No posters.

Each lightning talk has a more detailed 10-minute video for registrants to view anytime in the week before the Workshop or until 01 May 2021.


01 April 2021 - Register & submit abstract

05 April 2021 - Upload talk slides & video


  • Mark Serreze (CU Boulder & NSIDC)
    From questions of what and why to why it all matters: Evolving thoughts on the changing Arctic.
  • Sara Sayedi (Brigham Young Univ.)
    Integrating terrestrial and subsea permafrost into climate policy.
  • Andrew Christ (Univ. of Vermont)
    Camp Century revisited: an ecosystem under the ice reveals Greenland’s warmer past.

Special Saturday event

John Andrews

Celebrating the scientific legacy
of John T. Andrews

Founder of the Arctic Workshop, John T. Andrews has been a pioneer in advancing our understanding of Pleistocene ice sheets, their interaction with adjacent oceans, and their profound influence on the Earth system.


All sessions are online
and on Mountain Time

Thursday Apr 15
Welcome 9:00am
3-min talks 9:20am
Keynote 11:30pm
Social break 12:00pm
3-min talks 1:00pm
End of day 3:10pm

Friday Apr 16
3-min talks 9:00am
Keynote 11:30am
Social break 12:00pm
3-min talks 1:00pm
End of day 3:00pm

Saturday Apr 17
3-min talks 9:00am
Keynote 10:20am
Closing 10:50am
Andrews Event 11:00am
Event end 1:00pm

See full Program

Open topics

The Arctic Workshop is open to all interested in high-latitude environments: past, present, and future

Previous Workshops have included presentations on Arctic and Antarctic climate, atmospheric chemistry, environmental geochemistry, paleoenvironment, archeology, geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, soils, ecology, oceanography, Quaternary history and more. For an example of past presentations, visit the 2018 Arctic Workshop website

We especially encourage participation of researchers and students investigating topics such as

  • Changing permafrost landscapes.
  • Ice-ocean interactions and sea-level consequences.
  • Climate-ecosystem human health connections.

The Workshop has traditionally had many paleoenvironmental science presentations, and we anticipate a strong contingent this year too. See the Program

Student support

Discounted registration fees for students

Discounted registration is available to students from any country thanks to subsidized support from INSTAAR.

A tundra researcher measures organic layers in a soil core.

Latest research

The abstract deadline is only two weeks before the meeting.

You can share your latest ideas and get valuable feedback. You can hear about entirely new studies as well as updates since AGU, GSA, and other meetings.

Welcoming community

Interact with first-time and veteran participants in a safe, productive environment

A relaxed, informal interaction is fostered by the Workshop's modest size, high proportion of students, and single-track schedule.

To help ensure a safe, productive, and welcoming Workshop for everyone, all attendees agree to our Code of Conduct.

The Workshop encourages participation of Indigenous Peoples. We are recruiting specific Indigenous speakers and offering free registration to all Indigenous attendees. See Land Acknowledgment

INSTAAR sponsorship and hosting

Online meeting organized by the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado Boulder

INSTAAR's researchers (including graduate and undergraduate students) tackle environmental science challenges that span local, regional, and global scales.

INSTAAR supports the Workshop in myriad ways including subsidized student support, web content and hosting, IT support, and physical facilities.

See more about INSTAAR

Long-term supporter:
The US National Science Foundation
Office of Polar Programs

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