About Us

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. Tad Pfeffer (INSTAAR) became the Workshop Director in 2004, followed by Gifford Miller (INSTAAR) in 2013.

The workshop is is held in Boulder or a nearby city every two years. During alternate years, the workshop is hosted by various academic institutions worldwide, with students supported by NSF and INSTAAR. These institutions obtain additional support from their respective governmental agencies.

51. 2022 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (UNIS)

50. 2021 Boulder (online)

49. 2019 Stockholm, Sweden (Stockholm University)

48. 2018 Boulder

47. 2017 Buffalo, New York (U of Buffalo)

46. 2016 Boulder

45. 2015 Bergen, Norway (Bjerknes Centre, U of Bergen)

44. 2014 Boulder

43. 2013 Amherst, Massachusetts (CSRC, Geosciences, UMass Amherst)

42. 2012 Winter Park

41. 2011 Montreal, Canada (GEOTOP, Centre d’études nordiques, UQAM)

40. 2010 Winter Park

39. 2009 Lewiston, Maine (Bates College)

38. 2008 Boulder

37. 2007, Reykyavik, Iceland (U of Iceland)

36. 2006 Boulder

35. 2005, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Earth and Atmos Sciences, U of Alberta).

34. 2004 Boulder

33. 2003, Tromsø, Norway (Norwegian Polar Inst; Dept Geology, U of Tromsø)

32. 2002 Boulder

31. 2001, Amherst, Massachusetts (UMASS Geosciences & Climate System Research Cntr)

30. 2000 Boulder

29. 1999, Seattle, Washington (College of Forest Resources, U of Washington)

28. 1998 Boulder

27. 1997, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Dept of Geography, U of Ottawa)

26. 1996 Boulder

25. 1995, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, (Centre d'Etudes Nordiques, U Laval)

24. 1994 Boulder

23. 1993, Columbus, Ohio (Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State Univ)

22. 1992 Boulder

21. 1991, Fairbanks, Alaska (Alaska Quaternary Cntr, U of Alaska Museum, U of Alaska)

20. 1990, Tromsø, Norway (Geology, U of Tromso)

19. 1990 Boulder

18. 1989, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (Geography, U of Lethbridge)

17. 1988 Boulder

16. 1987, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Boreal Inst for Northern Studies, U of Alberta)

15. 1986 Boulder

14. 1985, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (Bedford Inst of Oceanography)

13. 1984 Boulder

12. 1983, Amherst, Massachusetts (Dept of Geology & Geography, UMASS)

1-11. 1970 - 1982, Boulder, Colorado (INSTAAR, Univ of Colorado)


Gifford Miller Gifford Miller
Workshop Director
Wendy Roth Wendy Roth
David Lubinski David Lubinski
Anne Jennings Anne Jennings

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Long-term host and supporter

Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research

University of Colorado at Boulder

INSTAAR's researchers uncover and communicate processes concerning earth and environmental systems—matters that are becoming ever more urgent as changes in climate and land use are felt worldwide.

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National Science Foundation's
Office of Polar Programs

For many years, NSF helped sponsor student participation in the Workshop.

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