Past Events

The following is a list of past events of interest to the ice coring and glaciological community. You can also view a listing of upcoming events.

2020 ARCUS Annual Meeting29 October 2020Online event

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) Annual Meeting is an important opportunity for the Council of ARCUS Institutional Member Representatives, ARCUS Individual Members, and other members of the broader Arctic research community to connect with one another, the ARCUS Board of Directors, and staff.

The meeting will be open to all interested participants and there is no cost to attend.

IPICS 3rd Open Science ConferenceOctober 18-23, 2020Crans-Montana, Switzerland


Ice cores provide information about past climate and environmental conditions as well as direct records of the composition of the atmosphere on timescales from decades to hundreds of millennia. With the pioneering work of Hans Oeschger of University of Bern on carbon dioxide in polar ice cores, a long tradition of ice core research in Switzerland began. Less known is that Hans Oeschger also initiated a high-alpine drilling project on Colle Gnifetti in Switzerland in the 1970s. To acknowledge Hans Oeschger’s important contribution to these two ice core fields and to foster the link between the corresponding communities the theme of the conference is Ice Core Science at the three Poles.

Northwest Glaciologists’ Conference 2020October 14-16, 2020Online event

We hope that you'll join us for the 2020 Northwest Glaciologists' Meeting, to be held October 14th-16th.

Due to current events, this meeting will be held remotely.  

For more information, please visit If you plan to attend, we'd appreciate if you would fill out the form found at the bottom of the website. For questions about the conference, please E-mail

2020 WAIS WorkshopWeeks of September 21 and 28Online Virtual Science Sessions

We are please to announce that registration and abstract submission for our WAIS Workshop 2020 Virtual Science Sessions is now open. Sessions will take place during the weeks of September 21 and September 28. Multiple distributed, virtual science sessions will take place via Zoom during the weeks of September 21 and September 28. Each week, participants will be organized into groups of <15 participants, with up to 10 speakers who each give an 8 minute talk. Talks will be followed by a WAIS-style 20 minute discussion moderated by a session convener. The goal is that most participants will attend and present in two ~100-minute sessions scheduled at the convenience of the session participants during the designated week. All sessions will be recorded and posted on YouTube for future community consumption.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for WAIS community discussions covering race and racism in West Antarctic research and early-career impacts of CoViD-19 on October 6 and 7. More information about registration and discussion details will be announced in the coming weeks.

5th International Frozen Pasts Conference (FP5) - Glacial & Ice Patch Archaeology International ConferenceSeptember 15-18, 2020Montana, USA

FP5 represents the continuing tradition of the conferences themed around glacial and ice patch archaeology begun in Bern in 2008. The schedule for the conference is described on the website:

We have a wonderful program lined up with leading tribal figures sharing plenary lunch presentations, in-conference field-trips, and a keynote address on the emergence of glacial and ice patch archaeology in the Mongolian Altai by Dr. William Taylor.

9th SCAR Open Science Conference: Antarctic Science - Global Connections31 July to 11 August 2020Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

The SCAR COMNAP 2020 Local Organising Committee, in consultation with the SCAR and COMNAP Executive Committees have decided to cancel SCAR COMNAP 2020 in light of the global Coronavirus situation. The Committee has given due consideration to local Tasmanian and Australian health advice as well as the global response to the pandemic.

The Australian Antarctic Division, the State Government of Tasmania, and the Australian Academy of Science welcomes SCAR and COMNAP participants and Delegates to SCAR COMNAP 2020.

SCAR COMNAP 2020 will include a full program of meetings, symposia, side events and social events including the COMNAP Symposium, public SCAR lecture, and exhibition and poster sessions all structured to encourage SCAR and COMNAP attendee participation. It promises to be a world class event, capitalising on Hobart’s unique status as the gateway to East Antarctica and the home of Australia’s premier Antarctic institutions.

The SCAR Open Science Conference theme “Antarctic Science – Global Connections” recognises the significance of the scientific connections between Antarctica and the global system. It also reflects the strongly connected Antarctic science community and, in the spirit of the Antarctic Treaty system, the importance of collaboration in Antarctic science.

77th Eastern Snow Conference (ESC)June 9-11, 2020York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Based on current national/local guidance for the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty of travel restrictions this summer for both Canada and the United States, the ESC Steering Committee has decided to postpone the 77th ESC Meeting scheduled for 9 - 11 June 2020, York University, Toronto, Canada.

The Committee explored other options including how to host the ESC as a virtual meeting; however, with resources dedicated across all Canada and US universities/colleges to “distance learning”, setting up such a meeting appeared to be an insurmountable challenge given our time constraints.

Our selected option is to postpone the 77th ESC Meeting until next year. We anticipate the ESC Meeting will be at the same host location (York University, Toronto, Canada) and approximately the same timing (early June 2021). The local organizing committee had put together a wonderful program, and we look forward to the rescheduled program next year. Please look for a meeting announcement around Fall 2020.

The 77th Eastern Snow Conference (ESC) will be held at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 9 – 11 June 2020. This meeting marks a return to Canada after a two-year hiatus, and a return to Toronto for the first time in a quarter of a century.

The scientific program is open to sessions on theoretical, experimental, remote sensing, modeling, and operational studies of snow, ice, and winter hydrology. We anticipate including sessions on a wide variety of snow and ice themes, including in situ observations of snow, radar measurement of snow, and high latitude snow processes. The ESC has only plenary (oral and poster viewing) sessions, allowing time to view and discuss the research of each participant. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or a poster presentation (please indicate type). An abstract of 250-300 words should be submitted by 31 March 2020 to the program chair: Dr. Krystopher Chutko

Students are encouraged to enter the ESC Student Paper Competitions. The winner of the best submitted student paper will receive the Wiesnet Medal and a $750 prize. The Campbell Scientific Canada Award (open only to Canadian students) of $500 will be awarded to the submitted paper demonstrating the most innovative use of technology in the gathering of data. In addition, the David Hewitt Miller Student Poster Award of $100 will be awarded to the best student poster.

To be considered for the Wiesnet and Campbell awards, please send an electronic copy of the paper with the supervisor's endorsement (separate email) to the Chair of the Research Committee (B. Forman), no later than 1 May 2020. Please consult the ESC web site for conditions and details. Dr. Barton Forman

All papers, extended abstracts, or abstracts will be published in the 77th Proceedings of the Eastern Snow Conference. Please consult the ESC web site for details on submission.

Conference information on registration and accommodations will be forthcoming and will be posted on the ESC website:

XVII Glaciological Symposium: Role of Cryosphere in the past, present and future of the EarthMay 26-29, 2020Saint Petersburg, Russia

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Organizing Committee has decided to postpone the XVII Glaciological Symposium scheduled for 26 – 29 May 2020, St. Petersburg, Russia. In the hope that the pandemic will have declined globally by autumn, we still plan for the second decade of November. More information will be posted on the symposium website and distributed when a clearer picture of the developments emerges.

We invite you to the XVII Glaciological Symposium "Role of Cryosphere in the past, present and future of the Earth” that will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 26-29th May 2020. The meeting is organized by the Glaciological Association, the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. Visit our website for further details and how to apply.

Registration and abstract submission deadline: February 15, 2020

Northeast Glaciology Meeting 2020April 20-22, 2020University of Maine (Orono, ME USA)

Hello all,
We are attempting to revive the Northeast Glaciology Meeting this spring.

Date: 20-22 April 2020 (Monday/Tuesday)
Location: University of Maine (Orono, ME USA).

All are welcome to this informal meeting- the format will likely follow that of prior years with a focus on student research, building collaborations and ideas, and discussing the future location(s) of the meeting. If you would like to continue receiving information on this event, please sign up at this link:

Kristin Schild

Kristin M. Schild, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, University of Maine
Climate Change Institute & School of Earth and Climate Sciences

88th Annual Western Snow ConferenceApril 20-23, 2020Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

After extensive deliberation and careful consideration, the Western Snow Conference has made the difficult decision to cancel the 88th annual meeting scheduled for April 20-23, 2020 due to health concerns associated with COVID-19.

Please join us on April 20-23, 2020 for the 88th annual meeting of the Western Snow Conference in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The conference venue offers the opportunity to interact with other professionals while enjoying the famous winter wonderland of Whistler.

You are invited to submit an abstract of 150 – 300 words for either an oral or poster presentation by January 31, 2020. Submit abstracts by filling out the online submission form at:

The theme for the 2020 Western Snow Conference is "snow measurements and water management". Suggested topics for paper submissions include: snow measurements and data collection, snow data in hydrology operations, change in frequency of mid-winter snowmelt, extreme snow events, and snow melt timing. Other aspects of any cryosphere topic are always welcome.

The North Pacific Committee will compile a full agenda of oral and poster papers. In addition, a Monday short course is being planned which will focus on "Satellite remote sensing of snow and ice in British Columbia”. On Thursday, the technical tour will be "A Tour of Whistler Blackcomb Operations & Fitzsimmons Creek Power Plant ".