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About IASC

RannisThe Secretariat is responsible for the daily operations of IASC. Rannís, the Icelandic Centre for Research, began hosting the IASC Secretariat from January 2017 and has committed to do so until end of 2026.

The Secretariat is based in Akureyri, Iceland. Previously, Germany, Norway, and Sweden served as host countries.

 

IASC Secretariat Members

 

Gerlis Fugmann

Executive Secretary

Gerlis Fugmann

Kolbrún Reynisdóttir

Executive Officer

Kolbrún Reynisdóttir

Federica Scarpa

Communications Manager

Federica Scarpa

 

IASC Dispersed Secretariat Members

The central IASC Secretariat is supplemented by the dispersed Secretariat, drawing support from individuals and institutions in a range of IASC members countries, especially addressing the support for the growing number of activities undertaken by the IASC Working Groups and early career researcher development.

 

Gillian Young

Secretary, Atmosphere Working Group

Gillian Young

Michael Wood

Secretary, Cryosphere Working Group

Michael Wood

Hiroyuki Enomoto

Secretary, Marine Working Group

Laura Ghigliotti

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Secretary, Social and Human Working Group

Anna Varfolomeeva

 

Gillian Young

Secretary, Terrestrial Working Group

Clay Prater

Michael Wood

Secretary, ISIRA

Yulia Zaika

Stanislav Ksenofontov

IASC Fellowships Coordinator

Stanislav (Stas) Ksenofontov

Representatives of national scientific organizations from all IASC member countries form the IASC Council that meets once a year during the Arctic Science Summit Week.

The Council is the policy and decision-making body for IASC. The members ensure an input of a wide range of scientific and technical knowledge and provide access to a large number of scientists and administrators through their national committees.

 

IASC Council Members

 

Larry Hinzman

IASC President

Larry Hinzman

Wolfgang Schöner

Austria

Austrian Polar Research Institute (ARPI)
Wolfgang Schöner

Wayne Pollard

Canada

Polar Knowledge Canada
Wayne Pollard

Huigeng Yang

China

Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CIAO)
Huigen Yang

 

Josef Elster

Czech Republic

Centre for Polar Ecology
Josef Elster

Lise Lotte Sørensen

Denmark

Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation
Lise Lotte Sørensen

Paula Kankaanpää

Finland

Council of Finnish Academies
Paula Kankaanpää

Jérôme Chappellaz

France

National Center for Scientific Research - CNRS
Jérôme Chappellaz

 

Günther Heinemann

Germany

German Research Foundation
Günther Heinemann

Egill Þór Níelsson

Iceland

RANNÍS, The Icelandic Centre for Research
Egill Þór Níelsson

M. Ravichandran

India

National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR)
M. Ravichandran

Carlo Barbante

Italy

National Resarch Council of Italy
Carlo Barbante

 

Hiroyuki Enomoto

Japan

Science Council of Japan, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)
Hiroyuki Enomoto

Yeadong Kim

Republic of Korea

Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)
Sung-Ho Kang

Dick van der Kroef

The Netherlands

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO Science)
Dick van der Kroef

Ingvild Marthinsen

Norway

Research Council of Norway
Ingvild Marthinsen

 

Michał Łuszczuk

Poland

Polish Academy of Sciences, Committee on Polar Research
Michał Łuszczuk

João Canario

Portugal

Portugese Foundation for Science and Technology
João Canario

Vladimir Pavlenko

Russia

Russian Academy of Sciences
Vladimir I Pavlenko

Antonio Quesada

Spain

Spanish Polar Committee
Antonio Quesada

 

Ulf Jonsell

Sweden

Swedish Research Council
Ulf Jonsell

Martin Schneebeli

Switzerland

Swiss Committee on Polar Research
Gabriela Schaepman-Strub

Henry Burgess

United Kingdom

Natural Environment Resarch Council
Henry Burgess

Matthew Druckenmiller

USA

Polar Research Board
Matthew Druckenmiller

 

 

The Executive Committee operates as a board of directors and manages IASC’s activities between Council meetings. The Executive Committee consists of five elected officials: the President and four Vice-Presidents, and the Executive Secretary. This group meets twice a year to discuss and evaluate science initiatives, look at new opportunities for international cooperation, prepare the agenda for Council meetings and review the budget.

 

IASC Executive Committee Members

 

Larry Hinzman

President

Larry Hinzman

Henry Burgess

Vice-President

Henry Burgess

Hiroyuki Enomoto

Vice-President

Hiroyuki Enomoto

 

Paula Kankaanpää

Vice-President

Paula Kankaanpää

Vladimir Pavlenko

Vice-President

Vladimir I Pavlenko

Gerlis Fugmann

Executive Secretary

Gerlis Fugmann

 

IASC Org ChartIASC is governed by a Council, composed of one representative of each of its member countries, which meets annually at the Arctic Science Summit Week. The Council sets priorities and guides the work of the organisation. An Executive Committee, consisting of an elected President, four elected Vice-Presidents and a permanent Executive Secretary operates as a Board of Directors and manages IASC activities between Council meetings. The Secretariat is currently hosted by Rannis (Iceland), and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organisation. The Secretariat was previously hosted by Germany, Norway and Sweden.

IASC is engaged in all fields of Arctic research and its main scientific working bodies are five Working Groups: Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human and Terrestrial. Each Working Group is composed of up to two scientists from each IASC member country, appointed by the national adhering bodies. Though the Working Groups are disciplinary, they also address cross-cutting science questions by initiating activities which involve at least two WGs.

Action Groups are short-term expert groups that provide strategic advice to the IASC Council concerning both long-term activities and urgent needs.

IASC's instruments to support science development include workshops, long-term programs, assessments and science planning activities.

 

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