IASC Medals are awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, assuming that there is a nominee of appropriate quality. The award of medals is normally by the President of IASC during the Arctic Science Summit Week (or exceptionally at another major international meeting) following the ratification of the award.
Nominations for the IASC Medal can be submitted to the IASC Secretariat until 31 December each year. The Medal Awards Committee will consider the nominations received and the Medal will be awarded at the Arctic Science Summit Week the following year.