The 29th International Polar Conference "Dynamic Poles and High Mountain Environments" is set to take place at the Mesnerhaus in Rauris, Austria, from 16 to 20 September 2024. Co-organized by the German Society of Polar Research and the Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI), this transdisciplinary event will feature scientific talks, an extensive poster session, and will offer ample space for intensive discussions for polar and high mountain enthusiasts. Among the highlights will be a series of short presentations by early career researchers on their latest research findings as part of the German Research Foundation (DFG) priority program "Antarctic Research with Comparative Investigations in Arctic Ice Areas”, a prestigious public evening lecture, and a workshop by the "Association of Polar Early Career Scientists”. The conference concludes with an exciting excursion program, featuring a scientific visit to Sonnblick, exploring "Climate History, the Development of Glaciers, and Gold Mining." Join us for a week of insightful exchanges in the heart of the Austrian Alps.

Conference contributions and Abstracts

Conference contributions (talk or poster) can be submitted according to the thematic priorities given below. The abstract has to be submitted as Word file. Please use the template for publication in Reports on Polar and Marine Research (Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung). Name the file according to "surname-firstname.docx", in order to ensure a correct assignment. Add a number in case you intend to submit more than one abstract. Please follow the instructions below:

  • Maximum length: one page;
  • The Abstract must not contain any table or figure;
  • Preserve the format predefined in the Word file: delete the remarks printed in blue color, overwrite the title using normal capital and small characters (the formatting will be applied automatically), overwrite author names, affiliations, and abstract text.
  • When inserting text by copy and paste, use the "Paste Special" function (paste as unformatted text, in the English version of Word "Paste - Paste Special - Unformatted Text").

Go to the Abstract Submission Form. Deadline for abstract submissions is extended until 14 June 2024.

Thematic priorities

  • Atmospheric, sea-ice, and ocean system dynamics
  • Biology and biogeography in polar environments
  • Permafrost in a warming world: impacts and consequences
  • Mass balance and evolution of glacier systems in a changing climate
  • Physical processes of glaciers and ice sheets in their environment
  • Polar Earth Sciences: from orogeny to glaciation
  • Past climate crises
  • The Anthropocene and climate change in polar and mountain regions
  • Snow as an interdisciplinary field of research (Waalem Polar Cluster)
  • History and future of international cooperation in polar regions
  • People, infrastructures and more-than-humans in the environment
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration of social sciences and natural sciences
  • Collaborative, transdisciplinary and decolonial research methods for co-creating knowledges in the Arctic
  • Cool Classes - Polar Educators Germany
  • DFG priority program 1158 Antarctic Research: Report Colloquium

Important Dates | Program

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: 14 June 2024
  • Deadline for contributions to the photo contest: 30 June 2024
  • Registration: 31 July 2024
  • ECS Workshop (APECS/APRI): 15 September 2024 (from 5 p.m.)
  • Conference program (oral and poster sessions): 16 to 19 September 2024
  • Welcome reception: 16 September 2024 (evening)
  • Side meetings
    • DGP Working Groups: 17 and 19 September 2024
    • Waalem Polar Cluster "Snow": 17 September 2023 (late noon)
    • Public evening lecture: 17  September 2024
  • Conference Dinner: 18 September 2024
  • Excursions: 20 September 2024

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