This year the polar symposium will bring together distinguished scientists, representatives of non-governmental organizations, holders of indigenous knowledge, and policymakers to discuss the challenges facing polar regions and their broad implications on the global system. The symposium will be a space where participants will engage in workshops, highlighting the next priorities in polar research and policy, while suggesting avenues for future action. It will serve as a historic dialogue reaffirming the role of science in decision-making and revisiting the critical role of the cryosphere in the global context.
The symposium is co-organized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), in collaboration with the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco - the Prince Albert I Foundation, the Scientific Center of Monaco, the European Polar Board, and the World Economic Forum.
Drawing on their expertise and work on the subject, numerous partners, key experts, and early career scientists will fuel the discussions. The symposium will span two days:
- On February 22nd, participants will be invited to discuss long-term polar initiatives in development, as well as collaboration opportunities to shape the next decade of polar science and policy.
- On February 23rd, the focus will be on emerging issues in polar regions, including the development of human activities and the preservation of biodiversity, to explore the needs for indigenous and scientific knowledge to ensure sustainable management.
The Symposium will take place in person at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. It will also be available for streaming.
Registration is not required to attend the event online. A link to the virtual streaming will be available soon.