polar2018newsThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee IASC invite the international polar and high altitude community to their joint meeting POLAR2018, hosted by WSL and SLF in Davos, Switzerland.

Program Overview

15 - 18 June 2018: SCAR and IASC/ASSW Business & Satellite Meetings

19 - 23 June 2018: SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference, including the COMNAP Symposium

24 - 26 June 2018: SCAR Delegates Meeting & 2018 Arctic Observing Summit 

The goal of POLAR2018 is to bring together excellent research from both poles, as well as from high altitude areas, focusing on the similar challenges those regions face. The program features 65 different sessions, structured into 12 categories. In addition to the parallel sessions, central elements of the Open Science Conference (OSC) will be keynote presentations, mini-symposia, extended poster sessions, and exhibitions. The annual COMNAP symposium will be held during the OSC, as well as a plenary lecture from the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit as an opening to this biennial summit immediately after the OSC. A range of excursions and trips will allow participants to make the most of coming to the Swiss Alps and enjoy science, nature, culture, and sports.


POLAR2018 will be held in the Swiss mountain town of Davos, which can easily be reached by train from Zurich Airport. Davos, Europe's highest city, is situated in the Eastern part of the Swiss Alps at 1560 meters above sea level. It offers an advanced congress infrastructure and a wide range of accommodation for all budgets. The stunning alpine environment will ensure your visit is an enjoyable experience.

Invitation to submit an abstract to the Open Science Conference

The Scientific Committee for POLAR2018 invites the submission of abstracts to be considered for oral or poster presentations. The session program provides guidance on the thematic areas covered at POLAR2018. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 November 2017. Authors wishing to submit an abstract are required to pay a submission fee of CHF 30 for each abstract. You can submit as many abstracts as you like, but only two with a preference for oral presentation. Early career and other authors who wish to apply for a submission fee waiver grant can follow this link.

Submit an abstract here


Important deadlines

1 September 2017: Abstract submission opens
1 November 2017: Deadline abstract submission, early-bird registration opens
31 December 2017: Side meeting requests close
31 January 2018: Acceptance notification with oral/poster information

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Davos in June 2018!

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