A Community Day for Arctic Researchers at Queen’s (April 10th)

There are literally scores of people at Queen’s involved in arctic research and educational activities in a wide range of disciplines including Medical Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing, Kinesiology, Sociology, Geography, History, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geological Sciences, Mining, Policy Studies, Law, Education and Civil Engineering . Most of us work in considerable isolation,  and have very little idea of each other – Who are we, what are we doing, where are we working, and what benefits might arise from building a sense of community across our various arctic-related activities?

We propose an Arctic Research Day in which profs, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students who have been, who currently are, or who would like to be working on arctic-related issues present some of their research ideas or results.  The primary aim of the day’s activities is to provide an overview of all the arctic research activities across Queen’s.  This mutual information exchange would at the very least be a substantial educational opportunity for our students.  Ultimately, it may lead to other substantial benefits such as research collaborations (including interdisciplinary activities), attracting more high quality graduate students to Queen’s, and a common web portal that is directly linked to Queen’s main page and portrays some sense of coordination across arctic research activities at Queen’s. An Arctic Research Day is the first essential step in building a cohesive critical mass of people and information that would allow us to begin pursuing those benefits.  The timing (April 10th) also capitalises on the preparations some of us have been making for the International Polar Year meeting in Montreal in late April.  Queen’s will have a major booth there that will attempt to display the variety of arctic-related activities at Queen’s in an integrated way.  Together, these two initiatives complement each other and may pave a way for a sense of community amongst those involved in arctic research and educational activities across Queen’s.

  • When?    Tuesday, April 10th
  • What?    A day of short ~12 minute talks and poster presentations that represent the wide diversity of research activities at Queen’s.
  • Who?       Organisers- Alison Rutter, Ryan Danby, and Paul Grogan.
  • Where?     On campus location to be confirmed.

We encourage all those with arctic interests to participate by presenting a short talk or poster (Abstract form attached).  The primary goal of the day is information exchange –to get a sense of the ‘whole’-  so overview talks will be particularly appreciated (see detailed guidelines in attached form).  If you are unable to formally participate, you are still very welcome to attend as there will be ample opportunities for informal discussions throughout the day.

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