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Virtual event
ESA European Commision
26-30 October 2020

2020 European Polar Science Week
Virtual Event



The online event will be hosted on BRELLA
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Registered participants will have full access to all session contents, interactions and networking. As a registered participant, you will be able to:

  • attend all the sessions
  • participate in the Q&A and polls
  • participate in the discussion sessions
  • view the e-Posters and discuss live with the authors
  • network with the speakers and with other registered participants using an AI-powered networking tool.


No participation fees will be charged.

After your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with the details to access and follow the virtual event on Brella, which is the official event platform for the European Polar Science Week 2020.


All times are displayed in Europe/Rome CET (UTC+1) time zone.


Polar regions are sentinels of climate change and human resilience. They have experienced the most rapid rates of warming in recent years. Its expected impacts will exceed those forecasted for many other regions, resulting in significant consequences affecting natural ecosystems and human activities.

Improving our observation capacity and enhancing the basic understanding of the drivers and processes governing those changes, and translate knowledge into solutions for society, are major challenges for the future.

Earth observation from space and Earth system science will represent an essential element in this process. Addressing the major challenge in Polar research will require a significant collaborative effort and an integrated approach to science where the synergistic use of satellite data, in-situ and citizen observations, advanced modelling capabilities, interdisciplinary research and new technologies will be essential elements.

This is why the European Commission (Directorate General for Research and Innovation) and the European Space Agency are working together to improve cooperation and to identify the grand science challenges in Polar research that may drive joint EC-ESA scientific activities in the coming years.

The European Polar Science Week is one of the first results of this increased cooperation between the two organisations. It will take place on-line during October 26-30 2020.

The overall objective of the European Polar Science Week is to bring together the European Polar science community, and reinforce European cooperation for Polar Science.
More specifically, the Polar Science Week will aim to:

  • Identifying major Polar scientific challenges, observation gaps and research needs for the coming years ;
  • Define major scientific priorities in polar research that may drive EC and ESA collaborative activities in the coming years and formulate recommendations for a EC-ESA Common Polar Science Agenda;
  • Share latest results in polar science with a focus on Earth Observation, and promote networking and collaborative research in Polar sciences, bringing together different expertise, data and resources in a systemic manner.

During this week, key scientists and stakeholders of Polar Science will have the opportunity discuss the major challenges and opportunities in front of us, promote networking and collaboration across projects and activities and support ESA and the EC to collect recommendations for the future Polar science priorities in Europe.

The European Polar Science Week is organised by the European Space Agency and the European Commission together with EASME (the European Executive Agency for SMEs) and EU PolarNet.

The European Polar Science Week will contribute to the implementation of several major policy initiatives:

The results of this event could feed into the revision of the EU Arctic policy, for which an open public consultation has been launched in July this year. The Public consultation is open until 6 November 2020, don’t hesitate to take part!


The event will take place on-line and will comprise different type of sessions promoting different levels of interaction with the community:

  • Plenary sessions with invited keynote speakers, including a final round table discussion focused around key topics of societal general interest;
  • Virtual Poster and virtual exhibition area. Using an IT tool allowing e-posters and other electronic material submitted by the community to be explored, presented and discussed, with open interaction among participants and the authors.
  • A set of parallel discussion sessions or side events proposed by the science community focusing on different topics and including presentations from keynote speakers.

The event is open to Polar researchers and students, modellers, Earth system and climate scientists, industry, policy makers, representatives of local communities and other stakeholders interested in sharing their knowledge and experience and contributing to drive the European polar scientific agenda.

The event will be virtual with all presentations and discussions done remotely.

Additional information on the virtual event will be provided in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned!

Contact info

Schedule and Deadlines

The event will be held online on 26-30 October 2020.
Additional information on the virtual event will be provided in the coming weeks.
Stay tuned!

Abstract submission opening 17 December 2019
Abstract submission closure Closed
Notification of acceptance 30 September 2020
Issue of Preliminary Programme 30 September 2020
Virtual Event 26-30 October 2020

Organising Committee

Nicole Biebow


Tatiana Burukhina

Nikal Solutions

Mark Drinkwater


Diego Fernandez


Rene Forsberg


Ola Grabak


Gaëlle Le Bouler


Sabrina Lodadio


Jan Ramboer


Irene Renis


Valeria Rosicarelli

Nikal Solutions

Nicolas Segebarth


Ana-Maria Stan


David Velazquez


Sasa Zavadlav


Alberto Zocchi


Scientific Committee

Jonathan Bamber

University of Bristol

Jérôme Benveniste


Monique Bernier


Jérôme Bouffard


Jason Eric Box


Matilde Brandt Kreiner


Wolfgang Dierking


Craig Donlon


Claude Duguay

University of Waterloo Canada

Marcus Engdahl


Fausto Ferraccioli

British Antarctic Survey

Andrew Fleming

British Antarctic Survey

Carolina Gabarró


Sebastian Gerland

Norwegian Polar Institute

Noel Gourmelen

University of Edinburg

Anna Hogg

University of Leeds

Angelika Humbert


Christine Hvidberg

Niels Bohr Institute

Johnny Johannessen


Michael Kern


Giovanni Macelloni


Kenichi Matsuoka

Norwegian Polar Institute

Eva Mätzler

ASIAQ Greenland

Mal McMillan

University of Lancaster

Heinrich Miller


John Moore

University of Lapland

Ruth Mottram


Thomas Nagler


Steffen Olsen


Tommaso Parrinello


Jouni Pulliainen

Finish Meteorological Institute

Eric Rignot

UC Irvine / NASA JPL

Louise Sandberg Sørensen


Stein Sandven


Andrew Shepherd

University of Leeds

Rune Solberg

Norwegian Computing Center

Julienne Stroeve


Johanna Tamminen


Marco Tedesco

Columbia University

Leif Toudal Pedersen


Anna Maria Trofaier


Gonçalo Vieira

University of Lisboa