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IPY and beyond

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2008, sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), was an unprecedented two-year programme of international science, education, and outreach that brought together the ideas, energy, and resources of many thousands of participants from more than 60 countries in an interdisciplinary framework. IPY 2007–2008 provides a shining example of ICSU’s role in planning and implementing international science programmes.

ICSU and the International Polar Year 2012 Conference

In addition to sponsoring the Oslo 2010 and St. Petersburg 2008 IPY conferences, ICSU was a key sponsor of the 2012 From Knowledge to Action conference in Montreal that advanced polar science for policy.

The IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference was one of the largest and most important scientific conferences for polar science and climate change, impacts and adaptation. Keynote presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions and workshops provided the focal points for translating polar knowledge into actions that will enable people to live in, adapt to, or benefit from, our changing world.

For more information, see the IPY 2012 'From Knowledge to Action' Conference website.

by Saskia Heijltjes

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