The IPY ‘From Knowledge to Action’ Conference to be held in Montreal in 2012
The Government of Canada has announced that the International Polar Year (IPY) "From Knowledge to Action" Conference will be hosted in Montreal, Quebec, April 22-27, 2012.
The IPY 2012 Conference will be the final event to wrap-up International Polar Year. It is expected that the Conference will attract as many as 3,000 science, policy and political delegates from around the world to present scientific research findings and to consider the policy implications of their work.
NoneDr Peter HarrisonDr. Peter Harrison, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Director of the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario has accepted the nomination as Chair to lead this international initiative and Dr. Karl Erb, Director of the United States National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, has agreed to Co-Chair the IPY Global Conference in 2012.
- Canada has played a lead role in the International Polar Year by providing significant funding for research in all disciplines. More importantly, Canada has been at the forefront in ensuring the focus on the human dimension and on traditional knowledge developed by Arctic indigenous people over millennia. The IPY 2012 Conference is a major opportunity for Canada and our international colleagues to continue to build on this important work, said Dr. Peter Harrison, Chair of the IPY 2012 Conference.
- The International Polar Year is already delivering impressive advances in scientific understanding. It has also created the international partnerships that made these advances possible. I believe that over the long term these partnerships will be at least as important as the discoveries that are being made through IPY, NoneDr Karl Erb said Dr. Karl Erb, Co-Chair of the IPY 2012 Conference.
- International cooperation on scientific research will be critical to addressing the challenges facing everyone on the globe, he added.
The Canadian IPY Program Office is leading the planning and coordination of the IPY 2012 Conference, in partnership with the National Research Council and the International IPY Joint Committee.
For more information, please see the full Press Release at: http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ai/mr/nr/s-d2009/23301-eng.asp
Last updated: 05.01.2010