The 8th International ACUNS Student Conference on Northern Studies, titled Melting Boundaries: Carrying Out Effective Research in the Circumpolar World will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on October 19-21, 2007. The deadline for abstracts has been extended until June 15, 2007.
We are thrilled to announce that the conference will feature a keynote address by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a renowned Inuit activist who was recently recognized by her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, the conference will feature a panel discussion featuring representatives from academia, northern communities, governmental organizations, and industries. Furthermore, on Thursday October 18, 2007 an International Polar Year (IPY) Workshop will be held that will feature seminars from leading northern researchers.
Students from all disciplines of northern research, encompassing both the natural and social sciences, are encouraged to attend and participate in the conference. Sessions will feature the work of students researching:
•Contaminant Fate, Transport, and Toxicity
•Northern Public Policy
•Cultural Reclamation and Protection
•Physical Geography & Earth Sciences
•Hydrology and Climatology
•Ethics and Research in the North
•Biodiversity, Biogeography, and Ecology
•Research Partnerships and Collaborations
•Community and Population Health
•Archaeology and Geoarcheology
However, the above list is not exhaustive and we welcome abstracts from students from all disciplines of northern studies. The intent of this conference is to showcase student research that has a northern scope with a special emphasis on interdisciplinary research. The primary mandate of this conference is to provide students with effective ways to facilitate and communicate research objectives between the scientific community and northern residents. Our commitment is to recognize, respect and promote the diversity and wealth of worldviews of all persons involved in northern research.
Platform presentations are limited to 30 minutes, with 20-25 minutes per platform followed by 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. Poster presentations will be organized into a 90 minutes session, during which the author(s) must be available for questions and discussion. Students presenting research on public policy may submit a paper for consideration for the SIPP Best Student Paper on Public Policy Research, sponsored by the Saskatchewan Institute for Public Policy Research. Students not interested in consideration for a Best Paper Award need not submit a full manuscript.
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