Arctic Futures 2050 Conference

  • Arctic Futures 2050 Conference
  • 4–6 September 2019
  • Washington, D.C.

A novel conference of Arctic scientists, Indigenous Peoples, and policy makers jointly exploring the knowledge needed to inform decisions concerning the Arctic in coming decades.


Press: Arctic Futures 2050 Conference covered in The Arctic Sounder. Read the article here.

Thank You!: Thank you to all those who participated in the conference for the compelling and thoughtful discussions! More information on post-conference products will be posted here and sent to all registered participants in the weeks to come.

Registration: Online registration will close at 1pm ET on 3 September. After this time, we invite you to register in-person at the National Academy of Sciences Building.

Photo ID Required: All conference attendees must present a government issued photo ID to NAS Building security to gain entrance to the conference each day they attend.

Early Check-In on 3 September: There will be an early registration/check-in opportunity on Tuesday, 3 September from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at the National Academy of Sciences Building (Constitution Ave. entrance). Poster presenters are welcome to hang their posters at this time and beat the rush on Wednesday morning.

Poster Presentations: Download the schedule of conference poster sessions here. Abstracts and digital poster files are also now available online here.

Code of Conduct: Please take a moment to review the conference code of conduct here.

Weather note: the Weather Channel forecast for Washington, DC during the conference week is below.

As of 1 September, there is no forecast showing hurricane Dorian hitting the Washington area. We shall continue to monitor it.

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Pre-Conference Activities

Scenarios - A SEARCH-led scenarios workshop helps frame the Arctic Futures 2050 conference. Prepare to participate in the conference by reviewing and considering the scenarios here.

Knowledge and Policy Interplay Diagrams - Arctic Futures 2050 participants are invited to complete an optional four-question Knowledge-Policy-Interface survey to inform conference planning and post-conference products. Learn more and complete the survey here.

Intersection of Arctic Science and Policy Resources: Learn more about the intersection of Arctic Science and Policy by reviewing the background documents outlined in this reading list.

Network North Young Professionals Meetup: A reception for Arctic young professionals, scholars, and new leaders will be held the eve of the conference, on 3 September. For more information and to RSVP, go here.

Sign-Up For Updates

To receive updates on Arctic Futures 2050 conference proceedings or recordings, join the Arctic Futures 2050 Mailing List here.

For updates about all SEARCH activities, join the SEARCH Mailing List here.

Conference Live Stream

The Arctic Futures 2050 conference will be streamed live on 4-6 September from Washington, D.C. The conference will begin each day starting at 8:30am ET. Please check the conference program for the latest information on speaker and session times. No registration, fee, or download will be required to view the stream.

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An invitation to participate in the conference from SEARCH Executive Director Brendan Kelly:

A message about the Arctic Futures 2050 conference from Dr. Nikoosh Carlo and the Indigenous Participation Working Group