Arctic Yearbook 2015
In order to provide a more robust roadmap for researchers working on the region, in 1995 IASC
convened the first International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP I), which brought
together more than 250 scientists and defined ten large research themes, later undertaken by scientists
and translated into concrete research projects. Moreover, as Oran Young notes, ICARP I provided
IASC with a programmatic identity and enhanced links between Arctic and global science. It also
brought a sense of community among scientists working on Arctic issues (Oran Young in: Rogne et
al. 2015: 42-43).
As the first conference proved to be a success, it was decided that it would be repeated every ten years.
Hence, the second ICARP took place in 2005 in Copenhagen. It gathered more than 450 participants
and produced twelve scientific plans, which helped to identify fundamental questions for Arctic
science as well as numerous activities that later contributed to the fourth International Polar Year
(2007-2008) and were subsequently implemented. Another form of legacy of ICARP II and the fourth
IPY has been a very strong encouragement for inclusion of early career scientists into the work of
IASC, which began in the preparations to both initiatives. Since its foundation in 2006 the Association
of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) has developed