The third International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP III) provides a framework to:

  • identify Arctic science priorities for the next decade;
  • coordinate various Arctic research agendas;
  • inform policy makers, people who live in or near the Arctic and the global community and
  • build constructive relationships between producers and users of knowledge.

ICARP III does not undertake the development of new science plans but rather builds on the many comprehensive science plans that exist already and compliments those with processes to identify gaps that may need attention.

Considering the outcomes of ICARP II, the International Polar Year, recent assessments and upcoming and new initiatives, it is a process for:

  • integrating priorities for forward-looking, collaborative, interdisciplinary Arctic research and observing and
  • establishing an inventory of recent and current synthesis documents and major developments in Arctic research.

Engaging all partners, including funders, in shaping the future of Arctic research needs, ICARP III:

  • produces a consensus statement identifying the most important Arctic research needs for the next decade;
  • provides a roadmap for research priorities and partnerships and 
  • identifies the potential and specific contributions of Arctic research partners to the International Polar Partnership Initiative

ICARP III is governed by a Steering Committee established by the participating organizations. It is structured along scientific themes and includes a series of events, culminating in a final conference at the Arctic Science Summit Week 2015.