The International Conference on Arctic Research Planning (ICARP) is a decadal international Arctic research planning process convened every 10 years since 1995 by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) in cooperation with its partners. The IASC Founding Articles’ call for IASC to host such a conference periodically in order to “review the status of Arctic science, provide scientific and technical advice, and promote cooperation and links with other national and international organizations.”

The first ICARP was convened in Hanover New Hampshire, USA in 1995, implementing the IASC Founding Articles’ call for IASC to host such a conference periodically in order to “review the status of Arctic science, provide scientific and technical advice, and promote cooperation and links with other national and international organisations.” Since then, it has been the role of IASC to coordinate this important meeting every decade.

ICARP II was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2005 and developed twelve forward-looking science plans and resulted in several follow-up international projects and programs, mostly within the framework of the International Polar Year 2007-2008.

ICARP III was in Toyama Japan in 2015 and provided a framework to further the development of cross-cutting, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary initiatives for advancing Arctic research cooperation and applications for Arctic knowledge. The IASC Strategic Plan (2018 – 2023), for example, builds on the key priorities and overarching messages of ICARP III.

Find out more about the past ICARPs and their outcomes.

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