The ICARP IV process is a community-wide undertaking that will engage Arctic researchers, Indigenous Peoples, policy makers, residents and stakeholders from around the world to collegially discuss the state of Arctic science, the place the Arctic occupies in global affairs and systems. ICARP IV will:
- consider the most urgent knowledge gaps and Arctic research priorities and needs for the next decade, and
- explore avenues to address these research needs.
One of the main goals for the ICARP IV engagement process is a truly inclusive, diverse, and engaging process. This process shall ensure that the scientific goals for the next decade are firmly grounded on the advice and needs of Arctic scientists and science organisations, indigenous people and Arctic residents, stakeholders, and rights-holders. An important aspect will be the development and implementation of a bottom-up approach complementing and advising the work of the ICARP IV International Steering Committee.
The first stage of the ICARP IV process will focus on seeking community input throughout 2023 with a diverse set of engagement activities (in-person and online). Individuals, groups, networks, institutions and organisations are encouraged to organise projects and events as part of this ICARP IV engagement process and report their outcomes back to us to ensure they are included in the development of the ICARP IV research priorities and implementation plans.
All upcoming activities will be posted in the Event calendar. IASC also encourages organisations that want to participate in the ICARP IV process as a partner to contact the IASC Secretariat at
How can you contribute to the ICARP IV process?
Individuals, groups, networks, institutions and organisations are encouraged to organise projects and events as part of the ICARP IV engagement process and seek endorsement for their activity from the ICARP IV International Steering Committee.
The endorsement process is necessary to ensure that all ICARP IV activities are:
- Tracked so their outcomes can feed into the later phases of the ICARP IV process (e.g. the work of the Research Priority Teams) and contribute to the ICARP IV outcomes and implementation plans;
- Highlighted and advertised to the Arctic research community and all other relevant stakeholders and rightsholders to ensure they are able to actively participate if the activity is relevant for them;
- Provided with the necessary background information and reporting templates for ICARP IV;
- Organised and targeted to contribute to the goals and aims of the ICARP IV process and to provide recommendations for the outcomes of the ICARP IV process.
Endorsement does not include a financial contribution to the proposed activity.
The ICARP IV International Steering Committee (ISC) will consider endorsement for activities that:
- Contribute to the goals and aims of the ICARP IV process;
- Acknowledge the importance of close coordination of all planned ICARP IV activities;
- Agree that a summary of the endorsed activity (including their logo, if applicable) will be made public through the ICARP IV website and other appropriate means;
- Agree to advertise their proposed activity via the ICARP IV website and communication channels based on the instructions provided to the endorsed activity;
- Agree to support the work of the International Steering Committee throughout the engagement period of ICARP IV (until end of 2026)
- Agree to be available for follow-up interviews, discussions, surveys or email communications within the ICARP IV process (until the end of 2026);
- Agree that a report about the results of the endorsed activity and its recommendations for the ICARP IV process will be submitted to the IASC Secretariat (
- Agree to acknowledge the ICARP IV endorsement by using the ICARP IV logo on any material created for the endorsed activity (website, printed materials).
Please submit the endorsement request form. A word version is available via the IASC secretariat at
Your request will be forwarded to relevant members of the ICARP IV International Steering Committee for assessment.
The IASC office will notify the project leader/activity organizers on the decision. You should expect to hear within a month of your request.