The ICARP IV process must mesh with other ongoing international activities and have broad community support and sponsorship. To ensure this, IASC is engaging our partners in Arctic research to enable a community-wide undertaking. We are continuing to recruit a cadre of leaders from across diverse institutions to guide the planning and facilitate the successful execution of this ambitious conference. This Steering Group will oversee the implementation of the ICARP IV process and provide intellectual and organizational support for the undertaking.
IASC encourages institutions and organisations that want to participate in the ICARP IV process to contact the IASC Secretariat at
International Steering Group (ISG). The ISG consists of appointees from our IASC partners. Members of the Steering Group are well qualified leaders representing a full range of scientific disciplines, knowledge systems, and Arctic regions. The SG includes representation from the Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic as well as a representative from the host country. It is tasked to identify and develop an overall conference goal, theme and agenda, sub-theme research questions, and mechanisms for post conference action and implementation. The SG will report to the IASC Executive Committee and our partner organizations on a regular basis between 2022 to 2025. The SG will have a Secretariat provided by IASC to assist in its function. The SG will collaborate closely with the Conference Host Committee that will be formed in winter/spring 2022.
Research Question Teams (RQTs). One of the early tasks of the SG will be to determine the appropriate scientific foci for the conference and how pre-conference decisions will guide the conference agenda and science planning activities. Through a multi-year process of broad engagement, the SG will determine not only the foci, but also the research questions to be addressed. As noted above, these questions will be cross-cutting, informed by experts and the most current literature, and will serve as the basis for the formation of Research Question Teams (RQTs). These RQTs will be led by co-chairs of one early career researcher and one senior scientist, with additional support provided by the IASC Working Groups (WG) who will advise as they develop products for the ICARP IV conference. Multidisciplinary teams were assembled to compile justifications for urgent research needs and to recommend research plans during ICARP I and II. ICARP III took a different approach by asking the broader international community to play a more engaged role in identifying critical information gaps. IASC WGs will be called upon to help resolve questions identified during the ICARP IV process. We also anticipate that our partner organizations represented on the SG will also address some of the plan’s urgent research questions and priorities in a manner befitting their mission and capabilities.