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The International Glaciological Society 2018 Symposium

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Hotel at the Lafayette
Buffalo, New York USA
3-8 June 2018

Limited Space Available
Please RSVP by June 3rd, 2018 with your name, institutional affiliation and if you are a student to 

  • On Monday, June 4 at 2:45 p.m., President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union Robin Bell will give a sustainability lecture sponsored by the UB College of Arts and Sciences. The title of her talk is, “Building an Ethical Sustainable Future: From the Poles to Our Homes.” While we prefer to talk about the beauty of ice, our community is grappling with the thorny issues brought forward by the #Metoo movement and climate change. Climate change is an “all hands on deck” moment that requires assembling all the talent we can.  Unethical behavior that has driven talent from our field and we must address it.  Simultaneously to be credible experts, scientists must reckon with their individual contributions to climate change.  The American Geophysical Union has moved in this direction by defining scientific misconduct to include bullying and harassing and by supporting a net-zero headquarters in Washington DC. Lively discussions on how to build an ethical, open sustainable future are essential from the icy poles to our homes.
    To RSVP, contact by June 3 with your name, institutional affiliation and information on whether you are a student.
  • On Monday, June 4 at 4 p.m., Shane Hanlon, producer for the science-focused podcast, “The Story Collider,” will lead a science communication workshop  that discusses compelling ways to share science, including through social media. “The Story Collider,” which is nationally known, is dedicated to true, personal stories about science. Scientists have many different options when thinking about ways to reach non-science audiences. As sharing science via social media becomes a staple mode of outreach, employees in scientific fields need to understand attractive and effective ways in which to connect with their audiences. In this (interactive!) presentation, attendees will learn how to use storytelling and social media in compelling and effective ways to communicate their science message; valuable skills, no matter the chosen profession. This workshop is being supported  from the College of Arts and Sciences. To RSVP, contact by June 3 with your name, institutional affiliation and information on whether you are a student.
  • On Monday, June 4 at 5 p.m., a networking event and reception will be held for attendees of the IGS symposium, sustainability lecture and science communication workshop, including the opportunity to talk to the speakers. To RSVP, contact by June 3 with your name, institutional affiliation and information on whether you are a student.

Local Organizing Committee:
Beata Csatho – University at Buffalo; (Chair)
Jason Briner – University at Buffalo;
Kristin Poinar – University at Buffalo;
Ted Scambos – National Snow and Ice Data Center;
Elizabeth Thomas – University at Buffalo;

Science Steering and Editorial Committee:
Chief Editors: Jesse Johnson – University at Montana;
Cornelis van der Veen – University at Kansas;

Travel and Hotel Questions: Barb Catalano –
Student Representative: Carolyn Roberts –

***We encourage students to share a room. If you need help finding a roommate to reduce expenses, please email

Student and early-career support applications are due on April 12, 2018



Hilton Garden Inn April 13th, 2018  deadline for group rate

The Hotel LafayetteApril 8th. 2018 deadline for group rate

The Holiday Inn ExpressMay 3rd, 2018 deadline for group rate

Embassy SuitesMay 3rd, 2018 deadline for group rate

For more information on the accommodations please refer to the Second Circular
 Second Circular January 2018


 Keynote Speaker:
Sebastian Copeland
From Pole to Pole: The Call of the Ice
How the ice foretells the next systemic transformation”



Symposium Banquet
Hotel Henry

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Co-Sponsored by:
Center for Geohazards, University at Buffalo
Department of Geology, University at Buffalo
College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo
Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water
(RENEW) Institute, University at Buffalo
National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder