The International Polar Year (IPY) is an international scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. The Canadian north, including the Northwest Territories, is a key region for IPY researchers from Canada and internationally.

The Canadian IPY Program is focusing on climate and community sustainability in the north, and the Northwest Territories is poised to benefit from increased understanding of climate change processes and community adaptation, as well as numerous other research programs.

The IPY 2012 Conference is the final event of International Polar Year 2007 - 2008, the largest international program of interdisciplinary polar research ever undertaken. This conference will provide an opportunity to apply and disseminate the knowledge and scientific results from IPY from around the world and focus on next steps. For more information please visit

International Polar Year (IPY) "From Knowledge to Action" Conference to be held in Montreal, Quebec from April 22 to 27, 2012. The IPY 2012 Conference wil be the final event to wrap-up International Polar Year. It is expected that the Conference will attract as many as 3,000 science, policy and political delegates from around the world to present scientific research findings and to consider the policy implications of their work. The Canadian IPY Program Office is leading the planning and coordination of the IPY 2012 Conference, in partnership with the National Research Council and the International IPY Joint Committee.

From January 19th to the 21st, 2011 the Aurora Research Institute hosted the NWT International Polar Year Results Conference at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School (SAMS) in Inuvik, NWT. The conference was an opportunity for researchers who had conducted their research in the Northwest Territories to present their results back to the community. The following is the report and other materials from that conference:




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