ASSW2015 / April 23-30, 2015 Toyama International Conference Center, Toyama, Japan

ASSW2015 was held in Toyama, Japan

 The ASSW (Arctic Science Summit Week) 2015 was successfully held from April 23 to 30, 2015 at the Toyama International Conference Center in Toyama, Japan with a total of 708 participants from 27 countries, under the auspices of IASC (International Arctic Science Committee) and co-organized by the Science Council of Japan. The ASSW is the largest annual Arctic Science Meeting in the world, and this was the first time it was held in Japan.

During the first 4 days, committee meetings of IASC and other Arctic organizations were held to discuss ongoing and new research projects, as well as the role of Arctic science in society, science priorities for the coming decade and new strategies to promote international cooperation. On April 26, a public lecture titled “Arctic came to Toyama!” was held and nearly 500 attendees including people from the near-by prefectures. IASC President Susan Barr, geophysicist Shun Akasofu and photographer Naoki Ishikawa delivered a talk, and afterwards specialists on snow and ice of Arctic and Toyama convened a panel discussion.

During the final 4 days, joint sessions of ICARPIII (International Conference on Arctic Research Planning) and ISAR-4 (International Symposium on Arctic Research) were held. The Honorary Chairperson of the ASSW2015, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado attended the plenary session on the first day, and spoke of her hopes for Arctic research. Also, a message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was presented. During the 26 scientific sessions, there were many presentations and much discussion about Arctic natural science as well as human and social science. At the end, the ASSW2015 Conference Statement, outlining the future direction of Arctic research was announced. The next ASSW will be held in March 2016 at Fairbanks, Alaska.

Local Organizing Committee of ASSW2015

Arctic Science Summit Week

The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is the annual gathering of the international organizations engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research. The purpose of the summit is to provide opportunities for coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science. The summit attracts scientists, students, policy makers and other professionals from all over the world.

What's new

July24, 2015
Photo gallery is now available.
July24, 2015
Session report of Science Symposium ISAR-4/ICARPIII has been posted.
July23, 2015
Speech of H.I.H. Princess Takamado in the Opening Session of Science Symposium ISAR-4/ICARPIII has been posted.
May1, 2015
"Conference Statement" can be found by clicking the banner right.
April21, 2015
Now you can see abstract, meeting agenda and meeting description of the open meetings.
Just click the session and meeting marks in the program at "Program" page. If you click the room number (name), you may find the presentation titles and abstract chronologically.  
April13, 2015
ASSW2015 Program is now open.
April8, 2015
The latest information on Reception and Icebreaker is found at "Events / Reception and Ice-breaker".
April7, 2015
Side meeting list has been uploaded at "Events" -> "Side meetings".
March26, 2015
Registration will close on March 31.
February23, 2015
ASSW2015 4th Circular opens. Note that "Earlybird" registration will be closed on February 28.
February18, 2015
”Time table for Shinkansen and ANA flight between Tokyo/Toyama” is added to the page "Venue and Access"
February6, 2015
The draft of the session programs are now possible to download at "Program".
It is not the final one and subject to change without notice.
January9, 2015
The draft of the eitire program of ASSW2015 is now shown at "Program"
November18, 2014
Abstract Submission is closed.
November10, 2014
Abstract Submission deadline extended to November 17, 2014
November6, 2014
Information for the Conference Travel Grants for Early Career Scientists is open.
October16, 2014
ASSW 3rd Circular has been modified.
Call for abstracts for ISAR-4 / ICARP III Symposium will be closed Soon.
September19, 2014
Third Circular opens.
Registration and Call for Abstract starts Excursions page opens.
July03, 2014
The website for ASSW2015 is open!
May30, 2014
ASSW2015 2nd Circular open.

Important dates

June 30, 2014
Call for Sessions closes
September 19, 2014
Third Circular opens. Registration and Call for Abstract starts
November 10, 2014
Call for Abstract closes
December 19, 2014
Acceptance Notice for Abstract
February 6, 2015
Program opens
February 28, 2015 (24:00 JST)
Early-bird closes
March 31, 2015 (24:00 JST)
Registration closes
March 4, 2015
Deadline for the application for a invitation letter needed to apply to Japanese Visa.