The 2015 Polar Marine Science Gordon Research Conference (GRC) entitled “Polar Shelves and Shelf Break Exchange in Times of Rapid Climate Warming” will be held in Lucca, Italy from March 15-20, 2015. The GRCs provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, and their related technologies. The guiding principle of a GRC is to encourage communication and discussion of ideas and new unpublished results at the very frontier of a particular field of research, by bringing together outstanding scientists from academia, industry, and government, ranging from senior experts to Ph.D. students. With the increasing impacts of reduced sea ice and warming seawater conditions in both the Arctic and Antarctic, this conference can act as a forum for potentially transformative discussions for interdisciplinary, international and compare/contrast evaluation of polar sciences. In addition, the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will precede the GRC to provide a forum for graduate students and post-docs to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas with experts in the different polar fields of science.

Further information on the 2015 Polar GRC can be found at the conference website

This meeting link provides a description of the conference, listing of the invited speakers and discussion topics, registration link, and logistical information. The meeting is chaired by Dr. Paul Wassmann, University of Tromsø, Norway and co-chaired by Dr. Jackie Grebmeier, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA. The registration link is now open until February 15, 2015, including contact links for the organizers.