The International Polar Year: What it means for Alaska

Release Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2007

For Immediate Release 

Alaska played an important role in the first International Polar Year (IPY) in 1882-83, and scientists in state and around the globe are now gearing up for the fourth IPY, which begins this March and extends through March 2009. In a lecture on Jan. 16, Hajo Eicken, Associate Professor of Geophysics at University of Alaska Fairbanks, will address the prospects that IPY-4 offers Alaska researchers, educators and the public to jointly address the challenges and opportunities of unprecedented change under way in the North. Eicken is co-chair of the Research Subcommittee for UAF’s IPY Steering Committee and has been working for the past year to prepare for this historic event.

“The International Polar Year 2007-08: Opportunities for Alaska” will launch the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series, coordinated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The series, which has been running for more than a decade, takes place in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and Seward throughout January and February. 

The weekly public lectures, coordinated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, present the latest scientific findings relevant to all Alaskans. The free, one-hour lectures begin at 7:15 p.m. Mondays in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium on the UAA campus. The Imaginarium will give educational demonstrations before each lecture. All ages are welcome.


Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series can be found online at


Hajo Eicken, Associate Professor of Geophysics, UAF: 474-7280
Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute Information Officer: (907) 474-5823
Melissa Hart, Geophysical Institute Public Relations Assistant: (907) 474-7853