UK Arctic Conference

The fifth UK Arctic Science Conference will be hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban.

19 - 21 September 2017, Oban, Scotland

The dates for the next UK Arctic Science Conference have been confirmed. It will take place over three days from lunchtime Tuesday 19th September to lunchtime Thursday 21st September 2017 and will be hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban. Further details, including the Conference webpages, will be available in due course. For now, please save the date in your diaries!

The UK Arctic Science conferences have brought together researchers with a common interest in the Arctic environment. Since its inception in 2009 there has been a great diversity in the science that has been presented. The conference is multidisciplinary and with an inclusive approach to abstract submission.

This will be the fifth UK Arctic Science Conference. The programmes from previous conferences can be found on the NERC website.

If using Twitter in the lead up to and during the conference, please include #ArcticConf.


The Scottish Association for Marine Science will be hosting the UK Arctic Science Conference 2017, with financial and administrative support from the NERC Arctic Office. This three day conference brings together UK Arctic scientists of all natural and social science disciplines to present and discuss recent findings.

The conference will be held in Corran Halls, Oban.  Location map on Google.





Atmosphere:  Atmospheric Dynamics, Arctic- Mid-latitude Weather Linkages, Air Chemistry and Pollution

Cryosphere:  Sea-ice processes (physical and biogeochemical), modelling and prediction, permafrost, glacial environments.

Marine:  Ocean dynamics and prediction, biological, ecosystem and geochemical processes, marine geology and paleo records of arctic change

Social and Human:  Security, governance and law, natural resources including fisheries, human health and well-being

Terrestrial:  arctic terrestrial and freshwater environments, landscapes and biota.

The Scientific Committee

Chaired by Prof David Pond, SAMS 

Atmosphere: Phil Anderson, SAMS

Cryosphere: Tom Cowton (Glaciology) – University of St Andrews, Daniela Flocco (Sea ice) - University of Reading

Marine: Neil Banas, Strathclyde University, Helen Findlay, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Social and Human: Tavis Potts, University of Aberdeen

Terrestrial/Geology: Claire Robinson (Terrestrial), University of Manchester, John Howe (Marine Geology), SAMS




There will be an opportunity to present posters at this event. Further details will be circulated in the near future.

Side Meetings

There are rooms available for side meetings. It is likely that the UK Sea ice group and the UK Polar Network will have their meetings either side of the Conference. If you are interested in holding a side meeting, please contact Finlo Cottier at SAMS in the first instance and as early as possible.



Travel and Accommodation

Corran Halls are within walking distance of a range of hotels. Please note, rooms have been held at the following hotel:

Oban Bay Hotel: Guests can contact the hotel direct, and use reference SAMS180917 to take advantage of the conference rate. Rates are £55 b&b for a single room, £70.00 B&B for a double room, sole occupancy, and £80 B&B for double room with 2 people (they also offer this rate for twin rooms). This rate will be held until the 31st May 2017.

For travel and further accommodation options, please see the following websites:




Dr Finlo Cottier, SAMS – Chair of the Local Organising Committee - 

Professor David Pond, SAMS - Chair of the Scientific Organising Committee - 

Nicola Munro, NERC Arctic Office (Registration and abstract submission) -