Road to ICASS X newsletter

Newsletter #1


Dear IASSA members and ICASS X (potential) participants!
ICASS X Organizing Committee and IASSA Council are launching the “Road to ICASS X” Newsletter to inform you on new and developments pertaining to ICASS X. We are excited to have the Congress approaching, but we realize that there are a lot of uncertainties associated with what could happen given the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel that having a regular update may be helpful.

ICASS X Organizing Committee has committed to work on a conference format that will include both in-person and online options.
Given the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are closely looking at having a hybrid format that includes both in-person and virtual options. The Organizing Committee and IASSA Council are committed to do everything possible to ensure that everyone who would like to participate in the Congress is able to do so, either in-person or online. Although we still plan to have a significant portion of the meeting in Arkhangelsk, we are currently exploring options and costs of providing participation alternatives. We are aware that having a hybrid conference may affect the costs of attendance and the ability to have a meaningful conference experience for all participants. We realize that we are constrained by the technology on the ground in Arkhangelsk and via the Internet. Given these considerations, we are working on a most practical solution. 
At this time we have not made any final decisions on exact details of the format. The ICASS X Organizing Committee meets every few weeks and will be regularly updating you on our decision process as more information becomes available.

Organized Sessions Update: More than 100 sessions have been accepted for ICASS X. This exceeds the number of proposed sessions submitted last year! See the full list at:

Call for Abstracts has been sent and the submission is open. The deadline is December 25, 2020. We encourage you to submit abstracts and respond to a survey on the acceptable format of the conference embedded in the abstract submission form. This will help us to determine what to do.

Call for bids for IASSA President (Term 2021-2024)
According to the new IASSA by-laws there will be an election of an IASSA president for the term 2021-2024. The candidates should include a presentation of the host university, financial and institutional commitments, experience and capacity in the proposal. Candidates will be presented in Northern Notes and on the IASSA website. Candidates for President will indicate their intention regarding where the next ICASS will be held, and present the name of a Co-convener as part of their bid for presidency. The Co-convener will come from the institution that is proposed to host the next ICASS (if the candidate for President proposes her/his own institution as the site of the next ICASS, a Co-convener will come from her/his institution.) ICASS will normally be held at academic institutions, and locations in Arctic states are preferred. Candidates for President are invited to prepare a short biographical sketch, qualifications and statement on their reasons for wanting to serve as IASSA President. The statement should also provide the rationale for the proposed site of the next ICASS. The bid should include evidence of institutional support from the highest level. The statement should not exceed two pages of text (not counting supporting letters). These statements will be published in Northern Notes prior to the ICASS meeting Any candidate for President may also run as a candidate for Council. Her/his name will not automatically be entered as a candidate for council: s/he must indicate an interest in this position as well as in the presidency. Any person identified as Co-convener may run for IASSA Council (but is not required to). Nominations for IASSA President must be received electronically by the IASSA President Andrey Petrov ( with a copy to IASSA Secretary ( by 20 March 2021.