Road to ICASS X newsletter

ROAD TO ICASS X
Newsletter #3

ROAD TO ICASS X – ISSUE 3

URGENT: IASSA TO COVER ICASS X REGISTRATION FEES!

 

Dear ICASS X Participants,

IASSA RECEIVED GRANT TO COVER ICASS X REGISTRATION FEES! MAY 16 WILL BE THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER.

ICASS ОПЛАЧИВАЕТ РЕГИСТРАЦИОННЫЙ ВЗНОС! РЕГИСТРАЦИЯ БУДЕТ ОТКРЫТА ДО 16 МАЯ

IASSA is pleased to announce that we were able to secure funds to cover REGISTRATION for ICASS X participants, whose papers were accepted to be included into the online program and who have registered by May 16, 2021. The funding is administered by the ARCTICenter, University of Northern Iowa through a National Science Foundation grant. Although we expect that the funds will be sufficient to cover all eligible participants, they will be distributed on the first come, first serve basis with the first priority given to Indigenous, early career and U.S. participants.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION WILL BE CLOSED AFTER MAY 16. Unregistered speakers will NOT be able to participate in ICASS X.

ELIGIBILITY:

Have an abstract accepted to be a part of ICASS X.
Complete registration at the ICASS X website by May 16, 2021. When register, please select all required options and fill all required fields, including appropriate registration fee amount you would have paid (this is needed to make correct charges to the grant).

IF YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED

If you meet eligibility criteria above, your registration fees payment will be returned to the same credit card used to pay it. Please be aware that processing this transaction may take from a few weeks to two months.

IASSA MEMBERSHIP

IASSA membership is not required for registration. IASSA membership is separate from registration fees and is not covered by this funding. Please go ahead and renew or start your membership: only IASSA members can vote in the General Assembly elections (for President, Council, place of ICASS XI, and bylaws) and fully participate in IASSA activities in 2021-2024.


ROAD TO ICASS X
Newsletter #2

ROAD TO ICASS X – ARKHANGELSK, JUNE 15-19, 2021
ISSUE 2

WELCOME
Dear IASSA members and ICASS X 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 NEWS

ICASS X Format
The IASSA Council and ICASS X Organizing Committee have considered various hybrid options for the Congress. These considerations included the inputs from the membership (the survey conducted at the time of abstract submission demonstrated that the ICASS attendees will be amenable to either in-person or online option), local hosts (NARFU and local health authorities), visa/travel experts and IASSA partners. Given the continuing uncertainties with the progression of the CIOVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, we determined that the following hybrid format will be the best option.

  • IN-PERSON PLENARIES AND ROUND TABLES: June 15-16 (arrival on June 14, limited to 150-200 attendees as per health authorities). All in-person plenaries will be recorded and broadcast online. 

The in-person component will take place in Arkhangelsk and will be by special invitation only. The limited number of participants will ensure that we follow safety protocols. The ICASS X Organizing Committee will issue the invitations only to the participants of the plenary panels and round tables organized by the Committee. These panels will also include virtual participants. Preference will also be given to early career and Indigenous scholars (including those receiving travel awards). We apologize in advance to those who cannot be invited due to the limited capacity under the public health rules. 

  • ONLINE SCIENCE PROGRAM: June 17-20 (all sessions, paper and poster presentations will take place online)   
  • ONLINE GENERAL ASSEMBLY: June 17
  • ONLINE ELECTIONS: IASSA Presidential and Council elections will be conducted online on June 17-19. Only active members will be able to participate. To renew your membership please go to https://iassa.org/membership/become-a-member 
  • REGISTRATION FEE: Registration will be open at https://icass.uni.edu/  in the next few days. 

Organized Sessions Update: More than 800 abstracts and 120 sessions have been accepted for ICASS X. This exceeds the number of proposed sessions and abstracts submitted last year! See the full list at: https://icass.uni.edu/session-proposals

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • 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 April 1, 2021 to IASSA President Andrey Petrov (andrey.petrov@uni.edu) with a copy to IASSA Secretary (ann.crawford@uni.edu
 


ROAD TO ICASS X
Newsletter #1

ROAD TO ICASS X – ARKHANGELSK, JUNE 15-19, 2021
ISSUE 1


WELCOME
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 NEWS

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: https://icass.uni.edu/session-proposals

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. https://icass.uni.edu/
 
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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 (andrey.petrov@uni.edu) with a copy to IASSA Secretary (ann.crawford@uni.edu) by 20 March 2021.