Canada’s official IPY launch!

We hope you are just as excited about the big IPY launch as we are! This is the first initiative of its kind in more than 50 years and only the fourth such undertaking in history!

If you wish to watch the live webcast of the Canadian IPY launch – check out this site tomorrow morning at 11:15 a.m.

Or if you’d like to watch the international launch ceremony in Paris – you can do so on the Arctic Portal site. It starts at 11 a.m. local time – or 5 a.m. EST! Visit the official IPY site for information about activities near you.

Here in Canada’s capital – Students on Ice has a busy day planned…

We will start the day by heading down to the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Great Hall to participate in the official Canadian launch of the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009! The special Canadian launch event will feature Dr. David Hik, Executive Director of the Canadian IPY Secretariat, as well as some scientific experts. The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development; as well as John Baird, Minister of the Environment.

After the morning events, we will high-tail it over to Carleton University for another special IPY event – hosted by Carleton U. and the University of Ottawa. SOI lecturer, glaciologist and two-time Polar Medal recipient Dr. Fritz Koerner will deliver a key-note speech. 50 years ago, Fritz took part in the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958)!

Below are a few polar science images from the past…

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