SPARC 2021 conference programme:

SPARC 2021 conference proceedings:

SPARC 2021 - 2nd flyer

The SPARC is approaching fast, we would thus like to announce the keynote talks of invited speakers that will focus on both biological and geoscientific aspects of the research in the high latitudes.

Remember the dates: 3 - 4 May 2021 and registration deadline 22 April.

More news coming soon!

Keynote lectures:

Ólafur Arnalds (Agricultural University of Iceland): Nature, degradation and collapse of sub-arctic ecosystems in Iceland

Aga Nowak (University Centre in Svalbard, Norway): What do we know about Svalbard hydrology after 50 years of research

Eveline Pinseel (University of Arkansas, USA):        Poles apart: biogeography and evolutionary history of Polar diatom communities

Matt Strzelecki (University of Wroclaw, Poland): Paraglacial coastal systems in warming Arctic - landforms, evolutionary mechanisms and impact of geohazards

Jan Tumajer (University of Greifswald, Germany/ Charles University, Czechia):                                   Growing faster or for longer? Climate-change effects on cambial phenology and kinetics in cold and dry environments

SPARC 2021 - 1st announcement

Already for the 7th time, the Students in Polar and Alpine Research Conference will be held at the Department of Geography, Masaryk University, in Brno, Czechia, on the 3 and 4 May 2021.

Whether you are an undergraduate/PhD student or early-career researcher (less than 5 years after the PhD defence) working in the fields of geosciences or biosciences in the Polar and alpine environments, you are most welcome to attend our conference.

We are aware of the current COVID-19 situation complicating the international travels, therefore the entire conference will be virtually streamed for those who cannot attend in person. We encourage you thus to register and prepare your contributions! Several talks from the last year's conference can be seen here.

How to contribute

The conference is free of charge for all participants. The registration form and further information including abstract guidelines can be found here.

Important dates

22 April 2021                       Deadline for registration and abstract submission

3 - 4 May 2021                     SPARC - oral and poster presentations, keynote lectures

Invited keynote speakers

Olafur Arnalds     (Agricultural University of Iceland)

Aga Nowak           (University Centre in Svalbard, Norway)

Eveline Pinseel    (University of Arkansas, USA)

Matt Strzelecki    (University of Wroclaw, Poland)

Jan Tumajer         (University of Greifswald, Germany / Charles University, Czechia)


The conference is organized with financial support from EEA grants via the project Cool Science and also with support from the Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno.