ICYS – Ice Core Young Scientists

Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) is an informal, international network of early career scientists dedicated to the study of polar and alpine ice cores and ice core-related sciences. Our purpose is to foster personal connections among young scientists from around the world, in order to build a supportive ice core science community and to inspire future collaborations.

2021 international ice-core seminar series

ICYS is pleased to announce a new international ice-core seminar series, with the support of the International Partnership in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS).

ICYS will hold monthly seminars with two talks – one from a senior researcher, followed by an early-career researcher (ECR) in a similar research theme.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Organizers hope that this will be a good way to bring together international ice-core-related research.

The series aims to provide much needed scientific interactions between researchers at all stages in their careers, especially given the cancellation of in-person conferences at this time.

Upcoming program

The second seminar will be held on 1 April from 20:00-21:00 UTC. All details: http://pastglobalchanges.org/calendar/2021/127-pages/2129

The third seminar will be held on 15 April from 20:00-21:00 UTC. All details: http://pastglobalchanges.org/calendar/2021/127-pages/2137

The fourth seminar will be held on 27 May (times TBA). All details: http://pastglobalchanges.org/calendar/2021/127-pages/2138

Interested in presenting?

Anyone who is keen to give a presentation of their work should contact the organizers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Past program

The first seminar took place on 25 February.

1. "Mass spectrometry under the ice", Carlo Barbante (Ca' Foscari University of Venice) (15 min) + Questions and discussion (8 min).

2. "High res = high gain? New frontiers in ice core trace element analysis with laser ablation ICP-MS", Pascal Bohleber (Ca' Foscari University of Venice) (10 min) + Questions and discussion (8 min).

The seminar also presented more details on the new DEEPICE training network:
3. "DEEPICE: A new research & training network on understanding proxies from Antarctic deep ice", Emilie Capron (10 min) + Questions and discussion (8 min).

History of ICYS


ICYS was conceived at the International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) First Open Science Conference, held in Giens, France, in October 2012. Developed by a small, passionate group of early-career scientists from Europe, Australia and the United States, ICYS exists to foster personal relationships among young ice core researchers from around the world.

How to become a member

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Follow ICYS on: LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

Upcoming workshop

ICYS will hold a one-day workshop as part of the 3rd IPICS Open Science Conference in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, from 10-15 October 2021. All details: http://pastglobalchanges.org/calendar/upcoming/127-pages/1967

Organizing committee (in alphabetical order)


6 March 2016
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
20 Castray Esplanade
Hobart, Tasmania

Since its formation, Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) has been successful in establishing an international network of early career scientists. The group's purpose is to facilitate personal connections among young scientists, build a supportive ice core science community, and foster collaborations. ICYS has organised informal gatherings and networking events at many large science conferences globally since 2012. In connection with the second IPICS 2016 Open Science Conference (7-11 March 2016), ICYS organized the first ever workshop specifically for early career ice core scientists, on the day preceding the main conference.

The workshop aimed to foster collaboration among young scientists in the community, enhance specific skills relevant to ice core science, and provide a forum for discussion of important career-related topics. The workshop will include plenary sessions on the future of ice coring science, as well as supervised break-out discussions of “softer” skills that are vital to a scientific career but rarely are part of the formal academic training. The workshop will also feature a panel discussion with senior scientists on topics such as work/life balance, strategies for dual-career couples, challenges involved in being a chief scientist, leadership techniques as a PI, etc.

For more information, go to http://www.ipics2016.org/ and join the ICYS group on Facebook.

Image gallery

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No. 1: Lana examines storm layers in a snow pit on Roosevelt Island, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, 2011
No. 2: The WAIS Divide ice core drill rotates upward in preparation for collecting another core.
No. 3: Alpine ice core drilling at Silvretta Glacier, Switzerland.
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No. 4: Crystals in the NEEM ice core from approximately 10.000 years BP, as viewed through polarized light.
No. 5: The ice-bedrock interface from a 210 m ice core drilled at 13,000 ft on Mt. Hunter, Alaska, 2013.
No. 6: NEEM camp site, Northern Greenland.
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No. 7: Reaching the bedrock at NEEM, North Greenland, July 2010. Final length of core: 2537m.
No. 8: A researcher evaluates a freshly drilled section of brittle ice drilled at WAIS Divide.
No. 9: Replicate coring WAIS Divide, Antarctica, 2013