Eda Ayaydin, the IASC Fellow 2023, represented MIARC at the Polar Symposium 2024 “From Arctic to Antarctic: The Cold is Getting Hot!” held in Monaco February 22-23, 2024.

The Polar Symposium convened, for the second time, leading scientists to discuss how, how fast and in what ways changes in our planet’s polar regions are affecting Earth climate, living and social systems and how this concerns us all. It is being organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) as co-conveners, in collaboration with the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco - the Prince Albert I Foundation, the Scientific Center of Monaco, the European Polar Board, and the World Economic Forum.


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Eda Ayaydin served as a rapporteur in two workshops: Workshop 1 / How Can Long-Term Initiatives Collaboratively Shape the Next Decade? Connecting, Relating, and Defining Common Priorities for Polar Research and Policy co-organized by the European Polar Board focused on science policy considerations, delving into the question of how to transfer and implement scientific data at the political level, both nationally and internationally as well as Workshop 2 / How can we make sure that the impacts of global climate change on the polar regions are factored into global strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation? co-organized by the World Economic Forum dedicated to human activities, biodiversity, and tourism in Polar regions. The participants discussed extensively the securitization of the Arctic after the Russian invasion of Ukraine changed the general discourse, as well as funding for projects in social science, the role of tourism, and the need for top-down regulations to address tourism issues.



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