2018 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum

Sharing Science and Knowledge

March 28–30, 2018
Nome, Alaska

The annual Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference (WAISC) aims to bring together local and indigenous knowledge of subsistence–based communities and other scientific research relevant to the Bering Strait region, including environmental and health issues important to rural communities. This is the third time WAISC will be held in Nome. This year’s conference focuses on how science and traditional knowledge is effectively communicated within rural communities.

Agenda now available

The agenda and schedule is now available, including presentation titles and speakers.

Plenary speakers

6:30pm, Wednesday, March 28
Carolina Behe, Indigenous Knowledge/Science Advisor, Inuit Circumpolar Council Understanding the Arctic through a co-production of knowledge​.

8:00am, Thursday, March 29
Richard Thoman, NOAA/National Weather Service -
2017–18 Sea ice in western Alaska: Historical context and possible drivers​.

8:00am, Friday, March 30
Megan Alvanna Stimpfle, Principal Strategist, Arctic Geopolitical Consulting
Place-based knowledge and decision making​.​

Registration now open

Registration is open online. The registration fee is $75, and a ticket for the banquet on March 29 can also be purchased for $25. Residents of the Bering Strait region can enter code bering-res during checkout to have the fee waived.

preconference adventures poster

Pre-conference Adventures

Arriving in Nome by mid-day Wednesday, March 28? Sign up ASAP for a pre-conference adventure like dog mushing or a reindeer ranch tour. Some tours require you to bring specific gear.

Call for Papers

Submissions for abstracts for oral and poster presentations and workshops closed March 9. For more information, see the Call for Papers.

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For questions

Claudia Ihl, Associate Professor of Biology, UAF Northwest Campus, Nome, (907) 443-8417, cihl@alaska.edu

Gay Sheffield, Alaska Sea Grant, UAF Northwest Campus, Nome, (907) 443-2397, gay.sheffield@alaska.edu

Hope to see you there!