Call for papers

11th Western Alaskan Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum

“Sharing Science and Knowledge”

Nome, Alaska • March 28–30, 2018

Hosted by UAF Northwest Campus, Nome, Alaska

Abstract submission closed Friday, March 9

Since 2008, WAISC has brought together scientists, rural Alaska leaders and community members, educators, and students to discuss science, research, and issues relevant to western Alaska. The 2018 conference will highlight regional research efforts, community-based environmental projects, traditional knowledge and local expertise with a special emphasis on effective communication between these interest groups.

Organizers welcome submissions drawn from all disciplines that address questions and issues of concern to western Alaska communities. We ask presenters to focus a part of their presentation on how they effectively share and communicate their results or insights with rural communities and across cultural boundaries.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations or workshops are invited and should be submitted by Friday, March 9, via e-mail to Claudia Ihl ( as a Word attachment. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words for oral (15 minutes) or poster presentations and 500 words for workshops (up to 1 hr 30 minutes), single-spaced, and should include the following information:

Abstracts for oral or poster presentations

Abstracts for workshops

Notifications of proposal acceptance will be sent by Monday, March 12. If a proposal is accepted, the presenter must register for the conference in order to participate.


Please contact

Claudia Ihl, Associate Professor of Biology, UAF Northwest Campus, Nome, (907) 443-8417,

Gay Sheffield, Alaska Sea Grant, UAF Northwest Campus, Nome, (907) 443-2397,