12th Annual Polar Technology Conference

March 21-22, 2016

Denver, Colorado

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About the conference

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The 12th annual Polar Technology Conference (PTC) will be hosted by Polar Field Services and CH2MHILL Polar Services. The primary purpose of this conference is to bring together Polar Scientists and Technology Developers in a forum to exchange information on research system operational needs and technology solutions that have been successful in polar environments. This exchange of knowledge helps to address issues of design, implementation, and deployment for systems that are to achieve their research goals in the Polar Regions.

Past participants have come from the private sector, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia. Presentations generally cover system requirements for proposed research along with descriptions of systems and approaches that have been proven in polar deployments. Typical hardware and software topics have included weather stations, robotics, power systems, telemetry, and remote communications. The scale of systems ranges from the autonomous data collection towers to large scale research stations. Polar venues represented include under, on, and above the ice, tundra, or sea.

Discussions on intra- and inter-national cooperation in site deployment and maintenance are encouraged. Informal breaks allow for opportunities for networking and information exchange. A poster session is also included. Workshops have been held offering tutorial exchanges on specific technologies (e.g., power systems, Iridium). We are pleased to have support from the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs as an endorsement of the concept of bringing together providers and consumers of these technologies in hopes of benefiting from that synergy.

Presentations and a list of participant from the previous conferences can be found here.

Registration and abstract submission

Type Deadline Price
Standard March 18, 2016 $150
Student March 18, 2016 $75
The registration fee includes a lunch buffet and refreshments at the morning and afternoon breaks.

Presentations require an abstract submission by March 11, 2016 for consideration for inclusion in the formal program. Abstracts received after that date will be considered only if there is room in the schedule.

Oral presentations: Presentations will be scheduled for both days. You should allow 20-minutes for the presentation (15-minutes for the slides and 5-minutes for questions and transition). The first day of the conference is expected to follow the plan of previous conferences, with an emphasis on systems generally operating on low power and/or autonomously. The last day will feature larger installations, typically populated sites (e.g., research stations), and ice cap traverses. This format may change, subject to the presentation proposals received.

Poster presentations: A session will be devoted just to posters, where the authors will be available for discussions. The display boards will be available throughout the conference, however, to allow the full set to be viewed at your leisure. The poster session will be held in the afternoon of the second day, March 22.

An informal Display Area will be provided for project or vendor equipment and/or brochures. A limited number of folding tables will be provided in an unsecured area adjacent to the main conference meeting room. This area may be used for meetings or discussions during breaks and the poster session. Please advise the Steering Committee if you wish table space.

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Conference venue

The conference will be held the Polar Field Services (PFS) meeting facility located at:

8100 Shaffer Parkway, Suite 100
Littleton, Colorado 80127
(303) 984-1450

Conference hotel

Arrangements have been made with the Homewood Suites for a reduced group rate for PTC attendees. The Homewood Suites is located about half a mile from the conference venue. A block of rooms has been set aside for PTC attendees and need to be reserved by March 5, 2016. Reservations can be make online at Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver - Littleton

Group code:PFS
Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver - Littleton
7630 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, Colorado 80127
Room reservations

Special activities

We will be gathering at the Rox Bar and Grill on Monday evening from 5-7pm. They are located a few blocks from the meeting venue. We will have heavy hor d'oeuvres on hand and the tap room has a wonderful selection of Colorado microbrews for purchase. It will be great chance to meet and share ideas.

Rox Bar and Grill
12684 W. Indore Place
Littleton, CO 80127 303-972-2769

Previous presentations and participants

2005 Mountain View, California
2006 Mountain View, California
2007 Menlo Park, California
2008 Menlo Park, California
2009 Madison, Wisconsin
2010 Boulder, Colorado
2011 Albuquerque, New Mexico
2012 Fairlee, Vermont
2013 Annapolis, Maryland
2014 Bloomington, Indiana
2015 Denver, Colorado

2012 PTC Meeting Report
2013 PTC Meeting Report

Contact information

Please contact the Steering Committee for additional information: